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MADISON - Wisconsin has found another tailback to carry on the school’s rich tradition.
Four days after hosting him on an official visit, Goose Creek (SC) High running back, and Georgia Tech commit, Caleb Kinlaw has flipped his choice to the Badgers.
The news was reported by Fox Sports’ Derek Young.
Kinlaw is the 19th commit in Wisconsin’s 2014 recruiting class and the second tailback, joining three-star Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic tailback Taiwan Deal.
Although committed to Georgia Tech, running back coach Thomas Hammock watched Kinlaw during Wisconsin’s bye week, becoming impressed with the 5-10, 180-pound tailback's quickness, speed and ability, offering him a scholarship.
Kinlaw, a three-star recruit ranked the No.89 tailback in the country by Fox Sports Next, is familiar with the Big Ten (his older brother, Rodney Kinlaw, went to Penn State) and told WCBD-TV in Charleston, S.C., that Wisconsin’s academics and football program were the main reasons for the change.
“Georgia Tech was good academically but Wisconsin is known as a running back university,” said Kinlaw. "In the past 20 years they've had a running back rush for 1,000+ yards every year except one … I'd be getting about 20 carries or so a game, which is more than I get now.
"The program is very family oriented and Coach Andersen puts his players first. I'll be getting an education of great value and not far behind GT in the engineering department. Everything about that place is pretty calm and hospitable."
Although missing the past two games with an injury, Kinlaw has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 19 touchdowns during his senior season.
Kinlaw committed to Georgia Tech in July over other offers from Arizona, Clemson, Kansas State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, among others.
His cousin is Joe Hamilton, the star quarterback for Georgia Tech who finished as the Heisman runner-up in 1999. Hamilton works for Georgia Tech as recruiting assistant.