After landing two prospects from Texas in the 2015 recruiting cycle, including four-star tailback Jordan Stevenson out of Dallas South Oak Cliff, Wisconsin’s reputation in the Lone Star State has never been higher.
New Head Coach Paul Chryst plans to continue to recruit the state and extended an offer last week to Cypress junior outside linebacker Brayden Stringer, who received his offer over the phone from wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
“When they called me, I had nine offers from some pretty good schools like Fresno State and Nevada,” Stringer told BadgerNation. “Not huge schools, but still good programs. The (UW) coaches said to call. I called after school and they said they wanted to offer me. It was a big deal for me because it is a Big Ten school and are a known program. It was exciting news for sure.
“I really didn’t see this one coming at all. They just followed me on Twitter and didn’t really message me until that day to give them a call. I was thinking maybe they wanted to talk to me and get to know me. They ended up offering, so it was definitely a bit of a surprise.”
It turns out that it was a good surprise for the 6-3, 200-pound linebacker, who already plans on attending the Badgers’ annual spring game April 25.
“I am going to go watch the spring game, meet the coaches, see the facilities, walk around the campus and I know Wisconsin has a beautiful campus, so I definitely want to get up there,” said Stringer. “I want to see what they are really trying to do with me and I’m really interested in the program for sure. I’m definitely considering Wisconsin and I am excited to get up there.
“I don’t know a lot about Wisconsin, but they got a really good fan base and have a really good football team. From talking to the coaches, I can tell they are very personable guys and really nice to talk to.”
Holding offers from Fresno State, Nevada, North Texas, Toledo, Tulsa, Wyoming and others, Stringer doesn’t have a top list as he is working on building relationships with the coaches from the schools he’s hearing from.
“I’m really having to judge these coaches off how well they talk to me, and I know they are judging me, too,” said Stringer. “I judge them on if it is easy to talk to, kind of like a dad to me. Like Fresno State, where that is not a drive away but a flight and not right down the road from your parents, I really have to trust and see I can be with them for four years. They are going to be another dad to me. I also want to see how well I fit in with that program.”
Stringer plans on visiting Louisiana Tech on April 11, along with Fresno State, Nevada and Tulsa in the near future.