MADISON - As Wisconsin mounted a drive that sent the game into overtime last weekend against Ohio State, Brookfield East senior wide receiver Brian Smith became in awe of the support raining down on the field.
"It was real cool," Smith told Badger Nation. "All the people up there are real nice and I love it up there, but I wish the outcome of the game was a little different. It is just an awesome environment. I haven't been all around the country, but it is for certain that there is no atmosphere like Camp Randall. It is just amazing.
"I would rate the visit to Wisconsin an 8. The only reason I would give it an 8 is because they lost the game. If they win that game it would have been a 20 from a scale of 1 to 10. The only reason was not winning the game."
The 6-4, 195-pound receiver is still looking to garner a full scholarship offer from the Badgers, but still has a spot on the team if he so chooses to accept a preferred walk-on.
"Coach Azzanni talked to me and Coach Strickland," said Smith. "I haven't heard anything about a scholarship offer or even about me taking me official visit up there in the near future. Wisconsin is the only visit plan I have so far."
The under-the-radar prospect does feel that a few schools are standing out to him – Minnesota and Northern Illinois - and sees a lot of positives in each of the programs.
"I went down to Northern Illinois earlier in the season and they are having a very good season," said Smith. "They are 10-1 and going to the MAC championship game, so that is a pretty awesome thing. With Minnesota, you can see that everything is new up there and is a program in the process.
"The tradition at Madison is just so strong with Camp Randall and all of the things along the line of that. It is just amazing and those schools are probably the top ones I am looking at right now."
Having no idea when his final decision will come, Smith is hoping to make a decision around the first of January.
"I think by that time I should know where I am going," said Smith. "Most kids just try to find somewhere that they can fit in, somewhere that you can contribute to the team and stuff like that. All coaching staffs from all the teams that I am talking too are just all awesome and I got nothing bad to say about them. They are great guys and I love them to death. They feel like the coach I already had and they treat me well."