One of the top performers in the state through the first three weeks of the Wisconsin high school football season has been Brown Deer senior athlete Zack Baun, who has thrown for 643 yards, run for 470 yards and has 16 touchdowns accounted for.
The versatile playmaker was on campus this past weekend for Wisconsin’s home opener and received some good news tonight from secondary coach Ben Strickland.
“He asked for my transcripts and ACT scores this past week and he told me that he was going to call me tonight,” Baun told BadgerNation. “He did and he pretty much was talking about me and how he likes my overall athleticism. He then said he wanted to offer me a grayshirt offer. They can only call me one time a week, but he really surprised me when he offered me.”
A grayshirt prospect enrolls in school and pays his way for one semester, but does not officially become a scholarship football player until January. In Baun’s case, he would be put on full scholarship and have full eligibility starting in January 2016.
“It took me a few questions to actually understand what a gray shirt offer is and I still have plenty more questions,” said Baun. “The way he explained it to me, it is different. Either way being offered by Wisconsin is a great thing and something to be so proud of. All my hard work finally is paying off.”
The 6-3, 205-pound Baun admits a lot of schools have been calling him this week, like Central Michigan, Illinois State and North Dakota State, but Baun has Wisconsin high on his list after taking an unofficial visit last weekend for Wisconsin’s 37-3 win over Western Illinois.
“After my game day visit last weekend, the whole atmosphere is really crazy and I like them,” said Baun. “It is something you have to be there to see and them giving me this opportunity just makes me even more interested. They believe in me and no one else did.”
The grayshirt offer joins an offer from South Dakota State, but the two aren’t on the same level.
“I would say so that Wisconsin is my leader as of right now,” said Baun, who has yet to visit South Dakota State. “Just being from the state of Wisconsin mainly and that tradition makes them my leader.”
Although Baun plays multiple positions for Brown Deer, Wisconsin likes him as an outside linebacker.
“I will play any position on the field and where the coach think I fit in the best,” said Baun. “That is one of my strong abilities I believe that I can adapt to certain situations.”
Baun doesn’t have a timetable for his decision.