One of the prime recruiting area during Paul Chryst’s tenure at Wisconsin as offensive coordinator was the state of Ohio, an area the Badgers successfully recruited a number of high ranking and under-the-radar athletes. Now as UW’s head coach, Chryst is once again making that area a priority.After landing Kettering (OH) Archbishop Alter defensive tackle Kraig Howe before last signing day, Wisconsin is wasting no time in targeting some of their top athletes in the state, including extending an offer to Columbus St. Francis DeSales junior safety Austin Andrews. Badger offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph, who was responsible for a number of UW’s successes in Ohio, had been in contact with Andrews for some time, but that still didn’t decrease his excitement when the offer finally came.
“I was talking to Coach Rudolph earlier and we were talking about a lot of good things,” Andrews told BadgerNation. “He was going to call some people to find out a little more about me. Obviously, he loved it because he sent an offer out.
“I was like ‘wow’ and ‘that is crazy.’ Wisconsin is a dream school and it was just amazing. The last few weeks or so we have been talking and getting close. He was always staying good stuff, so I kind of had been looking forward to getting this offer.”
The 6-0, 180-pound safety is definitely eager about the Badgers after receiving an offer and plans to visit Madison as soon as possible.
“I am really interested in Wisconsin,” said Andrews. “I like it and my family does. I know a couple people that go there and their families love it, so it is huge and I like it. I know Rob Wheelwright goes there, but I don’t know of him personally. I know of his family because they go to my school and they are always telling me about how he loves it and stuff like that. I plan to visit soon and I’m getting my schedule out now. I definitely want to check it out.”
Andrews has seen a spike in his recruitment as of late by adding several new offers, but is in no rush to claim one school on top of the other and is just enjoying the process.
“I’m just blessed to be in the position I am in,” said Andrews. “Every day like I have to check my phone and it is like doing homework. It keeps me up a little bit longer. I’m enjoying it. It is a kid’s dream, just the fact that schools are calling me, keeping in contact (and) saying good things about you is great. I love it.”