From Florida to Madison

Eriks Briedis, a 6-foot-5, 263-pound, defensive linemen, from Miami (Fla.) Country Day, is verbally committed to Wisconsin and he plans on signing with the Badgers on Feb. 6. Briedis was recently in Tampa for the Outback Bowl where he struck up a friendship with another future Badger.

"My family and I had a great time in Tampa," Eriks Briedis told Badger Nation.

"The Outback Bowl, minus the outcome of the game, was very fun. We had a great weekend. I got the chance meet Anthony Mains, he's from Naples and that's not too far from Miami.

"Anthony and I hung out a lot and we had a lot in common. My family and Anthony's family actually went out to dinner the night before the game and everyone got along great. We've got so much in common that we plan on being roommates next year."

We asked Briedis what he expects to accomplish as a freshman at Wisconsin.

"I'm just going to come in and work hard," Briedis said. "I'm not worried about depth chart or anything like that. I understand there's going to be a lot to learn.

"I'm going to be away from home, going to school and just trying to get acclimated to my new surroundings. There's going to be a lot to learn and a lot to take in. I want to come in and take it day by day and just work hard.

"Here's the plan, on June 11, I'll be going to Madison to start working out with the team. Wisconsin has a tremendous strength and conditioning coach and I'm looking forward to getting up to Wisconsin and hitting the weights."

Briedis had a home visit with Bret Bielema and Dave Doeren yesterday. Eriks told us that although he's a solid Wisconsin commitment, he's still getting pressed by Ole Miss, Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

"Those three schools have called and asked if I was still committed," he said. "I've told them that I'm solid with Wisconsin."

Briedis told us that he'll be signing his letter of intent at his high school with family, coaches, and friends in attendance. Eriks had 89 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles in seven games this season.

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