Bret Bielema has been well known for his recruiting successes in the state of Florida.
It should come as no surprise that he has continued to make the Sunshine state a big priority with his new staff.
Badger assistant Dave Doeren has been the primary recruiter in the state. He has been the main contact for Zach Brown, who will make his first official visit to Wisconsin this weekend.
"Coach Doeren and I are always joking around about their being 83,000 people in the stadium," Brown informed BadgerNation.com.
"I've never been around 83,000 people in my life. He's just told me to expect a good time, and that it is Homecoming weekend so it will be a great atmosphere."
According to Brown, it has been his relationship with Coach Doeren and the rest of the Badger coaching staff that has firmly established their place within his top five.
Not to mention, as previously noted, Coach Bielema has made Florida players feel welcome in Madison.
"I like how straight-forward the Wisconsin coaches have been with me, and how willing they have been to answer all my questions. I can remember Coach (John) Settle taking the time to go through the entire depth chart at running back, and offering his thoughts on each player," Brown stated.
"It is a great program with great tradition at running back, and they have a lot of Florida players on their team. That means a lot to me."
This past Friday, against Lake Worth, Brown rushed for 125 yards and one touchdown on only seven carries. That is productivity; one of the main reasons Wisconsin has targeted Brown so heavily.
"We have another running, Brandon Pendergrass, who is committed to Wake Forest, who receives most of the carries. We are low on linebackers this year so it is my first year playing defense. My carries are limited. Still, we are winning, and teams know we have two backs who can really run the ball," Brown said.
Brown has narrowed his list to five schools, and has set his second official visit with another Big Ten program.
"I have an official visit set with Minnesota for the first weekend in December, and it is my plan to visit the other schools, as well."
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