May 7, 2009

Back on the East Coast

As touched on earlier in week, it's apparent the University of Wisconsin is slowly going back to its roots in the Northeast, recruiting states such as New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

The Northeast, which provided a wealth of talent for Wisconsin during the Barry Alvarez era, is still loaded with prospects, and Bret Bielema has begun to shift his focus back to the East Coast.

Wednesday night, caught up with Joseph Brennan of Cherry Hill (N.J.) Camden Catholic to discuss his interest in the Wisconsin program.

"Coach (Paul) Chryst came to my school to take a look at my film," stated the 6-foot-4, 178-pound pro-style quarterback. "He really liked what he saw. Coach Chryst actually ended up offering by the time he left the school. He seems like a great man; seems to have great character."

With a handful of offers already on the table, it looks as though Brennan will see a few more coming his way in the following weeks.

"Pitt, Rutgers, Stanford, Temple and Wisconsin are currently my five offers," he said. "Tennessee, Miami and Duke have been showing really strong interest. I have a feeling they may offer."

Although early in the process, one spring visit stands out in the mind of Brennan.

"I've been able to visit Rutgers," he explained. "I was able to speak with Coach (Greg) Schiano and Coach (Kirk) Ciarrocca. The new facilities were nice. I really liked the weight room.

"I'm definitely interested in coming out to Madison to check out Wisconsin," Brennan continued. "Right now, I'm looking things over and trying to plan out some visits. I'm definitely interested. Once we get the money we are definitely heading out there."

Another school that can expect a visit from the New Jersey standout is Stanford. Head coach Jim Harbaugh should see Brennan in Palo Alto for summer camp.

"I'm actually going out to Stanford for a camp," he said. "I've already planned that one. Since it's so far away I thought I'd go to camp to get the full experience. I'm excited to see the campus."

As a junior, Brennan threw for 2,438 yards and 25 touchdowns.

He currently joins quarterbacks Jonny Miller, Luke Massa, Andrew Hendrix, A.J. Derby and Stephen Kaiser (verbal offer) as known uncommitted 2010 prospects with an offer from Wisconsin.

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