From a campus/stadium tour, talking with coaches, standing on the sidelines and plenty of food to sample, Baldwin (MO) Lafayette junior tight end Brendan Scales was kept plenty busy on his unofficial visit to Madison over the weekend.
While the treatment was typical of what most recruits receive, the atmosphere surrounding the rivalry game with then-No.22 Minnesota, the final home game of the year nonetheless, was atypical.
“The fans were there an hour early, already screaming,” Scales told BadgerNation. “We watched warm ups on the field then walked to our seats. After the game, we walked on the field with the players and after that we went to the locker room with the players and that was incredible.”
The 6-4, 230-pound Scales got the opportunity to talk with the director of recruiting in Vince Guinta and head coach Gary Andersen.
“Coach Andersen mentioned my size, thanked me for coming and told me to enjoy the game,” said Scales. “Coach Gunita mentioned my highlight tape and athleticism and congratulated me on my season. He spoke to me about the school, town and how nice they are. I see why so many people love it there. The loyalty and commitment of the fans and the whole town. When the team won it seemed like the whole town won. That was really cool.”
After a successful visit, how interested is Scales in the Badgers and what would an offer mean to him?
“I am very interested in Wisconsin, but I am also interested in Illinois and Nebraska,” said Scales. “My dad always says “don’t ever forget who brought you to the dance”, and Illinois is the only school that’s asked me to dance, so naturally they’re at the top of my list.”
“It would mean a ton if they offered and that would be very exciting. That would make my choice that much harder. I’ve had offers to visit from a number of schools, but I’m not sure who has home games left. If contacted early this, I’d probably take another visit.”