Wisconsin hosted Mankato (MN) West junior Ryan Schlicte and Green Bay (WI) Ashwaubenon junior James Morgan during Wisconsin's junior day last weekend. The 6-4, 205-pound Morgan once again enjoyed a return visit to Madison.
"It was a pretty fun visit and we got to see and do a lot," Morgan told Badger Nation. "We were able to talk with the coaches and we got to hear a great presentation from coach Gary Andersen. He talked about the goals and values that represent Wisconsin. I thought that they were really good and respectable and they were all over the facilities."
After Andersen's presentation the players broke off into position groups and like Andersen, Morgan – an early three-star quarterback - came away impressed by offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig.
"I can tell coach Ludwig is a good guy and a good coach," Morgan said. "He talked about where the quarterback position stands today and how he thought Joel Stave made some strides over this past season but said he had still ways to go. He also talked about where they stand in quarterback recruiting and what they are looking for in quarterbacks. They want someone who's a student of the game, someone with a strong arm, a good leader and being able to extend plays."
Although Morgan knows he doesn't fit all of Ludwig's criteria, he still feels like he would be able to fit well in the Badgers offensive system.
"I feel like my strength right now is my arm," Morgan said. "When I'm out there I try to grip it and rip it, so I can try and make some plays out there with my arm. I personally would rather throw it then run it but I feel like I could run if I needed to."
There were a lot of memorable parts for Morgan about the visit but the interaction between himself and the coaches and the other visitors was the best for him.
"It was cool seeing the Wisconsin campus, going to my first college basketball game, seeing the locker room and trying on some gear," Morgan said. "The icing on the cake was being able to interact with the coaches and the other players who were there. You can tell coach Andersen is a player's coach, along with the rest of the coaching staff, and it was cool seeing where everyone was from if they weren't from Wisconsin. All the recruits were interacting well with each other. Everyone was talking a little bit about how their high school teams did this past season and how football is played in different areas. It was just a good visit overall."