MADISON – Visiting the University of Wisconsin in April with his family, Cincinnati St. Xavier quarterback Chase Wolf was being slowed by an illness that left him feeling out of sorts. He felt cured by the time he left for home.
Despite always having the plan to revisit some schools in his top list before committing, Wolf’s experience with the Badgers last month was enough to tell him that he found the right school to play.”
“Once I visited there, I knew it was home,” Wolf told BadgerNation. “I had a feeling in my gut that it was the place I was meant to be. I just loved every minute of it.”
Announcing his commitment on Friday, Wolf is the ninth commit of the 2018 recruiting class for Wisconsin. He’s also the second quarterback, joining La Grange (Ill.) Lyons Township three-star prospect Ben Bryant. After having only two healthy scholarship quarterbacks during the 2016 spring season, the Badgers have restocked the position after also taking a pair of prospects two years ago.
Wisconsin offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph has stated that taking a second quarterback would come down to if that player was the right fit. During his visit, it was evident that Wolf was what the Badgers were looking for, considering the steady stream of coaches, assistants and other personnel coming over to talk to the Wolf family.
“They really welcomed me in that I felt like home,” Wolf said, who picked the Badgers over other favorites Boston College, Cincinnati and South Carolina. “They treated me greatly. I got to talk to Father Mike, hung out with all the coaches the night before, got to meet their wives and stuff like that. It was like a big family.”
Although his relationship with Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst and Rudolph were important in his decision, getting a chance to get recruited by Jon Budmayr – Wisconsin’s unofficial quarterback coach – was huge for Wolf to understand how his skill set fit.
“I knew he was a great guy and felt very comfortable with him watching him during practice,” Wolf said. “Afterwards spending time with him and my family, getting a chance to watch film and to see what they’re going to do, I felt very comfortable with the offense and the coaching staff.”
Throwing for 1,249 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior, impressive considering he shared time with Penn State commit Sean Clifford, Wolf is rewarding Wisconsin – which gave him his first Power-Five offer in November – with a player willing to do whatever is asked of him.
“I’m a quarterback who won’t mind running the ball if the defense is set up for a pass, but I like throwing the ball, which is pretty typical for a quarterback” Wolf said. “I’m not going to scramble to try to get out of the pocket, but I don’t see Wisconsin quarterbacks doing it that often. I just felt it was a good fit with the style of the offense.”