Despite not having a head coach in place, Wisconsin has stayed active on the recruiting trail. After securing two commitments since Gary Andersen left, the Badgers brought in their three in-state commits for official visits over the weekend. One of those visitors was Brown Deer senior athlete Zack Baun.
“The visit went really well,” Baun told BadgerNation. “We ate a ton, got to meet with different people from the academics, training room, strength coaches. We got to watch a basketball game and go to watch practice. We also hung out with some of the players and got a tour of the campus.”
All of his past unofficial visits to Madison were special to the 6-3, 205-pound Baun, but this weekend was special for him getting to spend time with his future teammates.
“Getting to hang out with some of the freshmen on the team, they answered questions from a point of view that I will be able to relate to,” said Baun. “I got to learn more about the dorm life, practices, some of the coaches and the academics.”
Named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association offensive player of the year, Baun registered 3,773 total yards and 59 total touchdowns this past season, drawing the attention of the Badgers coaching staff to eventually offer him a grayshirt. Baun accepted in November, meaning he will officially enroll with the team in January 2016.
What was the vibe he was getting from the coaches and is he still comfortable there?
“I didn’t really talk to my position coach because they aren’t positive where they will put me,” said Baun. “I did talk to the strength coaches; Coach Alvarez talked to us, Coach Strickland and then Coach Oglesby and Coach Chad at dinner with us. They were just telling us that this is the place to be and that we will fit right in.
“I am still very comfortable. Like they’ve said, the coaches may change, but the tradition will always stay the same. I wouldn’t have committed to Wisconsin if it was just for the coaches. I’m in 110 percent.”