Recruiting is all about decisions. College staffs have to decide who to target, who to bypass and who to offer a scholarship. The prospect has to decide which schools to visit, which scholarship to consider and ultimately what school to commit to.
With Wisconsin making the decision to finally pull the trigger and offer Cypress (TX) Ranch receiver R.J. Sneed, it’s up to the three-star prospect to ultimately decide if the Badgers are worth the trip.
“The Badgers staff and specifically Coach Gilmore have visited be a couple times and have been talking to me a lot,” Sneed told BadgerNation. “Wisconsin has been calling me almost every day for last couple weeks and it shows they want me. They told me I am the top prospect on their board. I can’t explain how much that means to me and my family.”
Although Sneed said he’s wanted an offer from Wisconsin, what complicates the issue is that the 6-2 receiver has been committed to TCU since mid-February and calls his commitment to the Horned Frogs “firm.”
While he doesn’t know much about the Wisconsin program, Sneed said the Badgers are a school he’s considering and likes because of the offense they run and feels it tailors to his strengths. Considering he’s Wisconsin’s receiver coach, Gilmore has been the one aggressive selling Sneed on his potential with the Badgers.
“Out of all the schools talking to me, besides TCU, I feel Coach Gilmore is my favorite coach,” Sneed said. “I can tell the whole staff and him really want me. I plan on taking an official visit for a game this year. I want to catch the Ohio State game, but it’s not certain which game yet. I want to see a family environment whenever I go and I already sense that at Wisconsin. I hope a visit confirms that.”
In addition to TCU and Wisconsin, Sneed now holds offers from California, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UCLA and several others.
“Football is great and all, but it’s not everything,” he said. “God doesn't judge you on football skills; he judges you on you as a person. I’ve had to step up a lot in my family life and help out my siblings. I try to be a good role model for them. Every day I wake up, I make sure it’s not a day wasted, and do at least one good deed a day. If I have done those, I know the lord will bless me.”