Dublin (OH) Coffman linebacker Griffin Grady has made two visits to the University of Wisconsin since committing in June, coming to a home football game in a down pour and taking his official visit on a weekend where temperatures dipped below zero.
And he loved every bit of it.
“Part of the fun being a Badger is the cold,” Grady told BadgerNation. “That’s part of the identity. It wouldn’t really have that Wisconsin feel if it wasn’t that cold.”
The two experiences emphasized why the 6-3, 210-pound Grady picked Wisconsin in the first place. In the 48-10 win over Rutgers, Grady lauded the fans who came to the 11 a.m. kickoff and see most of them stick it out until the end.
“That was really cool to see a strong fan base like that,” said Grady. “I loved that.”
And even with students still on break and the basketball team struggling, Grady saw a packed house for Wisconsin’s big victory over Michigan State at the buzzer.
“The Kohl Center is a cool place to watch a game,” said Grady. “It’s a neat place to watch a game. It really was a great game, the fans were involved and we were all getting excited down the stretch. It was a fun game with the crowd being into it. The excitement really carries over from sport to sport, and people weren’t afraid to walk from wherever on campus to get to the game.”
Unable to take his official visit any earlier in the season because of scheduling conflicts, Grady said last weekend’s visit was different, especially without a football game to go to and students just starting to return to campus following winter break.
That didn’t detract anything from the experience, however, especially getting to hang out with classmate Noah Burks, who was also on his official, and early enrollees Dallas Jeanty and Kare Lyles.
“It was a nice with us four hanging together,” said Grady. “A lot of the in-state guys were back and hung out with us throughout the weekend. It was quieter, but it was fun to do it now because it’s really getting closer. I get to enroll to June and that’s where I’m going to be living soon, so it was all very real for me. It was great to experience now and know that pretty soon that’s going to be my reality.”
Rated a four-star prospect and the No.10 inside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Grady was hosted by redshirt freshman defensive end David Pfaff.
“He was fun; he was awesome,” said Grady. “He took me under his wing for the week and showed me around. He hung out with me, Noah, Dallas and everybody else. Any questions I had he answered, so he was great for me. Anything that popped up, he had an answer for.”
Getting a chance to spend time with both Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst and outside linebackers coach Tim Tibesar, Grady said the two were mum on the topic of who would be leading the defense during Grady’s tenure. They did reassure him that the philosophy and the scheme of the defense isn’t going to change.
“I am confident that they are going to stick with our same 3-4 scheme and still mix in a lot of different packages that we run defensively,” said Grady, who says he’ll start as an outside linebacker. “I love that scheme, so I’m glad they’ll stick with it so I can really learn it and elevate my play during my time at Wisconsin.
“My relationship with Coach Tibs is getting stronger with every visit. Originally my relationship was more with Coach Rudolph and Coach Chryst from Pitt, which is why I got so interested in Wisconsin, but getting to know Coach Tibs is great. I love listening to him talk about football. He’s a family guy, so I’m excited to play for him and have him be my position coach.”