MADISON – Mesa (AZ) Desert Ridge Adam Bay wanted an offer from the University of Wisconsin over the summer but it was an opportunity that just wasn’t in the cards. When it came around a second time, Bay wasn’t going to miss his chance.
Although committed to Missouri, Bay fell in love with Wisconsin on his official visit this weekend and decided to change his pledge to the Badgers’ 2017 class.
“The campus and the environment, just being up there is an amazing feeling,” Bay told BadgerNation. “The football program, I’ve heard stories about the football program and the tradition there is second to none. When I got there to see Camp Randall in person and tour all the facilities and campus, it was beautiful.”
With a scholarship class in the low teens, it would appear the Badgers didn’t have room to take a long snapper on any form of scholarship. But with Connor Udelhoven set to graduate and true freshman Jake Caesar no longer with the program, Wisconsin no longer had a true long snapper projected on its 2017 roster.
Bay visited Wisconsin over the summer, but bringing in a long snapper wasn’t in the cards at the time with so few available scholarship. He committed to Missouri in August over offers from Memphis, New Mexico State and Wyoming.
Wisconsin offered Bay a full scholarship on Monday and want him to starter year one.
“It was an amazing feeling,” Bay said. “Being committed to Mizzou, it really opened up a lot of thought and really convinced me to reconsider things.”
Notifying the Missouri staff that he was taking the visit, and saying the Tigers coaches were “understanding,” Bay said the purpose of the official visit was to validate whether his commitment to Missouri was the right decision or not. It turns out that he was more comfortable with the Badgers.
"I've always been sold on Wisconsin since day one, but I needed to make sure I was making the right decision," Bay said. "Everything about the atmosphere, the game, the coaches and how much they wanted me was great."
Starting long snapping in eighth grade, Bay would drive an hour round trip to Phoenix almost every night to put in work with a long snapping coach, dedication that has earned him an opportunity in the Big Ten.
“I’ve really grown from there,” Bay said. “I’ve had no bad snaps in high school, and I hope to keep it that way and keep going. It’s a craft that people overlook and that’s something that I pride myself on. My school really appreciates what I do. We have a sophomore punter and he really appreciates me making it easy for him.”