Wisconsin feels like it hit the jackpot in landing Austin (TX) Lake Travis receiver Cade Green early in the recruiting process, well before the three-star senior became a big factor in leading his team to a state championship in the highest division of Texas high school football.
Now the Badgers are hoping an early offer to Green’s teammate – sophomore Garrett Wilson – will yield similar results down the road.
“I’m very excited,” Wilson told BadgerNation after picking up his Wisconsin offer. “Cade was telling me that they liked some things about me and they’d seen film on me. (Recruiting assistant Paul Meunier) said that he felt I was a fit for their school and he heard good things about me from Cade and his parents. They wanted to be one of my first schools because they said I’ll have a lot of schools to choose from.”
Having offered just over a dozen prospects in the 2019 class, Wisconsin had not spoken to Wilson prior to the offer but knew a lot about him from recruiting Green over the past year. Green’s commitment in March allowed the 6-0, 170-pound Wilson to learn a lot about the Badgers.
“We have a couple Big Ten commits on the team so they would all have a couple bets going on,” Wilson said. “They (Wisconsin) don’t seem like they pass that much, but when they do they hit some plays. They do a lot of jet sweeps, which I like a lot. I loved seeing that against Ohio State with Jazz Peavy, so I feel I could come and do that there. They do a lot of blocking, which we’re expected to do at Lake Travis to help the run game.”
In 15 games this past season, Wilson had 53 catches for 699 yards and 14 total touchdowns (12 receiving, two throwing). Wilson attributes a lot of that success to playing alongside Green, who demanded a lot of attention throughout his senior season
“He’s just so good at everything technically,” Wilson said of Green. “His route running, his footwork, he can out athlete everyone. We do a lot of stuff together and you can see the different ways to get open. I’ve learned a lot by watching him.”
Admitting he hasn’t spent much time focusing on his recruitment at this point, Wilson hopes to attend a bunch of spring games in the future as they fit around his AAU schedule. He holds additional offers from Bowling Green and SMU.