April 15, 2008
UW exploring new territory
Head coach Bret Bielema noted earlier this spring Wisconsin would expand its recruiting zone with running backs coach John Settle actively searching parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Settle, who had previously recruited the northeast, now faces a new challenge this spring while trying to make in-roads in his new territory.
On Monday, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with one of Settle's initial targets, Tucker Windle of Charlotte (NC) Charlotte Catholic, to gauge his interest in the Badger program.
"Yes sir, I have an offer from Wisconsin. I would say I speak with them about every week or two," said the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Windle. "My recruiting coach is John Settle. He is a really cool guy. I speak with him pretty often. He's really easy to talk to."
With an offer in hand from UW, Windle will be the first to note he lacks a great deal of knowledge regarding Wisconsin football.
"Coming from the 'semi-south' where I live, I don't really know much about the program because they are kind of a ways away," Windle explained. "I'm kind of new to the program as well as the Big Ten, but I've been doing my research and have gotten to know more about them since they offered."
While living in the heart of ACC country, it's no surprise to hear which schools sit atop Windle's list.
"Well, last Thursday I received an offer from North Carolina State and yesterday I received an offer from Virginia Tech," he said. "I haven't been in contact with any schools that haven't offered me. So, my top three would be,Virginia, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech."
With a junior day in Charlottesville already under his belt, Windle expects to make visits to Raleigh, N.C., and Winston Salem this weekend.
"I went to the University of Virginia's junior day as well as their spring game," Windle said. "I'm heading to N.C. State this Thursday to go and check them out. It's possible that some things may change in my top three after that visit. Then, I'll be making the trip to Wake Forest on Saturday to check out their spring game."
As for what position Windle will play at the next level, that's still up in the air.
"Some schools are looking at me more of a tight end or H-back, but Virginia is recruiting me specifically at linebacker," Windle said. "It really doesn't matter where I play. I'll be happy wherever the team needs me and where I'll make the most impact.
"I think what sets me apart is my strength and my size. I feel that I move pretty well for a guy that is my size, but there is always room for improvement there. No matter what, there is always going to be a guy that is faster or stronger than you. I feel I play hard and to the whistle, because you never know when you'll be able to make a play."
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