VIDEO: Badgers' Gary Andersen on adding players from SEC country

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Gary Andersen's first full recruiting class at Wisconsin ranks 33rd nationally and fifth in the Big Ten in the 247 Sports composite -- not bad for a program with little in-state recruiting base that finished last in the conference two years ago.

Some of that success comes from the Badgers expanding their traditional recruiting footprint to the Southeast, and bringing players like Georgia wideout Krenwick Sanders, Georgia defensive tackle Jeremy Patterson and South Carolina running back Caleb Kinlaw back to Madison.

"It was important for us to reach out and get involved in those areas," Andersen said, saying his assistants did a "tremendous job" in securing those players' commitments and that those three players were "tremendous young men" in forgoing the "many opportunities" they had to sign with schools closer to home.

Andersen said Pattrson is a "big, strong, physical nose guard" and Kinlaw is a "game-changer with his speed, size and ability" -- and if they succeed in the Big Ten, it's a good bet they won't be the last Badger recruits to make their way north.

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