June 16, 2009
One offer extended Tuesday night
Produce a blazing 40-yard dash time on the field turf at Camp Randall, leave with a scholarship offer from the Wisconsin coach staff.
That was the case for 2010 outside linebacker Cameron Ontko, who torched the surface with a laser timed 4.43 second 40, the fastest in the last three years of Badger high school camps.
"Coach (Bret) Bielema said that was the fastest time they have had at camp in the last three years," Ontko told BadgerBlitz.com moments ago. "Camp went really well, I ran a 4.43 in the 40 and a 4.03 shuttle time. Coach (Dave) Doeren, I thought he was great and really easy to understand. Coach Bielema, I feel very comfortable with him and at the end of camp, they ended up offering me."
Ontko is believed to be the only participant in the three-day camp that left with an offer Tuesday night.
"I'm not sure about other offers, but I know I was the only one asked to have a meeting with Coach Bielema after practice," Ontko said.
This was not the first time Ontko has been to Madison, and the 6-foot, 211-pound prospect anticipated an offer would come during camp.
"Yeah, I did anticipated it coming because I was there in the spring on an unofficial visit and they told me that if I went to camp and showed them what I can do-perform like I did on my highlight film-I would end up with an offer," he said. "I liked how they were very honest with me throughout the whole process and how everything was handled."
Handling Ontko's recruitment is Joe Rudolph, who has quickly established himself in the Ohio area for UW.
"Coach Rudolph is just a great guy," said Ontko, who is from Cuyahoga Falls (OH) Walsh Jesuit. "I just feel real comfortable with all the coaches there. Everyone is real easy to talk to. I can give them a call whenever and we can talk about anything. He's (Rudolph) a great person."
As a result, Wisconsin sits atop his list, which currently includes offers from Eastern Michigan and Georgia Tech.
"Wisconsin is still my No. 1 school, they always have been," he said. "Like I said, I feel very comfortable with the coaches and I feel I can play pretty early there.
"The coaches said there is no timeframe for me to decide and they want me to make the right decision. They want me to be comfortable, but I'm definitely leaning toward Wisconsin."
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