Since the unexpected departure of head coach Gary Andersen, Wisconsin has held together its class and has not lost a single commitment, but plenty of prospects have been on the fence, including Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy senior middle linebacker Nick Thomas.
“After my Nebraska visit, I had a great time and Coach Riley and his staff were all great guys,” Thomas told BadgerNation. “I loved everything about that visit. I liked Nebraska, but I’ve been talking to (Defensive Coordinator) Coach (Dave) Aranda constantly, and I have been talking to Coach Chryst before the weekend and that just reassured my commitment. I am 100 percent Wisconsin right now.
“When Coach Aranda told me he was staying that definitely swayed me back towards Wisconsin. When Coach Chryst called me and I got to talk to him for the first time, I got a feel for who he was and I was really excited. He is a great guy and I think he will be great for the University, so I can’t wait to get up there and play for him.”
The 6-2, 230-pound linebacker, who sits as the No. 44 middle linebacker and three-star recruit by Scout.com, saw his recruitment get wild after the news of Andersen’s departure, but his conversation with Chryst made him feel Wisconsin was the place for him.
“He was a great guy,” said Thomas. “We talked about life and talked about everything. We didn’t specifically talk about football, and I just wanted to get a feel for him of who he was as a person. He was really nice and funny and personable. He is going to do great things and I can’t wait to get up there.”
With Thomas shutting down the recruiting process, he is just very thankful and relieved it is all over so he can focus on the next step in his career at Wisconsin.
“It feels great to be done,” said Thomas. “I thought I had been done with it when I first committed, so I didn’t have to go through all this since I was committed. When Coach Andersen abruptly left it kind of turned my life upside down. Things got crazy and recruiters called me like non-stop. It was a real wild few nights before that dead period.”