Kimberly junior running back Blair Mulholland jumped on to the scene following an impressive campaign that concluded with a win in the division 2 state championship game. Although he has heard from several schools from across the Midwest, Mulholland is hoping to hear more from Wisconsin.
“They are definitely my dream school, having growing up and watching them play,” Mulholland told Badger Nation. “As of right now, I haven’t had very much contact with them just because they haven’t shown much interest. I’m trying to focus my attention on the schools that want me. If they started showing more interest, then that would mean a lot.”
Wisconsin currently sits at 18 verbal commitments and will likely sign a class in the mid 20s. After getting verbal commitments from seven in-state players last season, Wisconsin has only offered two kids – and gotten two commits – in 2015, widely considered a down year for high level talent.
Mulholland hopes that changes down the road.
“I feel Wisconsin doesn’t really recruit in-state very much,” Mulholland said. “I mean they’re still high on my list, so if they started to show more interest, they’d definitely move up. Having played in Camp Randall this past fall in the state title game, I had the opportunity to get a little taste of being a part of the Badger organization. To play for my home state would be amazing.”
“Iowa and Iowa State are on the top of my list because of the tours they gave me and how much personable contact I had with their coaching staffs,” Mulholland said. “North Dakota State and Minnesota were also two others that are interested, along with Michigan, which I have weekly calls, too. I’m just trying to find the best fit both athletically and academically.”
With the season right around the corner and as an emerging player in the state, Mulholland has been working hard to repeat as state champs. Having run a 4.44 40-yard dash time at the Nike SPARQ combine over the summer and run consistent sub 4.1 shuttles at college camps, Mulholland has goals of running over 1,500 yards, committing no turnovers, making first-team all-state and repeating as state champions.
“I’m really excited,” said Mulholland about the Papermakers' upcoming season. “Our team is very talented and we’re going to be doing a lot more explosive things on offense this year. Because of wrestling, I’m an aggressive running back instead of trying to run away from defenders and maybe lose a yard because I’m too high. I love to lower my pads and drive through them for the extra few yards and of course my speed in space and my quickness.
“I would have to say this offseason I worked on my knee drive, my breakaway speed and my hands. It was hard to do with wrestling and track, but that extra time I put in has definitely shown so far in practice.”