Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic sophomore offensive tackle J.P. Urquidez is not a well-known prospect, but seen his recruitment rise as of late.
Wisconsin has its foot in the door at the high school after securing commitments from three-star tailback Taiwan Deal and three-star receiver Chris Jones. While the Badgers haven't been in lengthy contact with the 6-5, 295-pound lineman, the staff recognized the potential on a recent stop to the school.
"My coach texted me and he said you got Wisconsin," Urquidez told BadgerNation. "I texted him back like wait an offer? He told it was an offer and I didn't talk to any Wisconsin coaches, but they were in DeMatha. My reaction was crazy because I wasn't really expecting it and haven't really been in contact with them, but I guess they have been watching my film. It is a pretty honoring and humbling experience. I am definitely blessed and humbled by the offer. I love the program, the school and the offense."
Having a goal of rebuilding their offensive line through recruiting in the 2014 and 2015 class, it's likely Wisconsin will take between two and three offensive lineman in 2016. Urquidez is one of two known sophomore tackles who currently hold a Wisconsin offer.
"I know they have big offensive linemen there and it is a run orientated offense," he said. "They pound the ball and that is definitely a pro for them to have. I definitely think I could fit into that system. That is what I like about their offense is that is more smash-mouth power and run it down your throat type of game. I think I could fit well with their line."
With a Wisconsin offer now in the tackle's pocket, he is interested in seeing the Badgers this summer and fall.
"Definitely I want to visit Wisconsin and want to go see it before a lot of schools start offering me," said Urquidez. "I definitely could visit over the summer and see a couple games."
"My recruitment is going good and it has been picking up since I got my first offer from Baylor," said Urquidez. "Nobody is in the lead for me. It is fun and I am not really looking forward to the future and committing. I just want to have fun and play high school ball right now, but I definitely like going to see these colleges and talking with the coaches."