Understanding the value of recruiting in-state prospects, Paul Chryst really hit Pennsylvania hard and offered many prospects during his three years as he head coach at Pittsburgh. Encountering many top prospects along the way, Chryst has gone back to his old stomping grounds early in his Wisconsin coaching career and offered Wexford (PA) North Allegheny sophomore offensive tackle Josh Lugg.
“I found out through my coach,” Lugg told BadgerNation. “I was very excited because I know what a great school Wisconsin is for both athletics and academics. I didn’t see it coming, but I hoped Coach Chryst would consider me for a Wisconsin offer.
“I am very interested. I have heard a lot of good things about the University and football program. Coach Chryst and his staff were doing great things at Pittsburgh and now they will be a great fit at Wisconsin.”
Originally from Pittsburgh, the 6-5, 250-pound Lugg received his first scholarship offer from Pitt and Chryst. New Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi also reached out to Lugg on the first day of the contact period to re-offer the scholarship.
“I have a lot of research to do,” he said, “but I have heard how beautiful the campus is and how remarkable the academic and athletic programs are.”