Connections and ties are a big part of recruiting and what can separate teams from others in certain races. One of the top backs in the South is Douglasville (GA) Alexander junior Mikell Lands-Davis and he has heard from many coaches, but Wisconsin's running backs coach Thomas Brown is someone that he has built a strong relationship early.
First talking with Brown when the tailback coach was at Marshall, that relationship helped Lands-Davis this past week when he landed a Badgers offer, which is a very big one for him.
"I fit what they need up there," Lands-Davis told BadgerNation. "I wanted that offer because I have been talking to him and he has been telling me … that me that he loves me and then said he wanted to offer me. I figured it was coming, but I just didn't know if they were waiting to see if they wanted to offer somebody else. It came and I was real excited about it. I know it is ‘Running Back University' over there like they had two running backs that went over 1,000 yards last season, which is like unheard of and it is crazy."
With the addition of Brown to the Wisconsin coaching staff, it instantly sparked interest to the three-star recruit, who is ranked the 66th tailback in the country by Scout.com, because of that bond he has created with him.
"He is probably the coach I am tightest with," said Lands-Davis. "When he was at Marshall, I had seen him twice, talked to him at the end of my sophomore year and he was one of the first recruiters to ever recruit me. I have been talking to him before the season before anyone offered me."When he went to Wisconsin, we had been talking even more, so we are pretty close. Coach Brown is doing an awesome job and it is really ‘Running Back University' over there, so it is definitely a big time school and it is really an option for me."
The 5-11, 203-pound is seeing his stock rise with recent offers from Georgia Tech, North Carolina and North Carolina State and has heard from Boston College, California (his birth state), Michigan and Miami. With so many schools after him, Lands-Davis is not ready to quite to finalize a top list.
"I don't got a top list yet because you know some offers come out of the blue that you haven't even heard of," said Lands-Davis. "When the spring is over with, then I am going to have a top list. Wisconsin is definitely up there. It is a huge offer and they are definitely going to be one of the top."
These upcoming months will be busy for Lands-Davis with several trips planned, including one to Madison.
"I am pretty sure I am going to visit Wisconsin. I want to and we are making plans, but they got a camp on June 15th and I want to get down there the 14th to visit the school and see all the other coaches. I am not sure if I will camp, but I will come out. I really want to get out there on the 14th of June."