A state that Wisconsin has put a lot of effort to try and breakthrough is Virginia, a state UW has offered a lot of prospects in the last two recruiting cycles without having secured a commitment. A native of Virginia, wide receiver coach Chris Beatty has been relentless in his home state and secured an official visit this weekend Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes senior cornerback T.J. Griffin.
“I have talked to Wisconsin recently by talking to Coach Beatty last night and (Recruiting) Coach (Vince) Guinta yesterday and last Thursday,” Griffin told BadgerNation. “I have set up an official there this weekend. From a scale of 1-10, I would say an eight of how excited I am.”
The No. 123 ranked corner and three-star prospect by Scout - this 5-9, 175-pound might not have the ideal stature, but makes up for it with his physical play and aggressiveness on the gridiron. That sold Beatty on Griffin and their connection with each other dates back even further than Griffin would have even imagined.
“Coach Beatty is my recruiting coach and he's been telling me that Wisconsin is a great place, program and overall good place to be,” said Griffin. “He is a great guy and I like him. He is also from my area. I mean I just like Coach Beatty a lot. When I first met Coach Beatty, he told me he used to date my girlfriend's mom (laughter). I was like what a small world (laughter).”
While Beatty is definitely a huge plus in terms of his opinion towards Wisconsin, he is also just as impressed with the team and has the Badgers sitting at the top because of those factors.
“The team is so good,” said Griffin. “That is one reason why I like Wisconsin because of their football team. I would say Wisconsin is my leader.”