Several UW Recruits Head Elsewhere

With the Badgers winding down the 2002-03 recruiting season, several players that have visited recently have committed elsewhere.

The Badgers won't quite wrap-up their recruiting class by Christmas this year, but they came awfully close.

Wisconsin had a torrid month of December in recruiting, landing some extremely important commitments over the course of its three recruiting visit weekends.

But not all of the news has been positive over the last week. Doug Van Dyke committed to Purdue, as did Chris Patrick, one day after confirming his commitment to Wisconsin over the phone and denying he had visited West Lafayette.

And over the last couple of days, the Badgers lost a few more recruits that have been on campus recently.

Here are a few recent updates from The Insiders' staff:

David Garvin on Nick Moore:

"Nick committed to Georgia Tech on his visit," Nick's mom told HR on Monday morning. "We (she and her husband) didn't get to go, but we're very excited for Nick. We'll make it over for the spring game next year."

As reported last Thursday, Moore had visited Wisconsin in addition to scheduling visits to Iowa State and Colorado State.

"I don't believe Nick will be making those other visits," Ms. Moore said. "We certainly wouldn't want him to waste another school's money by taking a trip with no real intention of going there."

Greg Biggins on Daymeion Hughes:

Daymeion Hughes, a 5-11, 175 pound two way standout from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw is one player who had a great senior season and saw his stock soar through the roof. He took official visits to Cal, Oregon and Arizona but he has decided to end the recruiting process and has made his decision.

"I'm going to Cal," Hughes said. "I'm going to call them tomorrow but my mind has been made up for a long time. Cal is where I've wanted to go since before high school. The academic reputation is the main reason and my mom really likes what they have to offer from that standpoint.

"Football wise, I love the direction they're going in and really like Coach Tedford. They graduate both starting corners and one of their safeties so there's a good chance I'll be able to come in and play right away.

"To be honest though, I was going to Cal no matter how they did in football. Like I've said, I just have always liked them, even when they were sorry on the field I still liked them. Now that they're winning, that's just an added bonus."

Hughes originally had a trip set with Wisconsin for this weekend but canceled it when he decided he knew where he was going. He also had offers from Washington and Fresno State and trip offers from USC and UCLA.

Chris Pool on Corey McKeon:

Corey McKeon, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound, linebacker from Naperville (Ill.) North pledged Nebraska this past Thursday night.

McKeon told Midwest Recruiting & Film Evaluation that he didn't want to go public with his commitment until he spoke with the coaches from the other schools he was interested in.

"I got in touch with everyone but South Carolina," McKeon said. "I chose Nebraska because of their tradition, facilities and I fit in well with the players on my visit.

"Nebraska has a very good business school and that's going to be my major."

McKeon is a tremendous athlete that loves to hit. He's a 1st team All-Midwest selection and a finalist for several All-American teams.

And The Insiders on Dareus Hiley: top #10 cornerback Dareus Hiley joined his teammate Donte Whitner verbaling the Ohio State Buckeyes. Glenville coach Ted Ginn told me that Hiley made his commitment to coach Mel Tucker a little while ago. Coach Tucker will be contacting Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel who will contact Hiley and make it official.

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