With the amount of prospects who have made it to the NFL after spending time in a Chryst offense, Salisbury (CT) High tight end Jake Hescock was excited to find out more about the University of Wisconsin during a weekend unofficial visit.
It made such an impact that it likely ended his recruitment.
“I need to talk to family a little bit to see what they say but I think that’s the place for me,” Hescock told BadgerNation, referring to Wisconsin. “It was amazing.”
A three-star prospect, Hescock is ranked the No.10 tight end in the East and No.50 in the county by Scout.com. He has offers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest but none resonated to him or his dad (who came on the trip) like Madison did.
“I loved the area,” said Hescock. “I love the feel of the town and the city. When we got campus, I loved all the buildings, I loved the facility and even the people there. Some of the things they had to say were pretty impressive.”
Many prospects look at the facilities, their relationship with the coaching staff and the ability to play early as the most important factors when taking college visits. For Hescock and his 6-7, 230-pound frame, he was looking for a solid strength and conditioning coach. Former Badgers defensive lineman Ross Kolodziej didn’t disappoint.
“The most impressive for me was the strength and conditioning coach,” said Hescock. “He seemed to know what he was talking about. It got me really excited to get down there and start working with him … I still have a slender frame that could use a little work. I know he’ll definitely make me perform to the best of my abilities.”
With his school bringing in a post-graduate tailback last season, Hescock’s pass catching numbers were limited because of his duties in the running game. Although finishing with only 15 passes for roughly 350 yards and a touchdown, Hescock’s blocking helped his teammate become the MVP of the league with over 1,500 rushing yards.
During the spring evaluation period, Wisconsin tight end coach Mickey Turner – after watching Hescock’s film (a combination of run blocking and pass catching) and seeing him workout – didn’t hesitate to offer him, and the two have been building a relationship ever since.
“It’s really awesome,” Hescock said of the relationship. “Yesterday I felt really comfortable with him. We had a nice conversation together and it feels like I’m talking to one of my friends. I sat down and watched a little film with him, and he’s just a great guy. My dad feels the same way. We both love him. I can definitely see myself playing with him for four or five years.”
Much like he is for his high school team, Hescock said Turner sees him fitting both a pass-catching and run-blocking tight end role within the Badgers offense.
“I definitely think I can play both roles,” said Hescock. “Like we were talking about yesterday, I would be more of an inline tight end but still have the ability to go out and catch passes and be a red zone threat. I think I could do the best of both worlds.”
Hescock said he might make a visit to Connecticut before making his official announcement, even though he feels his mind is already made up.
“I am almost done,” said Hescock. “Sometime with the next week or two I’m going to make my decision, and it’s going to be a good one.”