“It was fantastic,” Monti told BadgerNation. “I talked to Coach (Ben) Strickland and Coach (Dave) Aranda. We had an academic presentation, I saw the weight room, watched the warm ups from the sidelines and then watched the game. The coaches told me I was playing well and Coach Strickland said to keep in contact with him over Facebook.”
The 6-0, 215-pound linebacker wasn’t the only in-state visitor on hand and he got to chat with a few of the other recruits watching from the stands.
“I watched the game with (Wisconsin commit Jon) Dietzen, Tristian Pipp and Alvin Burris,” said Monti. “We just talked about the game and all the teams recruiting us. We all agreed Madison was awesome and it is special. I’m really close with Jon and Alvin. They are some of my best friends. Today was the first time I met Tristian.”
While the game appeared short on excitement for most fans, the atmosphere and the experience of watching a game in Camp Randall gave Monti chills, especially after he got to see the historic venue in a whole new way.
“Just seeing Madison on game day was my favorite thing," said Monti. "I’ve went to games as a kid growing up, but being able to go as a recruit was really special. There is nothing more dangerous than an in-state kid who wants to play for his home state Badgers.”