Having offered over a dozen 2018 prospects in the state of Florida, most of them coming during the spring evaluation period, it’s evident that the University of Wisconsin wants to make a big splash in the state in the future.
Plantation American Heritage defensive end Andrew Chatfield doesn’t know a lot about Wisconsin but that doesn’t diminish his happiness that Badgers defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield created when he offered him a scholarship.
“I didn't expect this offer, but sometimes the best things come unexpected,” Chatfield told BadgerNation. “I talked it over with my teammates and they had great things to say about Wisconsin.”
Two of those teammates the 6-3, 210-pound defensive end talked to are two of the Badgers’ biggest uncommitted targets in the 2017 recruiting class. Outside linebacker James Houston is considered by some the top prospect on UW’s recruiting board and holds over two dozen offers, while defensive tackle George Ellis (Houston’s cousin) appears to be a perfect fit for UW’s 3-4 defense.
Chatfield is hopeful to tag along with the cousins on an upcoming Wisconsin visit to get a feel for the campus, the coaching staff and the academics the school can provide.
“I know they have top notch academics,” Chatfield said. “Academics are important to me and my family. My mom is very smart person and it makes life in general a lot easier if you're educated well, and Wisconsin has to go along with a top program, it's a lethal combination. I can also tell my teammates see that as well in Wisconsin."
Holding early offers from Bowling Green, Fresno State, Mississippi State, USF and Syracuse, Chatfield said his early top schools are Iowa and Mississippi State. As he gets to know the UW staff, Chatfield acknowledges the Badgers can easily make the top of his list.
“My relationship with staff is very new,” Chatfield said. “I haven't really talked with any of staff yet, but once I'm older I will definitely talk to them. I talked to some older guys, like George Ellis, and he said Wisconsin is one of most upbeat coaching staff, but yet they expect a lot on their players. It's the perfect combination he said. I can't wait to visit and see how it plays off, because Wisconsin is definitely a contender in my recruitment.”