Last year Wisconsin offered Ashburn (VA) Briar Woods senior wide receiver Melvin Holland, but joined the party too late. That didn't stop the Badgers from coming back to Briar Woods and extending an offer out to their rising 2016 tight end Mark Birmingham.
"I got home from school and my coach called me and told me that they had offered," Birmingham told BadgerNation. "It definitely put a big smile on my face and I was very excited. It is a great school. To be honest I don't know a lot. I just started to talk to them last week, but I know it is a great school to get an education from and also a good football team."Wisconsin will likely be in the market for at least one tight end, as the Badgers will graduate two senior tight ends after the 2015 season. It's one of the main reasons why wide receivers coach, and Virginia recruiter, Chris Beatty made the early scholarship offer.
"With me being young, they can't say much, but I talked with Coach Beatty," said Birmingham. "He just told me to keep doing what I am doing and look forward to developing a relationship with me as I get farther along the lines with my recruitment."
The 6-3, 225-pound tight end holds additional offers from Charlotte, James Madison, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Virginia and Virginia Tech. With the school year soon coming to a close, he is looking ahead to some visits he hopes to take this summer.
"I would like to go see Stanford, Duke and maybe get back up to Penn State," said Birmingham. "I do think I will visit Wisconsin, possibly this summer or sometime next school year. At the moment, I do not have a top favorite and I am just very excited to have been given an opportunity to play for Wisconsin."