McAdams has a UW Walk-On Option

When a program has a great wide receiver, a great quarterback isn't far behind. When people think of Madison East H.S., two-sport athlete and UW verbal commit Marquis Mason comes to mind. If he accepts a preferred walk-on offer, Badger fans will start taking notice of two-sport athlete Drew McAdams, as well.

MADISON - Most high school athletes will play a sport for a college which is either in their home state or one of the states surrounding it. Many players will want to stay relatively close to home so their family and friends are able to watch their games and see them play at the next level.

For Drew McAdams, a quarterback from Madison East High School, the recruiting process has been a little slow. However, with his senior season complete, McAdams now has interest from a couple of schools in the Midwest.

"I am getting interested from Wisconsin, who has extended a walk-on opportunity," McAdams told Badger Nation Wednesday. "Also, Illinois State has me going down for an official visit in January, and they said they have an offer for me."

Since the Badgers are in the same city in which McAdams attends high school, he has been able to get a good feel for what the University of Wisconsin has to offer.

"It's a great college town and it would be a great place to play," McAdams said. "Basically it is just a dream come true to play for the Badgers."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound quarterback's team struggled during his senior season with a 2-7 record. Despite the struggles, McAdams had a solid season at quarterback for the Purgolders.

McAdams completed nearly 54 percent of his passes for 2570 yards and 27 touchdowns, while throwing 17 interceptions. He was also able to scramble for 661 yards and 8 touchdowns.

"My strengths are my ability to make plays with my feet and see the whole field," McAdams said. "My weakness is seeing check downs in the passing progression."

With that scrambling ability both schools have offered McAdams an opportunity to play as an athlete, giving him the opportunity to not only try quarterback, but also play other positions.

One of the reasons for McAdams's success throwing the ball down the field as a senior was his teammate and current Badger commit wide receiver Marquis Mason. Mason told McAdams how he feels about the opportunity McAdams has.

"He is just excited that I have the opportunity to play with him again eventually," McAdams said.

Even though the Badgers are his home town school, McAdams isn't naming any favorites.

"I am basically open right now to both of them," McAdams explained. "I just have to sit down and talk to my family, and see like where we are headed and what we want to do about like money and stuff."

While he doesn't name a favorite he does know what he is looking for in his final destination.

"I'm looking for a place where athletics are a big deal to the school itself, where the people I'm surrounded with are good people, and everything is a good environment so I can get my education."

McAdams is also unsure of when he will make a decision about the scholarship offer from Illinois State, and the walk-on offer from the Badgers, but it will most likely come after his visit to Illinois State.

"Somewhere in the next few months," McAdams said.

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