Anthony Gatti (St. Louis, MO) has received numerous offers from the around the country including Ole Miss, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt. The 6-foot 6, 280-pound offensive lineman decided to make the trip to Madison and tour the campus.
After already taking trips to Ole Miss, Mizzou, Kansas, and Kansas State, Gatti came to Madison to see what the Badgers had to offer.
"First we got there and they brought me up to the coaches' offices and met all the coaches," Gatti explained to Badger Nation. "Then we went down stairs and just toured everything and went through everything. Then the offensive line coach took us on a tour in the car around the whole campus and around Madison kind of. We went back and went to meet the strength coach. We talked to him for a while and watched the offensive line lift for a while."
After coaching at Kansas University for four seasons, Coach Dave Doeren is very familiar with high school football in the state of Missouri and is leading the recruitment for Gatti.
"He is a nice guy," Gatti said of Coach Doeren. "He came to my school a while ago and talked to me. I like him a lot. I went up there and we talked for a while and he showed us around. It was a good time."
A few things stuck out about Wisconsin for Gatti. "It was all really good," Gatti said. "The facilities, the field, the campus is just amazing. The weight room is really nice. Everything about it is just great."
While on campus, Gatti got to talk with Coach Bielema, as well. "He brought us in his office and just talked to us about things for about 20 minutes. He talked about statistics, academics, and all kinds of things," Gatti said.
Overall, Wisconsin left an impression on Gatti. "Wisconsin is great," Gatti said. "The facilities are really nice. The coaching staff is really great. My top three are Wisconsin, Ole Miss and Mizzou. Those are the facilities and the coaching staffs I really like."
While Wisconsin was his most recent visit, his next will be a little closer to home. "I think I am going to go back up to Mizzou in a couple weeks to see what they got."
After leading Parkway North High School to an 8-3 record in 2008-2009, Gatti is looking to get his decision out of the way to focus on his senior season. "I am going to try and make a decision before my season starts," Gatti said.