An Assist from the Past

An Assist from the Past

In the past, the Wisconsin coaching staff has used past Midwest connections to help identify targets that could help the Badgers' program. Thanks to a former UW quarterback, Wisconsin has found Columbus (Ohio) defensive end Austin Traylor as a possible fit.

MADISON - Even if a player has long since graduated from the program, the love and admiration for that school that person has rarely dies out, as that person will stay connected with the program by contributing time, money or effort.

Tony Lowery is one of those people when it comes to the University of Wisconsin but instead of donating money, he's helping recruit.

The 1987 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Lowery, a quarterback letterwinner from 1987-91, has spent his post-Badgers era coaching. Spending a year at Walnut Ridge High in Columbus (Ohio), Lowery came across Austin Traylor, a 6-4, 215-pound prospect that recorded 82 tackles and 14 sacks last year, five forced fumbles, three recoveries.

With numbers like that, Lowery sent Traylor's film to the Wisconsin coaching staff, who promptly responded with an offer.

"I hadn't been in much contact before they offered," Traylor told Badger Nation. "They saw my tape and they really liked me on film. The coaches came to my school and talked to me. He said he liked me athletically and how can I rush the passer. They said I was really high on their list and that they would love to have me."

With so many offers, Traylor admits that some schools have just blended in. With Tight End Coach Joe Rudolph having stayed in contact through calls and emails, Traylor says Wisconsin, for now, isn't one of the bunch.

"I haven't narrowed down my list yet because I want to see the campuses and see what the coaches have to offer," Traylor said. "If they have offered me and they are close, I am going to try and see them. The coaches from Colorado and Arizona understand if I can't get out there."

In addition to Wisconsin, Traylor has picked up offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and West Virginia among others.

"I am trying to take my time going through the process, trying to figure out if I want to play in the Midwest or go out West," Traylor said.

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