Over this past month the Wisconsin coaching staff has already been exploring top options in the 2017 class, specifically in the state of Florida. For most power five conference schools, no 2017 recruiting board in the Sunshine State is complete without Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast defensive end K'Jakyre Daley.
"It feels great getting an offer from a top school like Wisconsin." Daley told BadgerNation "I don't know a lot about Wisconsin, but I do know my role model J.J. (Watt) went there and he speaks very highly of Wisconsin, so that intrigues me a lot. I can't wait to learn more about the school and research it more.”
The 6-3, 215-pound Daley registered 72 tackles, 12 sacks, 32 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles as a junior. Saying his strength and speed is a “dangerous combo,” Daley was told by Wisconsin defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield that he’s just the type of player the Badgers are looking for.
“Coach Breckterfield said he loves how I play the game,” Daley said. “It means a lot because he has a lot of football knowledge and knows what he is talking about. I plan on hitting the weight room hard and working on my feet speed this offseason. I can't wait to improve and show these coaches how high my ceiling is.”
Although currently unranked by Scout, Daley is quickly becoming a top national prospect. He holds 22 offers, including 14 from power five conferences.
"Honestly, some schools that stick out to me are Notre Dame and Oklahoma, but all schools have a great chance and all will get a fair chance,” Daley said. “Those two only stick out because I've grown up cheering for them and I know they have top fleet programs. If I had a third it would probably be Wisconsin. It's a powerhouse school and they produce great N.F.L. players."
Looking for academics, a family atmosphere and solid football program, Daley plans on taking summer visits to a handful of programs. A trip to Madison isn’t out of the question.
“I'm not sure when but I want to visit and meet coaches,” Daley said. “Coach Breckterfield is a great guy. I can't wait to visit and see the staff. I would like to get a better feel for environment up there and how they coach, but from what I know now they have great academics, great coaching staff and great program. That's enough for me to take a visit sometime."