With his decision fast approaching, Green Bay Preble running back Henry Geil has the University of Iowa on top with Indiana, Iowa State and Syracuse close behind. Before any commitment was made, the University of Wisconsin made sure to touch base with the 6-0 tailback.
Invited to watch the Badgers’ scrimmage Friday, Geil got his first look at a program he has watched from afar.
“It was a lot better than I thought it would be, in a good way, because I really didn’t know what to expect,” Geil told BadgerNation. “It was my first time there as a recruit. It’s a lot different. In the Big Ten you associate (tailback) with handing the ball off and just running it, but it was really cool to see all the planning that goes into it.”
Geil made the rounds with the coaching staff before and after practice, speaking to head coach Paul Chryst, offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and special teams coach Chris Haering, who recruits the state. After practice Geil and his family spoke at length with running back coach John Settle.
“He wanted to get to know me a little bit better as a person,” Geil said. “I camped there two years in a row but as a receiver. They said they wanted to see how I liked it, how I fit in … Wisconsin is a solid school academically, which is a really big thing for me. I don’t have that offer yet, but it’s close to my house and that would be really beneficial.”
After watching bruising tailback Corey Clement carry the load last season, Geil got a chance to speak to redshirt sophomore Bradrick Shaw, one of UW’s projected starting tailbacks this upcoming season.
“I was compared to a shorter Bradrick Shaw, not necessarily the thickest guy but long, agile and can run power and speed,” said Geil, who rushed for 784 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. “I saw Corey and he was just a big rock. If Bradrick can thrive, and I’m an inch-and-a-half shorter than him, I also can. I was a little concerned but once I saw Bradrick up close, I wasn’t too far off from him. I could see myself fitting in.”
Born in Florida but raised in Wisconsin, Geil will likely stay Big Ten bound when he makes his decision, which will mostly come within the next week.
“I’ve got some offers from some schools that are storied programs, prepped for success and have a lot of people in the pros with unique talents,” Geil said. “I’ve also got some offers from some up-and-coming schools that are starting to make a name for themselves.
“Iowa is still my number one, but a Wisconsin offer would give me something to think about.”