One of Wisconsin's highest rated commitments in the 2013 class is Brookfield (Wisc.) Central defensive end Chikwe Obasih. Since reports surfaced earlier this week that the Badger's were bringing in Gary Andersen from Utah State to fill their head job, Obasih has been learning about the coach.
"I don't know too much, but I have just heard great things about him," Obasih said. "One of my high school coaches knows that he is a really great guy and another coach I talked to said he is straightforward, no-nonsense type of guy who cares about his players."
Like most of Wisconsin's commits, Obasih has been anxiously awaiting news of a hire and is pleased that part of the process is over.
"Now that they actually have someone in place there is a certain level of relief," Obasih said. "Wondering who it is going to be, that part is finally over. Just getting to know him is the only thing left."
One of the first questions Obasih had in the immediate aftermath of Bret Bielema's departure for Arkansas was the plans of his assistant coaches. Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge played a key role in his initial recruitment with the Badgers but has since joined Bielema's staff in Fayetteville.
"That was a hard time when I found out he left, but I am still waiting it out until I talk to Coach Andersen," Obasih said. "Coach [Ben] Strickland is still there. He recruited me hard and I admire him a lot."
Other schools have contacted Obasih since Beilema's departure was announced, but the four-star prospect does not plan to make any moves until he has a chance to familiarize himself with Andersen.
"I am still sitting back and waiting until I talk to Coach Andersen," Obasih said. "I remember hearing that he is a defensive coach, but I don't know what defensive scheme he plans to run. That will obviously be one of the things I talk to him about and discuss where I will fit into their system."
The 6-foot-3, 231-pound Obasih took his official visit to Wisconsin two weekends ago with many of his fellow commitments in the 2013 class.