Monday marked the second time in a month that Milan (MI) offensive tackle Michael Furtney took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin, tacking it on to the end of a Midwest swing of campus visits. Once again he was impressed with what he experienced during his most recent trip.
“It was a great visit,” Furtney told BadgerNation. “I was able to see the linemen work out in the morning, which was very cool. I had a chance to talk with several of the linemen also. They were all great guys and were very informative about their experiences at Wisconsin.”
Additionally, Furtney was able to continue his growing bond with several members of the Badger coaching staff while also returning for another look of campus and the football program’s facilities.
“You always see something new when you tour it for a second time,” Furtney said. “I was able to have a great conversation with Coach Turner, Coach Marlatt, Coach Rudolph, and Coach Chryst.”
Furtney has developed a special relationship with Paul Chryst since Wisconsin’s head coach began recruiting the lineman. Furtney has bought into Chryst’s philosophy and continues to be impressed by the rave reviews Wisconsin’s current players give about their head coach.
“He (Chryst) is such a down to earth guy,” Furtney said. “He seems like a great person who really cares about his players. I talked to some of the players about their relationship with him and they all talked about how awesome he was.”
Before his Wisconsin trip, Furtney took visits to several schools as part of a weekend tour of programs. Being an emerging, well-regarded prospect, programs that hosed Furtney went out of their way to impress the high school junior.
“I really enjoyed all of the schools that I visited this past weekend,” Furtney said after visiting Vanderbilt, Missouri, Iowa State and Minnesota. “Every coach that I talked to was great and treated me so well. They all went out of their way to show me what their school had to offer.”
Furtney has exploded on the recruiting trail, landing multiple Power Five conference offers over the past month. Prospects react different to this kind of attention and though it’s not uncommon for recruits to bask in the attention, Furtney isn’t too fond of the newfound love.
“It has been really fun, but at the same time overwhelming,” he admitted. “I’m not the kind of person who likes to be in the spotlight so I try not to let it get to me.”
Now up to 25 scholarship offers, Furtney is scheduled to visit Indiana and Michigan State, who continues to show interest, sometime this month.
Though his offer list grows, Wisconsin continues to be one of the leading contenders for Furtney’s signature, with the Badgers stacking up well with the other suitors.
“Wisconsin is an amazing school, especially for linemen,” Furtney said. “Every school that I went to really impressed me. The coaches were all great and the facilities were amazing. Wisconsin is right there. The coaching staff is awesome, their facilities are just great and their history and tradition is top notch.”