It didn't matter that Kyshoen Jarrett knew next to nothing about Wisconsin. All that matter was that assistant head coach Greg Jackson, an East Coast guy with a Super Bowl ring, showed up to East Stroudsburg Senior (PA) High to meet and talk with him, Jarrett felt a bond start to grow.
"I felt a connection and respected him a lot when he came through," Jarrett told Badger Nation. "He's a honest guy and he's really on what he believes in. He wasn't all about football and we talked about things away from the game, which meant a lot."
As a junior, Jarrett (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) had 43 tackles, 12 pass break-ups, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. On offense he had 53 carries for 556 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 20 receptions for 300 yards.
Combine those numbers and how he plays the game with the way Wisconsin's program operates, Jarrett felt he owed it to himself to take a closer look at the Badgers.
"They had a great year last year and I just like that they are a running team," Jarrett said. "I really don't know too much about them till they visited me, which made me want to still evaluate them. That's why they are in my top 10 so I can look into them more before I make my next cut."
In addition to Wisconsin, Jarrett's narrowed his 20-plus offer list to a top nine on July 6: Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Stanford and Virginia. Jarrett estimates that his next cut will be in the middle of August before the start of his senior season.
"It's going to be pretty tough (to narrow it down more), but it's nothing I can't deal with," Jarrett said. "I cut it so early so when I want to cut it down more in a couple of week, I am prepared. It's suppose to make the decision easier, but right now it's pretty hard."
The big thing on Jarrett's list is the five Big Ten schools. When it comes to the conference, it screams defense to the four-star cornerback.
"They play real good football in the Big Ten in addition to defense and you can't go wrong playing in that conference with all the competition they have, especially with Nebraska coming in," said Jarrett, rated the 15th-best corner in the country by Scout.com.
"I just want to give everybody the chance in my evaluation so when I make my decision, I am doing it for myself and that I am not going to regret where I go for the next four years of my life. That's why those schools are in my top."
Jarrett tentatively plans to make his decision during the season but added that his plans can vary to a decision either before or after the season. The main thing is that Jarrett wants to keep showing college coaches that he hasn't scratched the surface of his potential.
"I don't think most schools know that I have only been playing corner since my freshman year," said Jarrett when asked to describe himself as a player. "My first DB coach was a mentor today and produced me into the DB I am today. I believe I have a great jab at the line of scrimmage, which makes it hard to get beat unless you are over aggressive.
"I learned how not to be over aggressive, learn how to come up to tackle and not be afraid to make the open-field tackle. If you miss it, you've got to have a short mind because you can redeem yourself on the next play. I think people respect me for my play and my attitude."