Badgers creative with national recruits

Since he was hired by Wisconsin, coach Gary Andersen has landed nine commitments from California and Texas prospects. The three years prior to his hiring, the Badgers had landed just one recruit from those two states.

Andersen undoubtedly recognizes that the in-state and Midwest recruits are priority No. 1 for Wisconsin, but he also realizes there is an opportunity for his staff to cast a wider net.

"Our first year, we weren't really in Texas, but we realized after Year 1 that we should be. We had an extra coach on the West Coast, and so we moved [safeties coach] Bill Busch from the West Coast into Texas and Florida because we thought we needed to upgrade ourselves by numbers," Andersen said. "The bottom line is that we have a brand that we believe can be accepted at a very high level at any school in the country, and because of that we want to make sure we get ourselves into as many schools that have the caliber of athlete and students we're looking for."