A familiar face on hand to take in Wisconsin’s Sunday spring practice was Rhinelander (WI) junior tight end Luke Roberts. The under-the-radar athletic pass catching tight end has seen Madison multiple times but is looking to build relationships with this new Badger coaching staff, especially with special teams coordinator Chris Haering and tight ends coach Mickey Turner.
“It was fantastic," Roberts told BadgerNation. "We got to watch practice and then we had a strength presentation from the coaches. After that we had a campus tour and then we got to meet with our position coach and area recruiting coach.
“I talked to Coach Turner and Coach Haering. With Coach Turner, he said he was really excited to see me at camp and to develop a relationship with me. Coach Haering and I talked a lot about the process, how it’s individual to each guy and to just worry about myself and what I can control. I plan on touching base with Coach Haering to see if he’s thinking of coming up and visiting me sometime this spring.”
The 6-3, 215-pound Roberts has expressed his desire to play for the Badgers one day. Not only has that stance not changed, it only got stronger after his visit.
“My interest level is very high,” said Roberts. “I got a really good feel from the coaches, and I hope to keep building on that. I think it was the way everyone interacted and how positive and eager everyone was. During the practice coaches and players were just all flying around the field having a great time. Also the competitiveness amongst everyone was fantastic. The coaches were just all very approachable seemingly down to earth guys.”
Roberts plans on camping at North Dakota State in June, Wisconsin in May and possibly Minnesota in July.