July 11, 2008

Is the first wide out on the way?

After watching a number of wide receivers verbal to other schools in this year's recruiting cycle, Wisconsin could land its first wide out in the 2009 class by the end of the weekend.

Jeff Duckworth, a wide receiver from Cincinnati (OH) Princeton, received a Badger offer in the mail today (Friday) and could make his college decision as early as Monday.

"I just got my official offer in the mail," Duckworth told BadgerBlitz.com early this afternoon. "Coach (Joe) Rudolph talked to Coach (Bret) Bielema and they decided to extend the offer. I'll be going up there this Sunday and staying until Monday.

"It's a possibility I could make my decision this weekend."

The 6-foot, 194-pound prospect said he has narrowed his list down to Indiana and Wisconsin, making his upcoming visit to Madison very important for the Badger staff.

"I'll be taking the whole tour starting Sunday," said Duckworth, who was aware fellow wide out Duwyce Wilson verbaled to Indiana earlier in the week. "I know I'll get a chance to talk with some of the people from the business school because that's what I'd like to go into when I get to college.

"I'm looking for a school with great academics and a solid football program, something Wisconsin and Indiana both have."

Rudolph, who is in his first year as the tight ends coach at Wisconsin, is looking for his second commitment in this year's class after landing Brian Wozniak in June.

"We (myself and Rudolph) have a good relationship," Duckworth said. "I really enjoy talking to him, we talk a lot."

As a junior, Duckworth had 62 catches for 900 and seven touchdowns.

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