Landingham Talks Wisconsin Commitment

Josh Clark caught up with Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Lahser HS) safety Quincy Landingham to offer this in-depth report regarding the Badgers latest addition to the Class of 2007 at a crucial position: SAFETY.

The Wisconsin Badgers are in serious need of safeties in the Class of 2007, and took one step closer to solving that need in landing the commitment of Quincy Landingham, Jr. just two weeks ago.

"I committed to Michigan State last April, and when I did I hadn't even received an offer from Wisconsin," Landingham informed

"Coach (Henry) Mason called me after he saw me at the NIKE Camp at Ohio State, and told me if I ever decided to change my mind that I had an offer on the table from Wisconsin."

"All throughout the summer, I remained a commitment to Michigan State, and it wasn't even until after the Notre Dame that I began to hear from other schools a bit, and rumors were swirling that Coach (John L.) Smith was going to be fired," Landingham said.

"Coach Mason was one of the first to call me after the rumors became more rampant, and really, I knew if I was going to consider leaving the state of Michigan, I'd probably go to Wisconsin. I knew they had a great academic school, they were far away enough from home but not too far, were a competitive Big Ten program, and had a huge need for safeties."

Landingham had set an official visit with the Badgers at that time for the first weekend in December.

However, after seeing his senior season fall a bit short, his father and he decided to make a last minute unofficial visit over to Madison.

"We went to Madison the Wednesday before their game at Iowa, and actually took a tour and met with the coaches on that Thursday," Landingham stated.

"We met with one of their recruiting assistants, Josh, who gave us a tour of the school and all the facilities."

"Then, I met with Coach (Kerry) Cooks, the defensive backs coach, who I really liked. He really seemed to know how to relate with his players, and treated his players as equals; not saying do this or do that. I could tell he was out for the best interests of his young men, and he was very knowledgable on the game of football."

"Then, I met with Coach (Mike) Hankwitz and Coach (Dave) Doeren which really helped seal the deal with me," added Landingham, who will graduate high school on January 10th and enroll at Wisconsin on the the 15th allowing him to participate in spring drills.

"I just liked how they laid out their defense. They play a 4-3 and really keep one of their safeties back to help in coverage and the other up in the box for run support. They felt I could do either role, and their free and strong safeties switch roles depending on which side of the field the ball is on."

"They were real excited to know I would be coming in for spring practice because they feel it will give me an advantage to compete next fall."

"I have a 3.5 GPA and scored a 28 on the ACT so they know I'm a good student, and felt I was trustworthy enough that they wouldn't have to worry about me coming in and becoming ineligible," Landingham stated.

It was his final meeting on the visit with head coach Bret Bielema when Landingham let his intentions be known.

"I walked into Coach Bielema's office, and he was listening to reggae music. He was just real down-to-earth, and was talking to me about my decision. I told him I was ready to commit, and I think he was a bit shocked as he expected me to visit other schools. In the end, though, I knew Wisconsin is where I wanted to go," Landingham said.

Lastly, Landingham attended his first game ever at Camp Randall in watching the Badgers finish the 2006 season with a 11-1 record in defeating Buffalo.

"It was one of the best game atmospheres I've been a part of; better than any of the games I've attended in Michigan. It may not have been a Michigan vs Ohio State or even Iowa, but the fans show up, pack the stadium, and stay there until the end. They sing songs, do chants, and really pump up the players. I was with one of Wisconsin's other commitments, Nick Toon, and we decided to go into the student section and do the "Jump Around" with them in between the 3rd and 4th quarter," Landingham concluded.

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