With his offer list expanding at a rapid rate, Maple Grove (MN) combo guard Brad Davison knew there were a lot of schools he needed to see in person before making his college choice.
So with the July evaluation period about to begin and his senior football season just around the corner, Davison and his family decided to start racking up the miles.
“It was an awesome experience,” Davison told BadgerNation of his trips. “The best part was being able to go with my parents. It was a really good bonding time. We spent a lot of time in the car and had a lot of really good discussions about my future.”
The Badgers have made Davison a priority over the last several weeks, looking to add him to a top-10 recruiting class that includes four-star shooting guard Kobe King and four-star power forward Nathan Reuvers, who is from nearby Lakeville, Minnesota.
“It was really great to meet everyone face to face and be with them,” Davison said of Wisconsin. “We spent time at the terrace and got a chance to meet the players. It was all very cool and a really good experience for my parents and I. Just to walk around campus and see their fan base, the fans in Madison are really supportive. I’ve personally got a lot of support from them on Twitter.”
Davison has been recruited by head coach Greg Gard since the guard’s freshman season, a relationship that has grown stronger since Wisconsin extended him a scholarship offer at the beginning of June.
“He was one of the first coaches to start recruiting me,” Davison said of Gard. “My relationship with him has grown really strong because I’ve known him the longest.”
There’s also an established relationship between Davison and new assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft, who also started recruiting Davison as a freshman when he was an assistant coach at South Dakota State. With Krabbenhoft starting to recruit Minnesota for Wisconsin, Davison already has a comfort level with the former UW forward.
“He also played for my same AAU team in Howard Pulley, so I think the biggest thing with Coach Krabbenhoft is he can relate to me and my situation because he’s been through it,” Davison said. “That’s the biggest thing. We have a lot of common.”
Although Michigan hadn’t offered Davison prior to him visiting the campus, Wolverines coach John Beilein promised Davison he would get an offer whenever he decided to take a visit. While getting the offer was an honor, Davison said the interaction he shared with Beilein was the big highlight.
“My favorite part at Michigan was the one-on-one time I got with Coach Beilein,” Davison said. “He’s one of the greatest coaches out there, so just to hear what he had to say and say about my game was a really cool experience.”
And much like Michigan beforehand and Wisconsin after, Davison said getting a chance to talk with Northwestern head coach Chris Collins and his staff in person for the first time was a real highlight. The Wildcats offered June 8.
“That one-on-one time with the coaching staff was great, especially with Coach Collins,” Davison said. “You can see how much passion he has for the game and passion he has for winning. That was really special to see.”
Davison is still planning to make a decision by the start of his high school football season, hoping that he’ll come to his final choice later this month. He maintains that he doesn’t have a top list.
“As this whole (recruiting) situation goes deeper, it gets harder,” Davison said. “Ideally I’d like to make a decision in July so I can focus on football. The crazy thing about visiting all those schools is you leave all of them thinking you can really see yourself playing there. It’s going to be a hard decision.”
Davison’s AAU team will be playing at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, Georgia, the NY2LA Summer Jam in Mequon and the Las Vegas Classic during the three July evaluation weekends.