Two recruiting cycles later, Wisconsin is back in the Southwest, as head coach Paul Chryst and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph have recently expressed interest in Scottsdale Saguaro junior quarterback Kare Lyles, who will visit Wisconsin with his family on March 12.
“Coach Rudolph talked to (Saguaro Head Coach) Coach Mohns and said they are interested in me,” Lyles told BadgerNation. “They want me to spend time with him and Coach Chryst and get me set up for a visit. My family already planned on flying out there to visit family and friends, so we thought it would be perfect to visit Wisconsin when we went up there. They are very impressed with my film. I talked to Coach Rudolph and he said they are very excited in seeing me. I can’t wait to visit in two weeks.”
The 6-0, 210-pound signal caller knows a thing or two about Wisconsin with his dad, Kevin Lyles, having played for the Badgers in the early 90s and was a teammate with Rudolph for two seasons.
“I am very interested in Wisconsin,” said Lyles. “My dad played there from 1993-96 and my mom just got her PhD in nursing in 2013. I grew up in Madison from kindergarten to eighth grade, so I have a lot of old friends up there, as well.
“I love the education, tradition, offense and location of Wisconsin. I remember watching games when I was younger in Camp Randall. The atmosphere and fan base are amazing. I’m very excited to meet Coach Chryst. I watched the documentary with Russell Wilson a couple years ago and he seems like a player’s coach.”
Lyles has not seen his recruitment take off with any offers to date, but is receiving plenty of interest so far.
“It’s going great so far,” said Lyles. “A lot of colleges I’m getting interest from, but they just want to see me throw in person. I’ve heard from Oregon State, Northwestern, Arizona State, Arizona, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Colorado, Cornell, Dartmouth, California and Rutgers.”