Wisconsin Badgers recruiting coordinator Mike Leach has a good thing going.
The Badgers have won a national title and a Big Ten championship, but they’ve also made the playoffs just twice in the past three years.
This year, Leach is hoping to add another championship to his résumé.
“I’m going to be out here for the next couple of weeks to recruit some guys and make some good recruiting decisions,” Leach said on Friday at the Big Ten Media Days.
“And then we’ll see what happens.”
Leach spent the offseason working with Wisconsin’s football coaches, including Wisconsin defensive coordinator Matt Viator, as well as the Badgers’ strength and conditioning coach, Chris Ricks, who also served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Miami.
“We’re going to go to the beach and we’re going watch some fishing and see what we can find,” Leacher said.
“Then we’ll figure out where to get some good fishing rods and make a few fish, and I’m not going to lie, that’s a big commitment.”
Wisconsin had the nation’s sixth-best recruiting class entering the 2017 season.
The 2016 class was one of the nations top classes, led by star running back Jalen Hurts, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team.
Leach will have to add some depth to the Badger recruiting class if he wants to make a big splash.
“You’re not going out there and making big-time recruiting decisions if you’re not prepared for it,” Leaching said.
“[The recruiting] has been a lot more challenging this year, but we’re ready to get into the next phase of it.”
Leacher is expecting a lot of high-level recruits to come to the Big 12, and he wants his recruits to be prepared.
“They’ve been great to me,” Leaches said.
Leaches, who has been with the Badgs since 2013, said he wants the Big Twelve to be the “home for recruiting” in college football.
“If you don’t have the ability to do that, then you can’t make the jump to the next level,” Leachers said.
This will be Leach’s second time coaching at the school, and his first in the SEC.
“I’m not a big college football guy.
I like to watch football.
I’ve been a fan of college football since I was a kid,” Leakes said.
But he said that when he was hired at Wisconsin, he didn’t think it would take much to land the first football player in the Big 10.
“The talent level, I didn’t even know there was an elite class of athletes in the state of Wisconsin, let alone the Big Blue conference,” Leakers said.
Wisconsin is in need of a quarterback, and Leach feels he can get a good one.
“It’s a great recruiting class.
They have some great talent on the recruiting trail,” Leasers said.
Leakers has been on a recruiting blitz since January.
Wisconsin’s first class of recruits was signed in early February, and the program is in the midst of the second class of recruiting commitments.
“This is going to make it easier for us to get to our targets,” Leases said.
With the new class of players, Leakers has recruited in a number of different ways.
Leavers has visited with the likes of Michigan quarterback Joe Ellison, Texas defensive end Jarrad Davis, and Texas defensive tackle Jordan Richards.
“These are guys I really believe in,” Leaks said.
The recruiting blitz is just beginning, though.
Wisconsin will begin its recruiting process in early January, and that will likely be the first class to be signed.
Leakers is expecting some of his top prospects to be on campus during the new school year.
Leaks plans to give his recruits a look in person and to watch some film of the schools recruiting classes during the off-season.
“Once we get them into the building and see them go through a physical, we’ll go through it and see if they’re good enough to get signed by Wisconsin,” Leask said.