With his end of his recruitment rapidly approaching, Rancho Cucamonga (CA) Los Osos outside linebacker Bryce Youngquist knows it’s now or never to visit the remaining schools on his top five list.
One of those schools was Wisconsin, which the 6-2, 210-pound prospect checked off his list following an unofficial visit Thursday.
“This was definitely a big visit for me, and I was very impressed,” Youngquist told BadgerNation. “I met most of the coaches and most of the players there and that made it a great visit.”
The Badgers have been on Youngquist’s radar since secondary coach Daronte Jones offered him in late February. He has received plenty of impressive offers since then, but the Badgers have always been in the back of his mind.
“When I looked at Wisconsin I knew the past couple years they have been a balanced football program,” said Youngquist. “I really thought they were well structured. That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to come to Wisconsin, to see mainly what the football program was like. It was really impressive over there.”
With four of its 13 commits in the 2016 class coming from linebackers, the Badgers appear full at the position unless an elite-level prospect comes along. Rated a four-star player and the No.25 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Youngquist was told by defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and outside linebacker coach Tim Tibesar that he is just the player UW is looking for.
“They see me as an outside linebacker in their 3-4 package, mostly as a field backer and play in space,” said Youngquist. “Pretty much use my speed in pass coverage and make plays off the edge. They told me all the schemes, and Coach Aranda was breaking down the defense to tell me where I would fit in. He was pretty much telling me how they would utilize me to help them win on game day.”With Arizona State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington State joining the Badgers on his final list, Youngquist doesn’t have a date set for his announcement but said it will likely come in the next week, possibly two. Although the Ducks are the assumed favorite, Youngquist doesn’t deny his Badgers’ visit made an impression.
“(Wisconsin) definitely makes it more difficult,” he said. “They’ve always been high on my list, and they are still high on my list. The academics at Wisconsin are great. They have a really great academic program. It’s crazy how good their academics are as well as their football program.
“I pretty much have a good feel of what I want. I really like Wisconsin a lot. There are so many schools that have good stuff, but I have to pick just one.”
Following his visit, Youngquist is driving to Oklahoma to check out the Sooners for the first time.