As he walked around the city of Madison in the March, Austin (TX) Lake Travis receiver Cade Green knew that the University of Wisconsin was the right place for him to play college football. Returning four months later to his future school, not much has changed.
“This visit went absolutely amazing,” Green told BadgerNation after wrapping up a three-day visit. “This being my second time seeing everything and getting to spend a bunch of time with Coach Gilmore just made me feel even more confident than I already was with my decision.
“Along with all that it was great that my whole family could come with me this time and get a chance to fall in love with the university just as I did.”
While Green wanted to continue building his relationship with his future position coaches, a big focus of the trip was to reconnect with San Marcos (CA) Mission Hills junior quarterback Jack Tuttle. The pair have known each other since the third grade school, having grown up in southern California, and Green’s goal is to become teammates once again.
It’s not uncommon to see committed prospects help recruit uncommitted players, but Green took it a step farther by tipping off receivers coach Ted Gilmore about his quarterback friend. As a result, Tuttle was offered by the Badgers in the spring and the two spent Wednesday on campus together.
“It was fantastic to see and spend time with my long-time friend Jack Tuttle and his parents,” Green said. “Jack and I first became friends when I moved to California from Michigan in the fourth grade. We started playing Pop Warner together in fifth grade and just became great friends. We were always together whether it was playing video games at one of our houses, riding on bikes around town, or going on family vacations.”
“When I moved to Texas we continued to stay in touch somewhat,” he added. “Him and his dad came out and watched one of my games my freshman year, but we haven't seen each other since then so it was simply awesome to get back together!”
Green is on the opposite spectrum of the recruiting process as Tuttle, a four-star prospect with double-digit offers. While Tuttle continues to take visits to better gauge where his future home will be, Green hasn’t had his strong feelings toward the Badgers fade away.
“When I commit to something or someone, or in this case the University of Wisconsin, I am 100% committed,” Green said. “Loyalty is everything to me so if I give someone my word or commitment I mean it. I am 110% committed to the Badgers and couldn't be happier with my decision.”
An under-the-radar recruit when he committed to Wisconsin, Green’s commitment put him on the radar of a number of other program, many of whom increased their interest and even offered scholarships. Although he has the option of visiting other schools, Green said he wants none of that.
“It's incredibly flattering to receive offers from different programs, but I'm not looking for any other school to offer me,” Green said. “I won't be visiting any other schools besides Wisconsin.”
Besides Tuttle, Green said he’s been trying to help the Badgers land Iowa City West four-star Oliver Martin, who has been a friend of Green’s since being teammates at a football camp in Virginia in seventh grade.
“They are both great players and would be even greater additions to the Wisconsin football family,” he said. “As far as where Wisconsin stands on their list, I don't know exactly where they land, but I can say Wisconsin is definitely high up there for both of them.”
Green takes pride in trying to lure the nation’s best to Madison, focusing on specific strengths of the program and the University to try to entice Badger targets.
“I tell guys that I’m recruiting that there is simply no better place in the country”, said Green. “First off the academics are outstanding, the town is great, the people are amazing, the staff is the best, and obviously they play some pretty great football here. It's just an awesome tradition”
One of 10 known commitments to Wisconsin’s 2017 class, Green has begun to forge strong relationships with his fellow commits over a group chat and his future coaches.
“I’ve really started to get to know all the recruits in my class and they are all great guys,” Green said. “I’m specifically looking forward to working with Jack Coan. With the staff, I’ve honestly built a relationship with all the coaches. They are all amazing guys and I can’t wait to see what I can learn from all of them in the future.”