A 1-to-10 scale wasn’t good enough for Kernersville (NC) East Forsyth cornerback Madison Cone to describe his unofficial visit to Wisconsin on Friday. After getting an opportunity to visit the campus for the first time since being offered by the program last fall, Cone walked away with a new leader in his recruitment.
"My visit was a 20 out of 10, yes, a 20 out of 10,” Cone told BadgerNation. “The scenery and people are unforgettable. They’re definitely my leader as of now.
“I can't express how awesome Madison was, I loved it so much. They have a great tradition, great program and they blew away my original thoughts. No doubt it was the best visit I've had all year, and I honestly don't see any visits being better.”
The 5 8.5, 175-pound Cone spent the day getting better acquainted with defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard, defensive backs graduate assistant Antonio Fenelus and got a tour of the campus with sophomore safety Arrington Farrar and junior receiver George Rushing.
“I connected great with players and coaches,” Cone said. “I had great conversations with Coach Leonhard and Coach Fenelus. They are great people and very easy to talk to (Arrington and George) showed me a great part of campus and you can tell they love it there, and I want to see players happy like they were.”
Describing his game as a combination of smarts, natural football IQ and the ability to undercut routes, Cone said the campus and the surrounding city was one of the trip’s biggest highlights.
“Madison is one of prettiest places I've been,” Cone said. “It has a great college town feel to it. People are awesome, restaurants look awesome, just everything about it is something I've never seen before. The only downsides are the weather and distance, but besides that everything else was beyond my expectations. My parents love the school and that's always a huge plus for me and makes my decision much easier to make.”
A three-star prospect ranked the No.72 cornerback in the country, Cone said he still has a top three of Duke, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin but doesn’t deny that his experience in Madison is going to be really tough to beat.
“They're definitely my leader as of now,” Cone said. I will still take my time, go home and talk with parents first, but I will probably make a decision early next week. I can't wait to finally make a decision and get going with that school.”