Late last week, Wisconsin added one more piece to its 2013 recruiting class in kicker Andrew Endicott from Sacramento (Jesuit), Calif. Endicott will enroll at Wisconsin on June 15 and presumably challenge Kyle French and Jack Russell for kicking duties.
Endicott previously committed to Nevada as a preferred walk-on earlier this year, thanks to the recruiting of Wisconsin's first-year special teams coordinator, Jeff Genyk. After being forced out from Cal at the end of the Jeff Tedford tenure, Genyk was hired by Nevada. But after Jay Boulware lasted about two months after a few couple of months as Wisconsin's tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, Genyk pulled a similar move in jumping to Madison.
Shortly thereafter, Endicott reached out to see if he could do the same. His mid-April visit was impressive enough to set the wheels in motion, and with some family also in Chicago and Wisconsin, Endicott felt UW was a natural fit.
"I initially had committed to the University of Nevada-Reno as a preferred walk-on, but I couldn't turn down my dream to play Big Ten football for Wisconsin, which has been one of my favorite schools since I can remember," said Endicott, who carried 3.8 GPA with a 29 ACT. "Being from California it was cold, but it was a nice little introduction to the winters to come."
"But more seriously, it was such an awesome visit. The brand new facilities are the best I've seen. You just can't beat Camp Randall Stadium. The locker room that opened in December is amazing. The brand new weight room that just opened a few weeks ago has got to be the nicest one I've seen. The campus is gorgeous with the two lakes surrounding it. The city of Madison is awesome, too, because it had the feeling of a small Midwest town that I love, but it's still a big city."
In addition to Wisconsin and Nevada, Endicott also generated strong interest from San Diego and Notre Dame. He's the first recruit Genyk has landed for UW.