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Badgers football focusing on in-state recruits

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Madison West junior Terrell Carey is drawing interest from programs around the country including Purdue and Wyoming, but it was a recent visit to Wisconsin that had him smiling.

"It's a real nice feeling knowing that you're right down the street. You have the UW talk to you, knowing that you're just so close to coaching staff."

Carey isn't the only local player on the Badgers' radar. Madison Memorial's Jake Ferguson, the grandson of Barry Alvarez, is also among those receiving interest. Paul Chryst's new staff is making sure no stone is left unturned in the state.

Evan Flood, a Badgers recruiting analyst at, says he's noticed the Badgers targeting more of the fringe prospects than the past couple years.

"I have noticed that Paul is a loyal guy to the guys in-state. The guy knows about the track record that these guys have produced year in and year out. I think he is willing to take some chances on guys that maybe aren't as heavily recruited or have the highest of rankings, but he knows what these types of players have done for the program."

  Some high school coaches complained that Gary Andersen had a hands-off approach to the state. Even former Badgers players, such as Carey's Madison West coach J.C. Dawkins, felt the cold shoulder.

"Players that had played there felt almost shut out a little bit like we weren't welcome around the facility, but with Coach Chryst being back, he's welcomed us with open arms."

Chryst has made it a point to reconnect with the players of the past and rebuild the relationships with high school coaches around the state. He wants to make sure the next homegrown star stays home in the state of Wisconsin.

"Our job is we want to be the best team we can be here at Wisconsin and for us to be the best team, we need to have the best players in Wisconsin coming here."

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