Mater Dei High School is a powerhouse when it comes to high school football, currently ranked third overall in the country. The Monarchs have produced several elite prospects over the years, and four-star Scout 300 receiver Nikko Remigio is in line to be the next.
On Tuesday, Wisconsin extended an offer to Remigio, who is ranked the number 263 prospect in the 2018 class.
“It’s a true blessing being able to be in touch with such a great school,” Remigio told BadgerNation. “Wisconsin is an incredible program and to be able to receive attention from them is remarkable.”
Wisconsin’s recent successes on the field are attractive to the 5-11 prospect, as the offer from the Badgers raises his own expectations for himself and his game.
“The offer is a reminder of where my skill level is at, as well as where it needs to be,” Remigio said. “Wisconsin being one of the best teams in the country shows me where the bar is set and how it is so important for me to get better every day in order to be able to compete at such a high level.”
Remigio’s offer sheet is somewhat small but he has already picked up in-state offers from UCLA and USC. While it is usually tough for Midwest schools to pry away California prospects away from the Bruins and the Trojans, Remigio insists that doesn’t give the California schools an advantage over others.
“Do not necessarily (favor USC/UCLA),” Remigio said. “Of course being in touch with those schools is such an honor, but me being from Cali doesn’t make them a favorite.”
Not only is Wisconsin’s program attractive, Remigio is a fan of the Badgers’ success in generating N.F.L. players and the University’s reputation for academics and its business school.
“Absolutely a plus,” he said. “My dream is definitely to go to the NFL, but my main focus for now is winning a national championship.”
“Academics is a huge part in my decision making for college,” Remigio added. “I want to (major) in some sort of business at a college that is the right fit for me.”