July 9, 2008

Could visit equal verbal for Ohio WR?

After Wes Kemp of St. Louis (MO) DeSmet decommitted from the University of Wisconsin in favor of Missouri before signing day in February, T.J. Williams became the lone scholarship receiver in the 2008 recruiting class.

The situation has put an added emphasis on the mentioned position in the current cycle, as eight (known) offers have been extended thus far.

Tuesday, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with three-star receiver Jeff Duckworth of Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, to discuss his top two schools, along with an upcoming trip to Madison.

"Yes, Wisconsin is recruiting me pretty hard," said the 6-foot, 194-pound prospect. "I don't have an official scholarship offer in writing, but my recruiting coach said that I pretty much do, and he's getting the final OK from Coach (Bret) Bielema this week."

Leading the charge to land Duckworth is first-year tight ends coach Joe Rudolph, who has already landed tight end Brain Wozniak in this year's class.

"Coach Rudolph is my recruiting coach," said Duckworth, who currently has an offer from Indiana on the table. "We have a good relationship. I really enjoy talking to him, we talk a lot.

"I'm actually going up to Madison this weekend for an unofficial visit," he continued. "We're going up Sunday night and we have a tour planned on Monday. Right now I've narrowed it down to Wisconsin and Indiana. I'll be able to give you more information and possibly my decision after my visit."

At this point, Wisconsin has offered eight (known) receivers in the 2009 class: Kraig Appleton, Je'Ron Stokes (Tennessee verbal), Keenan Davis, Nu'Keese Richardson (Florida verbal), Justin Brown, James Jackson (Ohio State) verbal), Duwyce Wilson and Shawney Kersey.

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