Spending the last few weeks of the live evaluation period in the state of Florida, the Badgers are looking to build on the seven natives the program signed last year by staying active at some of the state's power programs. Wide receiver coach Chris Beatty was busy extending offers at Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas, including going out to junior cornerback Rashard Causey.
"The wide receiver coach came to my school today to evaluate some of the players and he personally came up to me, and a few of my other teammates, to tell us we had gotten offered," Causey told BadgerNation, referring to fellow cornerback Damon Arnette and linebacker Chris Hart. "I was very excited and I was just glad I got the opportunity to maybe one day play for Wisconsin."The Wisconsin program has become familiar to many St. Thomas Aquinas football players, especially considering two former Raiders – Dezmen Southward and James White – were selected in last weekend's NFL draft as a productive tenure with the Badgers. Not only does Causey call White a close, family friend and still hangs out with the former UW tailback, the 6-0, 193-pound cornerback is also close with cornerback Devin Gaulden, who is from nearby Miramar.
"Devin Gaulden has been a role model to me," said Causey. "Since I began playing cornerback, he taught me the fundamentals and he is just one of my close friends. Everybody does give a pitch for their school to me. Sometimes we talk about playing one time with each other and against each other, but they tell me that if I really want to win and get good academics at the same time, then Wisconsin is the place."
"It gives them an edge somewhat knowing some guys that went there," added Causey. "The only two Big Ten schools I would really consider going to is Wisconsin and Ohio State. Once I got the Wisconsin offer, it kind of boost them up really high for me."With all those factors working in Wisconsin's direction, Causey is planning on visiting the Badgers over the summer with some of his teammates and will return in the fall.
"I probably will take an official visit," said Causey. "I love the Jump Around they do! I want to see that in person so bad and that is one of my college dreams. That jump around is crazy!"
Causey committed to Florida Atlantic a few weeks ago, but he admits that he is still looking around and the Badgers will definitely be one of the main schools he considers.
"I am pretty much a soft commitment because I still have my options open," said Causey. "It was just a commitment to see where I was in the recruitment and I am glad I did it. I don't regret anything about it because it brought more attention, like I have been hearing from a lot more schools, but I do like them. Wisconsin will be in my top of the schools I will for sure consider. I have just always loved Wisconsin and everything about them like the school, academics and fans."
Wisconsin is looking to bring in that speed that Florida is known for producing and Causey fits the bill.
"One thing with me is that I am very fast and I am aggressive," said Causey. "I just love to play the game of football and if you just watch my film, you will get excited."