Recruiting the state hard for his new employer, one of Beatty's many offers he's extended went to Midlothian (VA) Cosby outside linebacker Tyler Powell, a multi-sport athlete in high school participating in track, wrestling and football. Powell knows what sport his heart is at and his recruitment is starting to show it.
"My recruitment is really starting to pick up and is getting kind of crazy," Powell told Badger Nation. "I got offers from Wisconsin and Marshall (Friday), Purdue offered (Thursday) and the day before that Bucknell offered. Things are starting to get wild now, but it is all fun. I enjoy getting the opportunity to learn about all these schools."
This tough, physical linebacker at 6-4, 250-pounds holds additional offers from Cincinnati, James Madison, Hampton, Old Dominion Temple and William & Mary. He talks about the surprise it was to hear the Badgers wanted to offer.
"I was told to give Coach Beatty a call and I really haven't talked from anyone at Wisconsin before, but I called him and he asked me if I was interested in being a Badger," said Powell. "I told him that I was and then he said they were going to offer me. It is really exciting getting that offer. Wisconsin is a big time program in a big time conference, so that was really exciting.
"This was the first time I talked with Coach Beatty or anyone from Wisconsin, so I was kind of in a big surprise. He seems like a very cool guy and look forward to getting to know him."
While Powell is seeing a steady increase of recruiting attention from more schools, he still isn't ready to label anybody as favorites because he would like to get out to see what some of these schools have to offer.
"I really don't have a favorite at this point," said Powell. "I still want to get out to Wisconsin and Purdue to really check out what these schools have to offer. I am just trying to keep all my options open. Me and my parents are waiting to decide where to visit and what camps to go to until after the spring evaluation period ends. A lot of schools are starting to come by, so I want to what every ones level of interest is."
Coaches usually will rave about the size or strength of a player when evaluating them, but Powell looks at himself more as a complete player.
"From what everyone tells me is that I definitely have some of the best skills they have ever seen," said Powell. "The other thing has to be the physicality that I play with because a lot of defensive linemen, even though they do play line, don't want to be physical. I enjoy contact and I enjoy making plays. Coaches also love my motor and how fast I play. You will always see me flying around."