February 7, 2009
Budmayr excited about Appleton signing
MADISON, Wis. - Up until a little past seven in the morning on signing day, not many knew where Kraig Appleton would eventually end up. His recruitment, largely closed off to many recruiting services or media, was a journey that eventually led him to sign the dotted line to play at Wisconsin.
The signing, coupled with prior commit Jeff Duckworth's, made it two wide receiving prospects in the 2009 class.
Joining the receivers in the class was well sought after quarterback recruit Jon Budmayr, who was one of the few to keep in touch with Appleton throughout the process.
"I was talking to him (Appleton) quite a bit," Budmayr said at signing day. "He kind of closed down from everyone which is normal. I know when I was going through it towards the end there, I didn't want to talk to anybody but my family so that was perfectly understandable.
"Now, I'm just trying to get a hold of him. (I'm) very excited to have him."
Appleton will bring immediate size to the wide receiving core as he will join Kyle Jefferson and Nick Toon as some of the taller receivers on the roster.
While Appleton's chances of seeing the field early on will likely be better than Budmayr's the prospect of the two players making a connection further down the line has been exciting for many Badger fans, and Budmayr himself.
"It was very exciting," Budmayr said when he heard of Appleton's commitment. "I know it went back and forth for quite a while and I know the coaches put a lot of work and effort into getting him. To finally get him and know that he's coming here
it's very exciting."
Budmayr is rated the best quarterback in Illinois and 17th best pro-style quarterback in the nation according to Rivals.com. But early on last season, the Woodstock (Ill) native suffered a broken collarbone that sidelined him for the remainder of his senior year at Marian Catholic Central high school.
Throughout the time, UW could have backed off on his recruitment, but the coaching staff stayed true to the injured quarterback.
"Wisconsin not wavering when I got hurt definitely reassured my decision to come here back in May," Budmayr said. "Just the relationship that I was able to build with them was pretty incredible. The night of the surgery, I remember I had phone calls from coach Bret Bielema, coach Paul Chryst, coach Randall McCray, all of them just making sure everything went alright.
"That's really assuring when you have that and you know that you're coming. It helped out a lot."
As one of four recruits already attending classes, Budmayr will have the benefit of spring practice to get a jumpstart on the offense schemes. Much like Curt Phillips a season ago, Budmayr comes in as a highly regarded recruit that still needs time to develop.
A season ago, Phillips utilized his redshirt year to get comfortable with the college game, something that might very well happen with Budmayr this year, especially with him coming in behind four other quarterbacks on the Badger roster.
"Honestly it's not really my decision," Budmayr said in reference to a possible redshirt year. "If that's the way that the coaches want it, then I'll be more than happy to do it. I think it will definitely benefit doing that, but at the same time, if that decision is to play, I'll do whatever it takes."
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