Wayne County recruits to visit Florida

After trying to flip a number of committed prospects throughout the 2014 recruiting, Wisconsin football will have to wait and see if Jesup (GA) Wayne County teammates Krenwick Sanders and Jeremy Patterson flip to Florida, where they plan to take an official visit this weekend.

With national signing day inching closer, teams are pushing to get commitments from players who have already committed. Wisconsin has certainly been doing it, offering kids committed to California, Indiana and South Florida in the past month.

Now the Badgers are learning that turnabout is fair play, having to re-recruit some of their commitment players who are being heavily pursued by other programs.

Arguably two of Wisconsin's top recruits – Jesup (GA) Wayne County three-star teammates Krenwick Sanders and Jeremy Patterson – are expected to spend next weekend in Florida, according to their head coach Jody Grooms.

"Florida has been pressing hard in the last month," Grooms told Badger Nation. "I assume Joker Phillips and coach (Will) Muschamp is probably heavily involved in recruiting."

Sanders, the No. 104 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, and Patterson, the No. 49 defensive tackle, won't be the only two going on the visit, so Grooms said it shouldn't be the most serious of visits. "It's still in the information gathering process," he said of the trip and both players' relationships with Muschamp. "It certainly not nearly as good as the one they have with coach (Gary) Anderson. He has been recruiting those guys for a long time so at the end of the day you know he's got a great relationship with him. I don't think they're going to be misled by any means."

As far as their current commitments to Wisconsin, Grooms said Sanders and Patterson are not planning on changing their minds, pointing to their relationship with Andersen.

"I think they're solid," he said. "I think the University of Wisconsin has done a great job selling their product, recruiting these kids. These kids are country kids and they haven't seen much. It's just another opportunity for them to see another top quality program and at least have something to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges."

Grooms said because of Patterson and Sanders' schedules, the two do not have any other visits planned in the near future. Going to Florida will basically be a way to see a school just a few hours south.

"The thing about it is if those two go to Wisconsin, Madison might as well be Moscow," he said. "If you really don't know college football, you don't realize how special Madison is, so I think Florida is going to have to do a great job to get those kids away from Wisconsin."

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