Plenty Left in the Tank

Having gone to camps for the better part of the summer, Kenosha Bradford cornerback Trae Waynes can finally sit back, relax and smile. After picking up an offer from Wisconsin Tuesday, Waynes knows he has earned a much needed break.

MADISON - Traveling to six one-day to three-day camps already this summer, Trae Waynes admitted that he came to Wisconsin's one-day camp Monday tired.

His performance looked nothing like it.

The speedy Kenosha Bradford cornerback impressed the coaching staff by running a 4.41 40-yard dash, prompting Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema to ask Waynes and his family to return to campus Tuesday. After a lengthy meeting, Waynes was the benefactor of his eighth scholarship offer.

"It was really good talking to Coach," Waynes told Badger Nation. "Coach Bielema talked to us (his family) up in his office. We talked about a whole bunch of things like academics to finding my place to go to school and what it would mean to come to UW-Madison. It was a really good time and I really enjoyed myself. My family really likes (UW) and likes the coaches a lot."

The offer capped a big day for the Kenosha Bradford family, as the Wisconsin staff also offered Waynes' teammate Vonte Jackson, a speedy 2012 running back that nearly matched Waynes with a 4.42 40-yard dash.

The offer from Wisconsin adds impressive camp offers for Waynes (5-foot-11, 160 pounds) from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Illinois, Iowa State and Michigan State to his early offers from North Dakota and North Dakota State.

"I am trying to stay level headed," Waynes said. "Coach Bielema said that now that they offered, more schools are going to come."

More offers are warranted, seeing as Waynes has changed from a pure speed cornerback to an athlete that combines his speed with good hip movement. Having worked to try to improve his hip movement in drills with his dad and fellow Bradford teammate Melvin Gordon this summer, Waynes was able to demonstrate in drills with Secondary Coach Chris Ash that he has started to turn a corner.

"I feel like I am a physical player, but that's sometimes my weakness, as well," Waynes said. "The coaches said they really liked my hips a lot. I was glad to hear that because people have been saying that has been another weak point. I was kind of nervous with how I would do because I was tired (from all the camps). When I got there, I think I did pretty well and they obviously saw what they liked, which was a good thing."

Waynes did not make the trip alone Monday, heading to camp with teammate and friend Gino DeBartolo. Although DeBartolo measures in as a 6-foot-2, 205-pound quarterback, the Wisconsin coaching staff tried DeBartolo at safety, a move that proved somewhat successful from Waynes' vantage point.

"I think he worked out really good," Waynes said. "He was supposed to go to some other camps with me, but he got sick. I think he's in a good position because he did pretty good playing safety at his first camp. For learning a new position, I think he could be a pretty good player."

Finally coming to the end of his long camp adventure, Waynes' immediate plans are to relax and simply workout with his dad and Gordon. Waynes still wants to make his decision in the next 90 days, but admits that his decision just got a lot challenging.

"The Wisconsin offer does make my decision harder," Waynes said. "I have a lot more interest in Wisconsin now than I did before. I just want to find where I am most comfortable at. I could play at any of these schools, but I can't even choose. It's going to be hard."


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