While the University of Wisconsin is no stranger to recruiting the state of Florida, the Badgers have primarily concentrated their efforts in specific regions of the state, focusing on the hotbeds in the southern tip and in the northeast.
But with the Badgers adding secondary coach Bill Busch to the mix, joining wide receivers coach Chris Beatty and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda in the state, and starting to recruit the Tallahassee region, Wisconsin has found an offensive lineman that fits its scheme in Amos P. Godby junior Brendan Loftus.
Like many prospects who have been offered by the Wisconsin coaching staff, Loftus wasn't expecting an offer from the Badgers, especially since UW didn't visit his school last season. He had been getting a lot of general mail from the University and had read all the information about the program's history and tradition.
He was especially impressed by the piece of mail that listed all of the former Wisconsin offensive linemen who are now receiving a NFL paycheck.
"Their offensive line group is one of the best, if not the best, in the nation," Loftus told Badger Nation. "I like how they play. They are a pro-style offense. They run the ball hard, and they can also beat you in the air. They are always a top team in the country. They are always doing big things at Wisconsin."
Sitting on major offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Miami, Mississippi, Missouri, Syracuse, TCU and UCLA, the 6-7, 285-pound Loftus remains open to all suitors, especially since his recruiting continues to gain steam.
"I don't have a lot of film from last year because I was injured," said Loftus, who dealt with a concussion. "I think it's just about putting it all together, which I think I have done pretty well. I can pass protect. I can run block. It's about perfecting my craft with the little things."
It's one of the reasons why Loftus, despite not needing to go to camps with double-digit offers, is planning to challenge himself over the summer with many camps at some of his top schools.
"I want to visit schools and work with their offensive line coaches to see what it's like," said Loftus. "After that it's about finding the right school, working hard, working hard with my team and bonding with them over the summer in the weight room."
Loftus plans to take official visits before making a final decision, including a trip to Madison.
"I told (Coach Busch) that I would definitely take an official to Wisconsin," said Loftus. "I might take one to Missouri. I chat with the OL coach over Twitter. After that it'll be whatever other schools I am interested in."