Ask Fort Lauderdale (FL) High linebacker, and University of Wisconsin commit, Dallas Jeanty what his favorite part of his official visit to Madison was last weekend and he went rapid-fire – the game, the atmosphere, the fans, the Jump Around, the intensity, etc.
After rattling off a handful of things in a row, the answer for Jeanty was simple, this visit was a lot better than the unofficial visit he came on over the summer.
“I picked Wisconsin because it was the best fit for me athletically and academically but this visit showed me how seriously people love and appreciate Wisconsin football,” Jeanty told BadgerNation. “The fans were everywhere.”
And the fans Jeanty ran into were educated as to who he was, even going so far as to chant his name at the game and welcome him to the program. It was a personal touch that caught him off guard.
“We had lunch at the Nitty Gritty and people I didn’t even know would come up to me and tell me they follow me on Twitter and they are exciting to have me here and can’t wait until I get here,” said Jeanty. “Meeting people who I have never talked to in my life who just care and are excited about the future of Wisconsin football was pretty good.
“I had no clue that we had multiple people know our names, know where we are from, our rankings, our other offers and why we chose Wisconsin. It was really cool, and I know a lot of the guys appreciated it. It was great knowing we had a fan base supporting us like that.”
Sharing the opinion of tailback Antonio Williams, quarterback Kare Lyles and a host of other committed prospects on the visit, Jeanty said getting a chance to know his future teammates was a positive experience.
“It was great to have that personal connection with a lot of guys,” said Jeanty. “I’m happy that we all clicked. Coach (Inoke) Breckterfield actually was making fun of us. All the coaches were watching us and our interactions and they were excited about how well we got along, how we seemed to like each other and were excited about the future. They were curious how we got along so well with it technically being our first time meeting each other, and that’s because we’ve all got to know each other through text and have a common goal.”
Focused on the inside linebackers throughout the game, Jeanty had high praise for redshirt freshman T.J. Edwards and true freshman Chris Orr. One of two inside linebacker commits for Wisconsin in 2016, Jeanty acknowledged that there will be some heated competition in the coming years.
“I definitely love the schemes that they run,” said Jeanty. “Chris plays with a lot of power and aggression with his blitzing and taking on blocks and that big TFL he had on Hawaii’s running back. T.J. seems calmer, that he doesn’t get too excited, but he gets the job done. They want me at the rover position. I feel I am pretty good at coverage and blitzing, and I know I need to improve athletically, physically and strength wise. I’m excited to get there and start competing.”
Knowing he made the right choice when he took his unofficial visit over the summer, Jeanty called his official visit weekend “icing on the cake.”
“Seeing the stadium fill up, watching the Jump Around and seeing the fans go crazy, that stuff was awesome,” said Jeanty. “After talking to the coaches and hearing what they had to talk about, I really believe in Wisconsin.”