Millburn (NJ) senior defensive end Jake Pickard was taken back when news broke of Gary Andersen’s departure, caught off guard to the point that he opened the door for other schools to come in and give a sale’s pitch.
He hasn’t completely shut down the recruiting process, but the 6-6, 232-pound prospect hasn’t changed his commitment status either.
“Well, unless something drastic happens with the coaches, I’m committed to Wisconsin,” Pickard told BadgerNation. “Coach (Paul) Chryst called me a day or two after Christmas. It was a very good talk. He seemed like an upfront and honest guy. He said he still really wants me on the team. My biggest takeaway from our conversation was that he’s very excited to coach me and meet with me. I am visiting Syracuse this weekend and potentially Oregon on the 31st.”
Sitting as the No. 74 defensive end in the country by Scout.com and a three-star recruit, Pickard has seen this Badgers recruiting class stick together during all the turmoil, something he believes is because the group’s belief in the program.
“We all have a group chat and nobody seems to be leaving,” said Pickard. “It shows that were all coming to the college playoffs and don’t care who our coach is, because we’re a family and believe in the program. A new era of Badger football is on its way.”