Some prospects view the aggressive nature of recruiting a hassle, a process that interferes with their workout schedule that gets them ready for the upcoming college football season.
Others, like Missouri City (TX) Marshall tailback Davon Crookshank, view the process as a blessing, especially when they get opportunities to play a lot of top-level schools.
“(Recruiting) is not a distraction at all,” Crookshank told BadgerNation. “We talk to everybody along the way and (they) let me know how they feel about me.”
With the way they have recruited 5-9, 170-pound tailback, it’s evident that Wisconsin wants the three-star Scout.com prospect badly since offering him in the spring.
Although Crookshank said wide receiver coach Chris Beatty is his primary recruiting contract, Crookshank said he typically talks to a good portion of the coaching staff whenever Beatty talks to him from UW’s football offices.
“After I talked to Coach Beatty a little bit, he puts me on the phone with everybody else, because they all want to talk to me,” said Crookshank. “That’s a big deal to me. It feels like they really want me down there.
“They really like me as a running back. (Since they offered), it’s been going on and on with them visiting the school, coming to see me, giving me phone calls and I’ve been calling them. We’ve been talking a lot.”
Sunday is the last day of the summer dead period that doesn’t allow coaching staffs to do any on-campus or off-campus recruiting. When that lifts, Crookshank is planning to visit Wisconsin, who he says is recruiting him as hard as any other school, as soon as it fits into his schedule.
Looking for at least one running back in the 2015 recruiting class, Wisconsin likes the way Crookshank fits in with the running style that has proven to work in Madison.
“They like that I come down hill,” said Crookshank. “Their offense basically is a straight down-hill offense with big blockers up front. I could use my physicalness to go up the middle or my speed to get to the outside. They feel I am a good fit.”
After rushing for 1,000 yards last season, Crookshank has stayed active throughout his summer, going through an average of three daily workouts that include a mixture of drills and gym work.
“I’ve been doing a lot of agility drills, speed drills and vision drills,” said Crookshank. “I’ve just been motivated to work out a lot. I see in my film that I am improving and understanding things so I can be better for the next level.”