Wisconsin had been sitting on a lone commit in its 2016 class – four-star tailback Antonio Williams – for three months, but added its second pledge with Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro junior quarterback Kare Lyles joining the fold earlier this month. He visited campus with his family, which included younger brother Kayden Lyles, who happens to be a highly touted sophomore offensive lineman.
“The visit was really fun,” Lyles told BadgerNation. “First we met all the coaches and some of the former players and just talked for a little. We then toured all the facilities. After I watched film with Coach Rudolph for a while, which was pretty cool. Everything has changed since I’ve lived there and everything was great. I really like the school now.”
The 6-3, 300-pound Lyles sits as an early four-star recruit by Scout.com and already holds double digits offers, meaning Lyles has talked with plenty of coaches so far in his recruitment. While on his visit, however, Lyles really connected with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Rudolph.
“My favorite part was probably watching film with Coach Rudolph,” said Lyles. “We watched a little film and I asked him a few questions. With the questions I asked, we went thru some demonstration drills and stuff like that. I think doing that helped bond with the coach. Everything clicked. He’s really cool and a great coach. He knows what he’s talking about and knows what he is doing.”
With his brother committing to the Badgers during their visit, how much of an impact does that have with him in the class of 2017?
“I already really like the school and playing with Kare would be really cool, so maybe,” said Lyles. “(Wisconsin) is high up there, but I got to keep every option open as of now.”