April 14, 2008

Badger interest in Box has tapered off

It's not often that you will see the University of Wisconsin reaching to the heart of Georgia to recruit football players. Don't be surprised, though, as Bret Bielema has proven that he will go anywhere to land a player of interest.

Sunday night, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with Michael Box, a dual-threat quarterback from Suwanee (GA) Collins Hill to discuss his recruitment and the Badger program.

"Well, I don't have any offers, but I have a few schools looking at me," said the 6-foot-4, 195-pound 2009 prospect. "Connecticut, South Carolina, South Florida, Central Florida, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State. Those are the main schools that I've been in contact with."

One school noticeably missing from his list is Wisconsin. Are the Badgers still actively recruiting the Peach State star?

"I've spoke with Coach >(Paul) Chryst in the past, but I haven't been able to reach him in quite some time," he said. "The last time I spoke with him was probably almost a year ago. He sent down the recruiter from my area. He stopped by the school to see how I was doing, but I haven't spoken with Coach Chryst in awhile.

"He was a great guy; I got along with him real well … that's when we talked. I was actually very interested in Wisconsin, they just seemed to fall off a little bit. I really like Wisconsin a lot, it's just that I don't hear from them anymore. I get a letter here and there, but that's about it."

As for the other schools in his recruitment, Box recently took in the junior day festivities in Orlando while touring the campus of Central Florida.

"I attended Central Florida's junior day which was last Saturday. I liked it, I enjoyed it, it was a real nice little visit," Box said. "I had never been down there before, so it was nice to see the campus and meet new people, the coaches and what not."

Box expects to make a few more visits in the coming weeks, one of which will be in Blacksburg for the Hokies' spring game.

"I plan on going to see North Carolina State and Virginia Tech next week. I'll actually be attending Virginia Tech's spring game while I'm on the visit."

Listed as a dual-threat quarterback, Box admits that he feels a little more comfortable delivering a pass from the pocket.

"I consider myself as someone who likes to sit in the pocket, but can make a play on his feet if he needs to," he said. "I have some wheels, I have enough to make some people miss, but I'm not going to go out there and make everyone miss.

"I feel I have a good demeanor on the field. I stay calm and control the game, slow everything down, read the defense and making the plays when I have to. I'm really working on being a student of the game and focusing on my mechanics."

It should be mentioned Box first stepped on to the gridiron a freshman in high school and attributes his learning curve to hard work and dedication.

"I started playing this game my freshman year. I feel I'm a very dedicated person and go 100 percent at everything I do," Box explained. "So, whenever I set my mind to something I make sure I go out and do it. I've worked real hard and pick up on all the little things. I've learn from everyone who has advice, if they have anything to say I soak it up.

"I have a really great coach at Duluth High School, he really taught me a lot, and he kind of took me under his wing. Everyone has been really helpful and supportive to me. It seems that everyday I've been getting just a little bit better."

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