Wisconsin Right at the Top for Andrews

Getting a chance to meet all the key coaches in his recruitment and get a full tour of the campus, Wisconsin made a major impression on Columbus (OH) St. Francis DeSales junior cornerback Austin Andrews.

Getting a chance to scrimmage in Camp Randall Stadium Sunday, Wisconsin took advantage of the weather and the game-like situation to host several top prospects from around the nation, like Columbus (OH) St. Francis DeSales junior cornerback Austin Andrews.

The rising defender recaps his experience in Madison and his time spent with recruiting coordinator Ben Strickland, secondary coach Daronte Jones, offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and head coach Paul Chryst.

“It was great,” Andrews told BadgerNation. “I got up Saturday and stayed in the hotel. We were checking out the sites and it was beautiful. Sunday morning we met up with Coach Strickland and he took us on a tour and showed us around, watched practice, then Coach Jones and me got to sit down one on one and talk ball. It went great, then Coach Rudolph took us on a tour around the campus. It was great and then Coach Chryst sat me and my family down and told us how much he wanted me there. It was sincere.

“(Coach Chryst) is a great guy. He’s sincere and real about what he wants and how he wants to build the program and who he wants building it.”

The 6-0, 180-pound Andrews is a three-star recruit and sits as the No. 37 ranked cornerback in the nation by Scout. Getting to experience a lot during his trip, Andrews’ highlight of the entire visit came when the team rallied around each other and prayed for their injured teammate.

“A player (cornerback Derrick Tindl) got injured and coach stopped practice and prayed,” said Andrews. “Me and Griffin (Grady) from Dublin Coffman got down and prayed side by side, hand by hand with the team. It just made it feel like it was a family environment that everyone was in it for each other no matter what. I loved that part.”

With so many positives coming out this visit to Madison, how much did the Badgers help themselves in Andrews’ mind?

“I put them up there with Michigan State,” said Andrews, even though the Spartans haven’t offered. “It is not necessarily (a top list), but those two are really high.”


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