MADISON - Brown Deer senior athlete Zack Baun has been making a lot of noise with his play in the early portion of the high school football season.
The team’s starting quarterback and leading rusher, Baun ran for 246 yards and two touchdowns while passing for 142 passing yards and three scores in a 41-34 loss to South Milwaukee. Through three games, Baun has led Brown Deer to a 2-1 record, has thrown for 643 yards, run for 470 yards and has 16 touchdowns accounted for.
Those kinds of numbers put the 6-3, 205-pound Baun on a lot of college radars, including the University of Wisconsin, which invited him to the season opener on Saturday.
“The visit went great,” Baun told BadgerNation. “We got there and were immediately greeted and got to sit down and eat while a few coaches and staff said a few words. We then got to go see their weight room and facilities. We next got to go onto the field while the players were warming up. It was such a great experience. After that we got to sit front row on the 50-yard line. It was my first Badgers game, so I was just taking it all in. It was an amazing atmosphere.”
Getting a chance to speak to Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen and cornerbacks coach Ben Strickland, who is in charge of recruiting the state of Wisconsin, Baun is getting good feedback from the Badgers early into the season.
“Coach Strickland said he heard about my game this past night and was impressed,” said Baun. “He also said he looks forward to coming to one of my games and keeping in touch. Coach Andersen talked about taking in the entire Badgers experience and (my Friday) game as well.”
With the visit in the books, how interested is Baun in Wisconsin and what was his take away from that Badger game day atmosphere?
“I’m very interested in Wisconsin,” said Baun. “Everything from the coaches to the facilities are amazing, also very impressed with how high prioritized academics are. I am still looking forward to creating greater bonds with the coaches and getting to know Wisconsin a little better. My favorite part was probably getting to walk on the field when the players were warming up. I got to see a lot of things people usually don’t see. I got to feel the full Camp Randall experience.”