London Has Big Ten Style

Having already seen what former St. Thomas Aquinas running back James White can do in its offensive system, Wisconsin has targeted current Aquinas tailback Madre London as someone who can continue to carry the Badgers' running back tradition.

When listed what schools he was favoring early in his recruiting process, Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Madre London listed Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers and Wisconsin. Needless to say, the 6-1, 200-pound running back likes the thought of his game fitting into the physical style of the Big Ten.

"Big Ten football is just a good place to be all around," London said. "The education proceeds itself. It's outstanding. They put a lot of players in the NFL. The conference is good on running backs. You look at all the running backs that played in the Big Ten that are in the NFL, there's a lot.

"The Big Ten is running the ball down hill, which is the type of running that I like."

Wisconsin has had success recruiting backs from Aquinas in the past, as now-senior James White rushed for over 1,000 yards and is a former Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

"Wisconsin fits me real well," London told Badger Nation. "They use two running backs and have a good background with their running backs. They run the ball a lot. I love their running game. The running backs have been known to carry the team on their back. Montee Ball did real good last year and James White did real good his freshman year. He'll do real good this year."

Being recruited by wide receivers coach Chris Beatty, who came down last week to watch the team practice and offered London's teammate – defensive back Al Harris – at the time, Beatty told London that an offer was coming after he spoke to head coach Gary Andersen.

The three-star running back, ranked No.76 in the county by Fox Sports Next, didn't have to wait long.

"Seeing them do what they do, it's a lot like St. Thomas," said London. "It makes me want to take a visit there and see where it goes from there. It would be real exciting to play in the Big Ten."

During the spring evaluation period alone, London said he's picked up offers from Florida State, Memphis, Michigan State and Purdue in addition to Wisconsin and the 10 offers he had previously.

"I don't want to be cocky, but I knew (the offers) were coming because I had worked so hard," said London. "I put hard work in day in and day out and I feel that I am still good. I have a lot to work on, but I feel like every time I step on the field I am better than the person beside me and I am making the other person better.

"It's nice making the team better and picking up a lot of offers, knowing that a lot of colleges want me to play."

London stared his junior season as the team's fullback and the second-string running back, bogged down on the depth chart because of all the talent on Aquinas' roster, and finished with 500 yards and four touchdowns last season.

The year before at Bryant High in Arkansas, London rushed for 969 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman.

"I am a big back and am one of those down-hill runners that run people over," said London, who has the goal of getting 1,000 yards this season. "I've worked all season on not trying to hit a lot, dodge a lot of hits, do different moves and use my agility. My speed has been incredible this spring, making a lot of people miss, making them look bad in the open field."

London says he has already scheduled an official visit to Nebraska for Sept.7 and plans to possibly visit Arkansas, Boston College, Ole Miss and TCU this summer. He added that he wants to take an official visit to Wisconsin, but doesn't have a date planned.

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