Wisconsin Jumps Up Julian's List

Wisconsin Jumps Up Julian's List

Hilton Head (SC.) senior quarterback Michael Julian didn't know what to think about his Utah State offer when Gary Andersen left the Aggies for the University of Wisconsin. He does now, as Andersen extends an offer to the under-the-radar quarterback Thursday.

MADISON - After an uncertain two weeks, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has steadied the ship with the 2013 recruiting class, proving that he can hold down the ship by having no one de-commit since he stepped on campus. Now the Badgers first-year coach is starting to target additional talent.

Spending five days with the team in California evaluating talent, Andersen evidentially thinks Wisconsin's 2013 class needs a quarterback, which was why he extended Hilton Head (SC.) senior quarterback Michael Julian an offer Thursday morning.

The news wasn't too surprising for Julian, as Andersen offered the 6-5, 190-pound quarterback one of his 13-plus scholarship offers when Andersen was at Utah State.

"We built a good relationship," Julian told Badger Nation. "He left for Wisconsin, so we kind of stayed in touch. (Andersen) said they want me to come up on a visit and he really likes me. He has watched my film multiple times and is just trying to get someone to come down here to talk me. I think his offensive coordinator is trying to come down and talk to me. I want to build a relationship with him as well. He just said he had been impressed from my film again and was going to offer me."

Rated a two-star recruit and the No.116 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, Julian is stuck deep in SEC territory, but has grown an appreciation for the way Wisconsin plays on offense thanks to the Big Ten Network.

"They are great and they have the best running back in the country with Montee Ball," said Julian. "They are a great program, great tradition, winning tradition and I mean everything about them is just great."

Narrowing his offer list of potential schools to six – Boston College, Illinois, Marshall, North Carolina State, Toledo and Utah State – a few weeks ago, Julian, just like many Wisconsin recruits reacting to Bret Bielema's departure, was surprised when Andersen left.

"I didn't know if that was going to be a good thing or bad thing (when Andersen left for Wisconsin) and I didn't know if he was going to look at me as a quarterback for Wisconsin," said Julian. "When I talked to a lot of the (Utah State) players, I kind of felt bad for them because I knew how his players really liked him with him being such a good coach and person. All his players liked him, but he left, so it left them all heartbroken. I didn't know if it was going to be a good thing or bad thing, but I guess it turned out to be a good thing now."

With Andersen now set at Wisconsin, the Badgers have jumped up high on his list of potential options.

"I talk to Coach ‘A' a lot on the phone," said Julian. "When I went on my official visit to Utah State, I sat down in his office and talked to him. We talked about school, family and all that stuff. He actually took me back to his house, we watched football and I met his family. We just hung out and had a good time. (Wisconsin) got a really good coach and he is all about the players."

Julian has officials schedule to Toledo (January 11), Boston College (January 18) and Marshall (January 25). With one official still available to him, Julian will head to Wisconsin, likely cancelling his visit to Marshall.

"They way it is looking up, visiting the weekend of the 25th is probably what will be happening," he said. "I already know how Coach A is, but I want to see how the whole campus is like and the people around there. That is a big thing for me is the people. Not only the whole program and all that, but the people I met. I don't want to go to a place where they're crappy. If I met some nice people and all that, then maybe it will work out that way."

Finishing his senior season with over 2,100 yards passing and 21 touchdown passes and running for over 800 yards and 10 touchdowns, Julian is a departure from the normal pro-style quarterbacks Wisconsin has recruited in the past. Ask those close to him, Julian is a lot like 2011 quarterback Russell Wilson, only six inches taller.

"I am a spread quarterback that can throw it and run it," Julian said. "I can go under center and do the I formation and all that. It doesn't matter. Whatever the coach wants me to do, I will do it. We did a whole lot of spread and throwing it around. We had zone reads and stuff like that. It was very similar to what Oregon does. I could fit into that pro style type of offense Wisconsin runs too. Like I said, I can do whatever the coaches ask and if I have to go under and hand off the ball, then I can do that."

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