A frequent unofficial visitor during the 2016 season, Westfall is well versed with the Badgers’ facilities, game-day atmosphere and the pomp and circumstances that goes with it.
But as one of over 30 prospects to attend Wisconsin’s junior day on Saturday, the 6-3, 175-pound receiver gave his trip positive reviews because of the opportunity to get a player’s perspective on one of his top schools.
“I got a lot of information that was beneficial to me and my family just to get into this, because it’s a brand new experience for us,” Westfall told BadgerNation. “We had some questions about the whole recruiting process and how that worked, what you had to do and what you could prepare yourself for in the future. Coach Jon Budmayr answered a lot of that for us.”
Wisconsin took the prospects on a campus visit, including a stop at Lake Mendota on an unseasonably warm afternoon, and met with a lot of players individually. Westfall talked to tight end coach Mickey Turner, who had visited Westfall’s school a number of times.
“I feel like we have a pretty good connection,” Westfall said of Turner. “We talk about school and life in general. Usually we have good conversations.”
Still early in the 2018 recruiting process, Wisconsin has extended only two scholarship offers to in-state prospects. Finishing his junior season with 42 catches for 800 yards and 11 touchdowns, Westfall believes he would have a UW offer had he not been sidelined with a broken collarbone during last year’s summer camp schedule.
Asked if he believes he’ll get a Wisconsin offer at some point, Westfall confidently said “yes.”
“They told me to get it up in the classroom in the offseason,” Westfall said. “They said I don’t need to worry about anything. They looked at my film and they think I am a great athlete. They told me to come back in the spring and come back as many times as I could.”
Still searching for his first offer, Westfall said he is getting interest from Michigan State, Minnesota and Purdue.