From the time the University of Wisconsin offered him a scholarship, Southlake (TX) Carroll athlete Lil’Jordan Humphrey viewed the Badgers as one of his top schools. His unofficial visit to Wisconsin Thursday did nothing to change that.
“I really loved it when I went up there,” Humphrey told BadgerNation. “It felt like home. I feel real comfortable when I went. I talked to some of the players and the coaches and it felt just like my high school. The people and the way they communicated made me feel like home. It felt like everybody was together. That stood out to me. Everyone was one big family.”
One of those people Humphrey connected with was wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore, who has been actively recruiting the 6-4, 200-pound prospect since the spring.
“He was saying that he really wants me down here as a big bodied guy who plays receiver,” said Humphrey. “He says I have a chance, if I work hard enough, to play as a freshman and be that guy, but it’s dependent on me … (Head coach Paul Chryst) really wants me to come be down here. He feels like it’s a fit for me, and I’m a guy who can make an impact on their team.”
Ranked a four-star prospect, the No.20 athlete in the country and the No.284 overall prospect by Scout.com, Humphrey finished with over 1,800 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns playing primarily at tailback last season. His ability in the open field, according to Gilmore, is exactly what UW is looking for to revitalize a passing game that has struggled the last few seasons.
“They said they wanted to start passing the ball more, and I’d be a guy they can get the ball to,” said Humphrey. “They feel like I’m a fit.”
Humphrey squeezed the visit in between his AAU basketball tournament in Mequon, located outside Milwaukee. Playing for the Texas Select, Humphrey can play either the two, three or four for his team and has transfer a lot of the skills from the hardwood to the gridiron.
“I just feel like my athleticism for basketball really carries over for football,” said Humphrey. “It has really helped my footwork.”
Planning to take some officials before he commits, Humphrey said this visit to Wisconsin has intrigued him to return for a game in the fall.