After running through a wave of commitments over the past week, the Duke coaches are still working…
James Solid on Wisconsin
The slew of visitors to Madison hasn't slowed down over the past few weeks for the Wisconsin coaching staff. The latest prospect on campus was Wisconsin commit, Fort Lauderdale (FL) Westminster Academy senior wide receiver, Andrew James. "The trip was great," James told BadgerNation. "The staff was very welcoming and made me feel at home. Sunday I had the opportunity to eat authentic Wisconsin food, Mickies and the Old Fashioned. I also walked down State Street and really got the feel of the college town environment. Monday was basically a tour of the facilities as well as campus." Although Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen was on vacation, James got to have lengthy conversations with wide receiver coach Chris Beatty and offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. "Coach Ludwig said that the offense will be molded to the skill set of the players in the offense," said James. "Coach Beatty told me that he doesn't recruit players to redshirt, so he is looking for me to come and make an instant impact and touched up on the player-friendly staff that is there to look after the players, as opposed to a business-run program. They said how excited they are to get up next year." The speedy 5-11, 165-pound wide out really had tons of great moments during his time in Wisconsin, but spending time with Beatty outshined the rest. "My favorite part was definitely being able to spend time with Coach Beatty," said James. "He is a great guy. He is not only my recruiter, but it is fortunate that he is my position coach as well. The most comfortable I feel the easier it'll be to perform." Since committing to Wisconsin in early May, other schools have still been actively pursuing James, as he holds offers from Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Bryant, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Fordham, South Florida, Temple and Tulane, as well as receiving high interest from a number of power five schools. Despite the attention he has received since committing, no school has got close to the Badgers and his commitment. "I visited a good deal of the schools on that list," said James. "Nothing compared to Wisconsin and I am solid to Wisconsin. I will camp but not from a recruiting perspective. I just want to get better this offseason and competing at camps will stimulate that. I'm looking forward to competing in front of the best fans in the world in the years to come at Wisconsin."
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