After locking down all its in-state targets in the 2017 class, Wisconsin is looking to do the same in the 2018 cycle.
Although having extended only two known offers to in-state juniors, the Badgers are firmly in the driver’s seat for Brookfield Central outside linebacker Reggie Jennings, who spent last weekend camping with the Badgers.
“He loves it there,” Brookfield Central head coach Jed Kennedy told BadgerNation. He's visited a couple times, grew up watching the Badgers and has expressed to me he will catch a game this year. His parents are huge fans of the Badgers and they all hope it's the right fit for him.”
Wisconsin has been the only school to offer Jennings, a decision that came on an unofficial visit to Madison in March. Being recruited by assistant coach Chris Haering, who visited the school in January to start his research on him, Jennings was viewed as a “no brainer” by the staff, even though he’s still raw in a lot of areas.
"He's a great kid,” Kennedy said. “He works extremely hard, and we have a great relationship. He is always last one to stay after practice, works hardest in the weight room, and is a huge playmaker on our defense. That all translates to his recruitment, and I hope other colleges offer him also. He deserves it."
Having played on varsity the last two years, Jennings finished with 64 tackles (31 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in his first season as a starter. While a good portion of high school players go to camp in hopes of getting scholarship offers, Jennings is heading to camp to increase his football IQ.
“His focus is to get better and learn from the best,” Kennedy said. “One reason he went to Wisconsin's camp, he said he talked to Coach Chryst there and they only said good things about his game. They love his toughness and can see him being the cornerstone to the 2018 class if he commits, and that means a lot to him."
While Wisconsin is an attractive opportunity for Jennings, Kennedy said Jennings many focus is going through the recruiting process and shifting his attention to his junior season.
“As of now he thinks (Wisconsin is) his best fit, but wants to clarify and make sure,” Kennedy said. “He isn't going to decide till his junior year and I think it will be Wisconsin if I had to guess."