With the commitment of Madison Cone and the upcoming transfer of Nick Nelson, Wisconsin’s secondary has added a couple quality pieces into the rotation. Adding a player of Ambry Thomas’ pedigree would certainly put the Badgers in tremendous standing.
Visiting with his two cousins - four-star Detroit Cass Tech corner Jaylen Kelly-Powell and River Ridge (MI) 2018 safety Reggie Pearson – following The Opening regional combine in Chicago, Thomas felt a similar brotherhood among the Wisconsin program.
"It was like family there at Wisconsin,” Thomas told BadgerNation. “The players, coaching staff and everybody got along excellent. They were as tight as me and my cousins. I loved that's feel and it was something very unique.”
Rating the visit an “8” out of 10, Thomas praised everything he got to see on his unofficial visit, from the new facilities, to the tradition to his budding relationship with secondary coach Jim Leonhard.
“It was awesome; it’s a great environment, and I could see myself playing there." Thomas says. "Camp Randall is one heck of a place, it's probably my second favorite stadium behind (Michigan’s) Big House. Coach Leonhard is a great guy and very easy to talk to. I can't wait to get to know him better.”
Earning a coveted invite to The Opening, Thomas is highly sought after, as his 4.48 40-yard dash speed and top-notch ball skills make up for his 5-11 frame. He has over two dozen offers, including Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma and many others.
Many have him pegged for the Wolverines, but Thomas said he’s certainly not counting out the Badgers.
"They’re a great school,” Thomas said. “The academics stick out to me, and how well the staff and players got along together. The offer initially meant a lot to me and it still does. Russell (Wilson) and J.J. (Watt) are two players that impress me, and they both went to Wisconsin. I can't wait to learn more, and hopefully stay in contact with the staff and Coach Leonhard.”