Even before stepping foot on campus, Florissant (MO) Hazelwood Central wide receiver Dallas Craddieth felt comfortable with the Wisconsin program and assistant coach Ted Gilmore. One of the few missing pieces with the Badgers was the three-star prospect had yet to sit down at length with head coach Paul Chryst.
His first impression of the second-year coach during Saturday’s junior day continues to make the Badgers one of Craddieth’s favorite schools.
“He was pretty chill, pretty fun,” Craddieth told BadgerNation of his interaction with Chryst. “I had a lot of laughs, but he was also serious and straightforward with the things he said.”
Craddieth was the only known uncommitted prospect with an offer to attend Wisconsin’s junior day, important for him since he was unable to take an unofficial visit to the school in the fall. Like most attendees, Craddieth said the visit, which included a campus and facilities tour, went well and cast the program in a positive light.
“I had heard Madison was a pretty nice place to be and it lived up to expectations,” Craddieth said. “Just being around the coaches made everything better, seeing how they liked it there and what they like to see.”
Depending on who he spoke to, Craddieth got two different answers of where the Badgers view him at the collegiate level. Gilmore views Craddieth as a receiver, Chryst told the prospect he has the ability to be a two-way player.
“My relationship with Coach Gilmore is going well,” Craddieth said of Gilmore, who visited the prospect’s school during the contact period. “My relationship has got stronger as we got to know each other a little more.”
Holding other power-five offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Northwestern and Syracuse, Craddieth said things have been quiet on the recruiting trail. He said he would like to make a college decision either before or after his senior season.
He finished his junior season 78 tackles (56 solo) and two sacks on defense and recorded 40 receptions and five touchdowns.
“I’m working on everything in my game,” Craddieth said. “I always feel I can always do better and what I’m doing. My strengths are that I like to come up and tackle. I feel real comfortable on defense. On offense, I’m a pretty good blocker at receiver and catch the ball pretty good with my hands.”