The running game has been a staple of Wisconsin’s offense for decades and that has attracted the attention of many tailbacks around the nation.
One of the young talented backs in the state in Monona Grove (WI) junior Toren Young, who made the short trek to Madison this past weekend in order to further establish his relationship with secondary coach Ben Strickland and running backs coach Thomas Brown.
“It was fun to experience what game day is like at Wisconsin,” Young told BadgerNation. “It was fun to be on the sidelines while the team was warming up. It gives you a real feel of what college football is like.
“Coach Strickland talked a lot about academics and told me to make sure that that is my number one priority. We also talked about how my team is doing and how the playoffs are. Me and Coach Brown talked academics, about the game and how the offense performed. They're both great coaches and they both talk academics before anything else. They want their players to achieve both in the classroom and on the field.”
The 5-11, 200-pound Young got a taste of how Brown operates when he got a chance to work with Wisconsin’s first-year running back coach during the Badgers high school summer camp.
“I noticed that he is going to push each and every one of his players to their highest potential,” said Young. “They really want the best for their players.”
Getting early interest from Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northern Illinois, Young said the Gophers are showing him the most interest following by Michigan State. But living just 15 minutes away from the campus, the hometown Badgers have definitely left a very good impression after this trip.
“I am very interested in Wisconsin after the visit,” said Young. “It's a great program with facilities and it's my home town although it's still very early in the recruiting process, Wisconsin is definitely one of my favorite schools.”
Young is planning on traveling to East Lansing when the Spartans host Ohio State on Nov.8. He also wants to try and take a visit to Minnesota.