Small Hoping for Big Offers

Wisconsin first-year tight end coach Mickey Turner has started to hit the recruiting trail and has started recruiting the state of Michigan, having reached out to under-the-radar Southfield linebacker Will Small.

Wisconsin plucked one of Michigan’s best prospects in the 2015 year’s recruiting class by landing four-star offensive lineman David Moorman from Northville. Now new tight ends coach Mikey Turner is looking to build on that success and recently made contact with an under-the-radar prospect in Southfield (MI) junior outside linebacker Will Small.

“I actually just got off the phone with Coach Mikey Turner (Tuesday night),” Small told BadgerNation. “This wasn’t the first time talking to him. I met him for the first time maybe a month ago, and he was just telling me that they are interested, they want me to come down to campus during the summer and that he’s going to be back to Southfield to talk to me and my teammate Matt Falcon (four-star tailback). He has also been basically saying to me what I need to do to be a part of the Badgers.”

The 5-11, 205-pound linebacker had to wait his turn this past season behind a senior, but still able to compile 30 tackles and has seen programs already take notice. Still waiting for his first offer, Small feels one of the school heavily recruiting him - Illinois State, Michigan State, Toledo or Vanderbilt – could be close to pulling the trigger.

Wisconsin might not be the first to offer, but Small is starting to develop a good relationship with Turner, a former Wisconsin tight end.

“Coach Turner seems like he is a very respectable and very down-to-earth guy,” said Small. “It is very easy to talk to him, so I think that Coach Turner is a really good guy and would be honored to play for him one day.”

Extremely early in his recruitment, Small doesn’t deny that an offer from Wisconsin would mean a lot.

“I’m very interested in becoming a Badger,” said Small. “They are a very competitive team and seem like they’re a family, not just a team, and that’s really what I’m looking for. I just hoping they give me and chance.

“A prestigious school like Wisconsin would be a dream school to be offered from. Great football and great tradition, so I would love it.”

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