Cody Byers, Archbishop Alter High School (Kettering, OH), recently took an unofficial visit to Madison and came away more than impressed.
"It went really well," Byers explained. "I stayed with my friend Chris Borland (Freshman LB at Wisconsin from the same high school as Byers). I woke up in the morning and toured the facilities with Coach Rudolph and Coach Doeren. We toured the facilities and the campus."
After collecting a number of offers from teams including the entire MAC conference, West Virginia, Marshall, and Louisville, Cody Byers decided that he was going to end his recruitment and commit to the Wisconsin Badgers. "I actually committed there today," Byers said.
"First of all, Madison is just a great town," Byers said to Badger Nation. "It is something else. It seems like it is just better than all of schools that I have been to. The academics are just great. That is a big point especially for my mom, she loves academics, and for me as well. There aren't that many schools that are that great at academics and at football as well. It was just the total package for me really."
While Byers was tempted to commit while on campus, he knew he had to take his thoughts and feelings home first. "I would have liked to commit on the visit, but I had to talk it over with my parents and everything."
Byers thought it over after this weekend's visit and let the coaches know today that he was going to commit. "Today was actually the first day of our camp," Byers explained. "I talked to my coach and my recruiting coordinator. Obviously I talked to my parents last night. Then today I called Coach Rudolph, who is my actual recruiter for this area. I called him and he was in the office and he ran down and told Coach Doeren that I was going to commit. Then I hung up on Coach Rudolph and called him and I talked to him. They said they were fired up.
"Then I called Coach B, but he was actually doing a live press conference and I was flipping through the channels and I saw that he was doing a press conference so I left a message on his phone. I will call him and try and get a hold of him tomorrow."
Byers has also been in contact with another LB from Ohio. "I actually have talked to Cameron Ontko, he is committed there," Byers said. "When he committed there, Chris Borland gave me his phone number, and I have been talking to him. I talked to him today about it, and he was pretty excited. He is a great player, so I'm excited too. We are definitely heading in the right direction."
While he didn't talk to the coaches much about playing time, they did recruit him at a certain position. "They have been recruiting me as an OLB. It is just LB right now," Byers explained. "They said a lot of kids get in there, and will change positions, but if you are a good enough athlete, they will get you on the field. They showed me who was in front of me and all of that stuff. What they do, is they basically ask you if you want to red-shirt, it's not that they have kids that they want to red-shirt."
Just like Ontko, Byers thinks that he will start to help the Badgers recruit the state of Ohio. "Chris (Borland) has some numbers of guys that he is going to give to me. I am going to try and contact them."
Byers is the 12th known commitment for the Badgers, fifth out of state commitment and the second from Ohio, joining OLB Cameron Ontko.