Getting a Good Impression

With his scholarship offers continuing to increase, Camden Catholic (N.J.) quarterback Joe Brennan is starting to take a closer look at his suitors. First up for him this summer is Wisconsin, a campus visit that made a strong opening impact.

MADISON - With Wisconsin's scholarship offer making it into his top three favorite schools from the start, Camden Catholic (Cherry Hill, N.J.) quarterback Joe Brennan was anxious to learn more about offensive coordinator Paul Chryst's offense and the Wisconsin program.

This past weekend, Brennan got a chance to do both on the Madison campus – leaning about the Badgers and the city on a guided tour by Chryst himself.

"I've been calling Coach Chryst for awhile and have developed a good relationship over the phone," Brennan told Badger Nation. "It was nice for him to take time to show me around. It went very well. The coaches set up an itinerary for me and I got to meet basically everybody that is involved with the program. It was a nice experience just learning and getting all the information possible."

Sitting down and talking with Coach Bielema at length, Brennan not only got a good grasp of the head coach's character, but an idea of the commitment the staff has to the program. Citing a conversation about long-time head coach Barry Alvarez, Brennan was impressed with Alvarez remaining at Wisconsin to head its athletic department, despite constant job offers from other college and professional program.

"Everyone had opportunities to get into the NFL and they decided to stay and coach in Madison," Brennan said. "That's something the means a lot to them. The coaches really have a foundation there. They have been there for awhile and that impressed me a lot."

As a junior, Brennan completed 147 of 255 passes for 2,438 yards, 25 touchdowns and 14 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 33 times for 301 yards and a score.

Although the visit made an impact, Brennen isn't ready to give the Badgers his verbal commitment, especially with Iowa and Louisville extending a scholarship to the signal caller this past weekend, joining Akron, Duke, Miami (Fl), Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford, Temple and Vanderbilt who have offered Brennan.

Location, according to Brennan, is, "not a factor that (he's) thinking of at all," and will continue to take a close look at other schools over the next month, with trips to Miami scheduled on June 15th and Stanford on the 19th. In the meantime, however, Wisconsin has definitely made an early impact.

"Wisconsin is still one of my top schools, but this choice determines my future and is not something you jump on right away," Brennan said. "I want to go over the pros and cons for each school and really make the best choice for me. Wisconsin did go great and I could see myself playing in Madison and leading that team to great things."


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