The conversations between Detroit King athlete Jalen Embry and the Wisconsin coaching staff have been going on for months, but the Badgers waited until the first day of August to make the move on an offer.
Wisconsin assistant Jeff Genyk spoke with King coaches on Thursday and informed them of the offer. Embry had not had a chance to follow up on the phone with the staff, but has been communicating with them through the summer and had a strong reaction to Thursday's offer.
"It brightened my day up," Embry said. "I haven't talked to the coaches in a minute, but we have been sending messages. The coaches love me, the chemistry is very well with the head coach and the assistant coaches."
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The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Embry is ranked as the No. 40 athlete prospect in the country because he can play multiple positions. Wisconsin sees him fitting their scheme in several spots as well.
"They are actually recruiting me to be a safety and receiver," Embry said. "I tell the head coaches, wherever they need me to fill in spots, I am ready for it."
The Wisconsin offer comes at a time when Embry is starting to plan his fall visits, and a trip to Madison is now a priority for him.
"I am going to go down to a game in the fall and also take an official visit," Embry said. "I have the schedule, so I am just trying to find the right game to go to."
Embry said he also expects to schedule game visits with Cincinnati, Iowa, Northern Illinois and Toledo. A final decision could come soon after his initial college game day visits.
"I'd say in October or after that," Embry said.
The offer from Wisconsin now gives Embry a total of ten in the recruiting process. Other schools that have offered include Cincinnati, Illinois, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan.