A.J. Abbott committed to Wisconsin last June, as a member of the class of 2018. The three-star Michigan native considered a number of Big Ten programs, and almost wound up a Michigan State Spartan. Ultimately, Mark Dantonio’s program was one whose recruiting efforts Abbott didn’t really appreciate.
Abbott signed his letter of intent during the early signing period back in December. He should be enrolling in Madison pretty soon, as member of the Badgers’ 20-man recruiting class. Wisconsin’s group ranked 44th in the country, and ninth in the Big Ten.
This week, he gave a pretty revealing interview to Land of 10. In it, he went into detail about why he chose the Badgers over his home-state Spartans.
A.J. Abbott also went on to call out other schools that he felt disrespected him a bit during the recruiting process, including one of his favorite schools: Ohio State.
The Buckeyes and Spartans both drew Abbott’s ire. He also called out ACC program Syracuse, which he felt strung him along a bit but did not ultimately offer.
Q: Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? Maybe they said they were going to call you back and they didn’t?
Abbott: I got plenty of those. At a young age, Ohio State, I wanted to get on them. I liked them. They didn’t call me back. They didn’t answer anything. Michigan State pissed me off a lot because they weren’t offering, they weren’t recruiting really that hard. They didn’t offer until the end. So Michigan State, Ohio State and Syracuse. Syracuse pissed me off, too. I don’t like how they were recruiting.
Even with Michigan State’s half-hearted effort, he says that the Spartans were his runner-up. It seems like MSU might have been the choice, if Dantonio and company showed more keen interest.
Q: What school came in second? What could they have done a little better?
Abbott: Michigan State. They came in second. What they could’ve done … They had some problems over there with their team and with their coaches. It was a lot of issues over there with the team, so I don’t think getting into that would have been great. But I think the coaches over at Wisconsin cared about me a little more than Michigan State. I think they had my best interest better than Michigan State coaches did.
Abbott, a West Bloomfield native, was the No. 25 player in Michigan. 247Sports ranked him No. 865 overall in the class of 2018, and No. 131 among wide receivers.