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Badgers Football: A closer look at incoming Wisconsin freshman Adam Bay

With Wisconsin football set to begin summer conditioning June 18th, we profile some of the new scholarship players set to join the program.

Adam Bay

Long Snapper

Commitment Date: 10/30/16


Ranked nation’s No. 1 long snapper by Kohl’s … selected for 2017 Under Armour All-America Game … first-team all-state as a senior … second-team all-state as a sophomore and junior … three-time all-section selection … successfully completed all 440 snaps of high school career, including three varsity seasons … recorded 15 tackles and a sack as a sophomore … made 14 tackles and recovered two fumbles as a junior … had nine tackles as a senior … four-year scholar-athlete award winner.

Recruiting Competition

Originally committed to Missouri, Bay flipped to Wisconsin after he camped with the Badgers and earned a scholarship after 2016 committed long snapper Jake Cesear left the program. He also had offers from Memphis, New Mexico State and Wyoming.

Why Wisconsin? 

“The campus and the environment, just being up there is an amazing feeling. The football program, I’ve heard stories about the football program and the tradition there is second to none. When I got there to see Camp Randall in person and tour all the facilities and campus, it was beautiful.”

Coach’s Comments

“More importantly than the rankings, he came to our camp and was the top kid at our camp. We watched him compete, we had a chance to work with him all day and you follow that up by getting a chance to go to his high school and talk with people around the school. You find out he loves to work, that he drove 90 miles round trip four days a week to work with a snapping coach. He gets it. The other thing that was exciting about Adam is he was a starting defensive end for his high school football program. He’s a kid who is aggressive, and we’re excited to be able to work with him.” – Special Teams Coach Chris Haering

Scouting Report

At every Kohl’s Kicking snapping event he attended during the 2015-16 event schedule, Bay finished as the top overall snapper, including finishing with an average snap time of .65 seconds during the National Scholarship Camp. Showing the consistent accuracy of getting the football to his holder, Bay delivers get good zip on the ball to routinely make things easy on his holder. Earning a position in the Under Armour All-America football game, Bay has also registered a 4.21 second pro agility and jumped 8-5 in the broad jump. 

BadgerNation Prediction

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst has put a tremendous emphasis on building the Badgers’ special teams units into the one of the best in the country. It’s a reason why the Badgers have an assistant coach focused solely on special teams and are more than willing to spend scholarships on some of the top specialists in the country.

Bay badly wanted a Wisconsin scholarship after camping with the Badgers over the summer but the numbers didn’t work in his favor. A couple months later, Wisconsin was ready to come back to him with an offer and Bay was ready to join the program. With the graduation of Connor Udelhoven, Wisconsin does not currently have a long snapper on its roster. Special teams quality control coach Taylor Mehlhaff told Bay that it will be his job as soon as he arrives in the summer.

“Coach Mehlhaff told me the next snap in a game is going to be coming from me, so it’s kind of weird to think about that,” Bay said. “It’s a really cool thing to wrap my mind around. It’s something I’ve always dreamed for, to be a part of a program like that.”

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