Receivers coach Ted Gilmore said on Tuesday that the depth among the Badgers’ receiver was not where it needed to be moving forward. On Thursday, Gilmore got an addition to Wisconsin’s 2017 class that he hopes to yield dividends down the road.
Following an unofficial visit to Wisconsin, Austin (TX) Lake Travis senior Cade Green became the seventh commit in the Badgers’ current recruiting cycle.
The 6-0, 180-pound Green picked the Badgers over a power five conference offers from Illinois. He also had offers from Bowling Green, North Texas, Penn and Texas State.
Wisconsin came into the mix for Green two weeks ago, catching him off guard.
“A big school like Wisconsin, you really don’t expect that coming,” Green said. “Coach Gilmore reached out to me one day and told me to give him a call. We had a really good conversation on the phone. The next day I woke up, looked at my phone and saw a message from him that they were going to offer. I was just absolutely ecstatic about that. It was great talking to him the last couple weeks.”
Although the staff wasn’t pressuring him to commit, Green anxiously wanted to get up to Madison to see the city, the campus, the program and meet the coaching staff.
“It was definitely my decision to push it and get up on campus,” Green said. "I had an idea that (me committing) was going to happen before I came, but just being here and meeting all the coaches really made me love it."
A three year player on varsity, Green had 72 catches for 1,172 yards (16.3 per catch) and 14 touchdowns last season. He averaged 78.1 receiving yards per game. After being labeled more of a possession receiver his first two seasons, Green worked on his game to become a deep threat all offseason with three-star quarterback Charlie Brewer.
“During 7-on-7 and whatnot, we really started to connect,” Green said. “We figured out plays that worked and really got our timing down running routes on the weekends. I think that definitely helped our comfortableness in games. I’ve worked on my craft as a receiver, getting quicker, being able to beat DBs one-on-one and recognizing coverages easier.”
Green has also added considerable weight to his 6-foot frame, pushing his weight up to 187 pounds heading into the summer.
“I’ve definitely put on a bunch of size since my freshman season, and even starting last season I put on a bunch of size,” Green said. “That definitely helped with my confidence, just feeling comfortable out there and being ready to own it.”
With his decision behind him, Green said his main focus preparing for his senior year and elevating his game from where he left off last season.
“I definitely want to become the most dominant player I can become,” he said. “That puts me in the best situation to go into a college like Wisconsin and compete for a starting job as soon as I get there. I don’t want to sit around and be a little tackling dummy. I definitely want to contribute to the team and win games.”