No matter who the head coach has been at the University of Wisconsin, that man has realized the importance of recruiting the talent, speed and agility of Florida, specifically South Florida.
With 10 native Floridians on the roster, including five from the Fort Lauderdale vicinity, Hallandale (FL) High wide receiver Demari Simpkins was impressed that the Badgers extended him a scholarship offer.
“I know they have a few players like South Florida, like George Rushing, and they had a great season this past season,” Simpkins told BadgerNation. “Everybody knows the best talent is from South Florida, so it’s a good look on schools when you see a lot of South Florida players on their roster. It’s good that Wisconsin has a lot of South Florida players on the roster because it’s easier to adapt. You don’t want to be homesick because you don’t know anybody at the school. Knowing that they’re people from your area on the team makes it easier.”
Playing last season at Miramar High School, Simpkins was the team’s read-option quarterback and finished with over 1,000 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. For a combination of on-the-field and off-the-field reasons, Simpkins is excited for his transition to full-time wide receiver for the Chargers.
“I’m excited to show my abilities, my explosiveness and my abilities with what I can do with the ball in my hands after the catch,” said Simpkins. “I can show what I can do on kick return and punt return. Transferring gave me a better opportunity to go to college and a big college. It’s a great school. They’ve brought a lot of colleges to the school.”
“I should have a favorite by the end of the spring, and I should be committing by the end of August,” he said. “I am going to take an unofficially at the end of July, and I’m trying to set a visit to Wisconsin, Purdue and Bowling Green.”