In the immediate aftermath of his visit to the University of Wisconsin, Katy (HS) safety Travis Whillock said he and his two teammates – safety Collin Wilder and linebacker Paddy Fisher – loved their experience on campus and getting to meet the new coaching staff.
Now they have to wait and see if the trip up to Madison was worth their time or not.
Whillock, Fisher and Wilder are currently mulling the opportunity to play together in college, something Boston College, Houston, Iowa State, Northwestern and Wisconsin are offering them. The Badgers and receivers coach Ted Gilmore were anxious to have the three as a part of their program when he offered them in May, but Wisconsin has accepted a commitment from one safety and two linebackers since.
With the Badgers liking taking only one more safety and one more linebacker, there might not be enough room for the entire trio at Wisconsin.
“They said they are going to sit down (this week) and evaluate everything,” Whillock told BadgerNation. “They told us they were only taking two safeties and one (Seth Currens) is already committed. If one more commits, there won’t be enough space, which is how it goes. You can only have so many scholarships. We’ll just have to see how it plays out.”
Despite reports that he is no longer considering UW, the 6-1, 185-pound Whillock maintains he has not eliminated the Badgers from contention, although Wisconsin currently sits third behind Northwestern and Houston. The trio visited Evanston after leaving Madison last weekend.
“I just love the coaches, especially Coach Fitzgerald,” Whillock said of Northwestern. “He’s a great guy. I have been able to build more of a relationship with Coach Fitzgerald. The way he does things, especially developing us on and off the field, I feel really welcome there.”
Although the trio have talked about playing together, Whillock maintains that each recruit will go to the program they feel is the best for them individually.
“At the end of the day, we’re going to go to school where we have the best for ourselves,” said Whillock. “I don’t think (playing together) is a make it or break it. It’s a great opportunity to go play together, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Whillock hopes to pick a school by early July.