Junior Ramesh plans first college visit

It is not a surprise Eagle River (Wis.) Northland Pines junior athlete Austin Ramesh is a Wisconsin fan. The Wisconsin native has been watching the Badgers since he was a child.

So it was only fitting that the first college football game he was invited to was for the Badgers’ Nov. 5 game against Purdue.

“It’ll be my first game in general, and my first visit as a recruit,” Ramesh said. “I was pretty surprised when I got the invitation.”

Ramesh, who hasn’t received an offer yet, hopes the invitation is a sign the Badgers are starting to take more of an interest in him. Ramesh rushed for more than 2,200 yards this year, but 6-foot-2, 215-pounder could play anywhere from running back to tight end to linebacker in college.

During the summer, Ramesh went to the Badgers’ camp, but he doesn’t believe the coaches gave him much of a look. He felt he did a good job, but believes his junior film will start catching some coaches’ eyes. In fact, Ramesh spoke with Michigan State recruiting coordinator Brad Salem last week, his first time talking with a college coach over the phone.

“He had seen my highlight film, and said I looked good,” Ramesh said. “He asked me what position I was thinking about playing, stuff like that.”

Ramesh has received a lot of mail from Wisconsin, and Nebraska, Hawaii, Illinois and Oregon have all sent mail periodically. He said he is most interested in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan State, but he isn’t going to be picky.

“I like any college, it doesn’t matter to me.”