Wisconsin enjoyed one of its biggest recruiting days in years Saturday when four-star prospects Cole Van Lanen and Craig Watts committed to the Badgers’ 2016 recruiting class, giving UW six commits in eight days.
Largo (FL) Indian Rocks Christian tailback Theo Anderson would love to be next.
“That’s the goal,” he told BadgerNation. “I loved Wisconsin.”
Spending four days on campus with Watts, the 5-10, 210-pound prospect didn’t leave with a scholarship offer but got a chance to work out and talk with the UW coaches, tour the campus, meet the players and see the first rate facilities.
“It was the best time of my life,” said Anderson. “The campus was great and the people were lovely.”
Wisconsin is likely going to take only one running back in the Class of 2016, which is a role occupied by four-star tailback Antonio Williams out of North Stanly (NC) New London. The more likely position Anderson could fill would be fullback. The Badgers have only three fullbacks on the roster and two – Derek Watt and D.J. Spurling – are graduating after the upcoming season.
Salt Lake City East fullback Ula Tolutau was originally expected to join the Badgers in 2016 after completing his two year church mission, but his status is unknown since the coaching change.
“They said they like me,” said Anderson, referring to the coaches. “They like how I move for a running back. They didn’t offer me because they have a running back situation going on; that’s why they want me back.”
Anderson has visited Alabama, Auburn, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia, although none of those schools have offered. His scholarship list is a smattering of FCS, Division 1 and some power five programs.
With the interest he received this weekend, Anderson says the Badgers are clearly his top school, and he’ll return to the campus next month to hopefully prove his worth.
“They’re going to see me in two weeks,” said Anderson. “I’m excited to come back up there and see more things.”