Ever since Wisconsin offered Florissant (Mo.) Hazelwood Central wide receiver Dallas Craddieth, he has been high on the Badgers, and the Badgers have been high on him. It’s not a surprise, since Craddieth is a two-way standout: a playmaker on offense and a ball hawk on defense.
“Ever since the Badgers have offered, I’ve always wanted to visit,” Craddieth told BadgerNation. “I’ve researched the school a lot and it’s made me more grateful for the offer. I haven’t been able to visit this summer, but I know I’ll visit before I commit to a school. I hope to go on a visit trip with my family, where we visit three or four schools in one week. Wisconsin is definitely on that list for visits.”
Being recruited by Wisconsin receivers coach Ted Gilmore, Craddieth said Gilmore and the staff are in contact with him weekly. One reason Craddieth said he loves talking to Gilmore is his demeanor, a mix of laughter and intensity when speaking.
“In my recruitment, it will be very important to get to know the coaches,” Craddieth said. “I want to go somewhere where I feel at home. That will be judged on my relationship with coaches, thoughts on campus and how the players are. I see a great and welcoming community at both Missouri and Wisconsin. Coach Gilmore tells me about all the fun the players have off the field, but at practice it’s strictly work. That’s something I want.”
The Missouri standout is still doesn’t have any leaders but said some schools that stick out to him are Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. While saying distance does play a small factor, he emphasized it won’t be the deciding factor when picking a school.
While visits are important, Craddieth’s main focus throughout the offseason has been bettering his game in order to help his high school bring home a state championship. In his mind, he has to be a leader on and off the field for that to happen.
“I play both ways for my school, and my goal is to be the best wide receiver and the best cornerback for my team – and in the state,” he said. “I know that’s his high hopes, but to be the best you have to act the best and prepare the best. I will be hitting the gym four or five days a week and be playing 7 vs 7 a lot. I plan on doing some work with teammates on the field and working on my footwork. That is my biggest priority.”