Junior Days Underway

Recruiting never ends for the Wisconsin coaching staff, which has already begun welcoming groups of junior prospects to its campus.

Instead of having one large "junior day," bringing in a ton of top prospects together to kick off the 2004 recruiting class, the Wisconsin coaching staff plans to take things more slowly this spring.

The Badgers are giving recruits more individual attention, bringing in prospects separately in smaller groups instead of one conglomerate of athletes. With just a handful of kids visiting at one time, the coaching staff can give each player individual attention.

Wisconsin has tried to line up the first few visit dates with home basketball games, beginning with last Saturday's Indiana game. A handful of in-state prospects will be on hand this Wednesday with Michigan coming to town.

The first group consisted of three athletes – 6-2, 165-pound tailback Jamil Walker of Fremd High School in Palatine, Ill., 6-7, 210-pound quarterback Sean Lewis of Oak Lawn Richards and Eric Andino, a 6-4, 225-pound linebacker from Buffalo Grove in Arlington Heights.

Lewis, who is also being recruited as a power forward in basketball, is a star quarterback that is just 12 yards shy of being the all-time leading passer at a high school rich in tradition. He has thrown for 2,178 yards, completing 134-of-247 passes (54 percent) on his career.

Andino was named to the National Combine at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, rewarded for a 117 tackle, 12 sack junior season which included All-State honors.

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