Lely tandem exploring their options

Culmer St. Jean and Wondy Pierre-Louis made their official visits to Wisconsin over the weekend.

Wondy Pierre-Louis and Culmer St. Jean have logged plenty of miles together the past three weekends. First the defensive-back tandem from Naples (Fla.) Lely High School traveled to Minnesota (Dec. 2). Then they were off to West Virginia (Dec. 9) for official visit No. 2. This weekend Pierre-Louis and St. Jean made their way to Wisconsin.

"It was pretty good," Pierre-Louis said. "I didn't (expect) that the city was that nice. And the school was nice. Everything was good."

Pierre-Louis, a 6-foot, 176-pound cornerback prospect, and St. Jean, a 6-1, 215-pound safety, plan to take two more official visits and make their college decision after those trips are complete. They plan to select the same school.

Culmer St. Jean

Considering all the time the duo has been spending traveling together recently, it is not surprising that Pierre-Louis was nearby St. Jean when the latter was reached on his cell phone Sunday night.

"There are a lot of schools," Pierre-Louis said. "We just, like, we can't pick one yet."

After visiting Wisconsin, what did St. Jean think about the program?

"I like everything about (Wisconsin)," St. Jean said. "It's a great school. It's a small town, but has a nice city life. The academics are great. It's one of the top academic schools. Academics are important. Great coaches there and players are cool there. Pretty much the visit went pretty well. I liked it a lot."

How did the Wisconsin visit compare to their previous trips to Minnesota and West Virginia?

"The same, if not better," St. Jean said.

"They are pretty much the same," Pierre-Louis said. "Wisconsin's facilities are a little bit better. They have a great training staff. Wisconsin's got to be a little bit better, I think."

Pierre-Louis said he learned something new about the Badgers' football program.

"They are trying to fight for the national championship next year and they making sure that they bring in the right guys to do it," he said.

Does either student-athlete have a favorite?

"I'd rather just leave it to keep it to myself," St. Jean said.

"They are even," Pierre-Louis said. "Everything's good about the schools. You have things to do over there."

Pierre-Louis, however, said he liked the fact that Wisconsin and West Virginia do not share their respective cities with a major professional franchise.

"Everybody is talking college football," he said.

Both Pierre-Louis and St. Jean said that they are not sure where their final two official visits will take place. In addition to the three schools they have already made official visits to, the duo has scholarship offers from Iowa, Indiana, South Florida, Central Florida and Troy.

"I'm pretty close (to a decision)," St. Jean said. "I'm going to check these next two out and then I'm going to see how that works out and then I'll probably make my decision after that last visit."

Pierre-Louis a two-sport recruit

While attending Wisconsin's bowl practice Friday, Pierre-Louis and St. Jean spent some time talking with UW head men's track coach Ed Nuttycombe. Pierre-Louis will definitely compete in track in college, while St. Jean is considering the possibility. St. Jean has not competed in track since his sophomore year but plans to run sprints this spring. As a sophomore he ran a 10.9-second 100-meter dash.

"Wondy was doing most of the talking," St. Jean said of their encounter with Nuttycombe.

Pierre-Louis has much to offer a track program. He won state titles last year in the long jump and triple jump, with leaps of 23-11 and 48-0, respectively. He said that his personal bests are 24-8 in the long jump, 49-2 in the triple jump and 21.8 seconds in the 200-meter dash. He also runs on the 400 relay.

Nuttycombe, Pierre-Louis said, has been trying to send him information on Wisconsin's track program for some time, but it turned out he had the wrong address.

"He just kept sending it to the last address I have," Pierre-Louis said. "So I'm just going to go over there and pick them up."

Track is important to Pierre-Louis, but, when asked about what he was looking for in a college, he focused on academics.

"I just want to go to a school that really cares about like… academic support," he said. "… Like they have good tutors for the education, because I want to study business. And I want to make sure that I graduate."

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