Doe Settles In

With three weeks to signing day, Wisconsin football has 19 verbal commitments that are ready to go. Oak Ridge (NC) returner Kenzel Doe couldn't wait for signing day, as the speedy athlete is on campus and ready for spring football.

MADISON - Kenzel Doe is ready to go.

The only 2011 scholarship player to enroll for spring semester, Doe flew up to Madison and got settled in Monday, bringing four suitcases full of clothes and his brother to help carry the load. Most importantly, Doe avoided the Tuesday snowstorm.

"It feels good right now, getting settled in, going to meetings, getting my classes and just waiting for everybody to get back," Doe said Wednesday night. "Football for me is year around, I have already been preparing for college football."

Doe will be sharing his college experience with Whitnall's Joel Stave, a walk-on quarterback that earned WFCA First Team All-State honors after finishing his senior season with 2,635 passing yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games.

"We've done the placement test and the meetings together," Doe said of Stave, who moved in on Monday. "It's been a lot of fun going around with him."

Once committed to Oregon State, Doe – a three-star athlete by - started to rethink his decision after taking an official visit to Wisconsin on Sept.18, and eventually changed his commitment in the beginning of October. The only thing that has changed from that visit to this one is the level of excitement.

"It's not the same because I like it even more now than I did and I loved it on my official," Doe said. "Now that I am up here, settled in and getting the chance to walk around a little bit, I love it even more."

Doe's decision gave the Badgers the speedy slot receiver/kick return the coaching staff desperately wanted. In '09, Doe recorded 56 receptions for 980 yards (17.5 per game) and 12 touchdowns on offense and recorded 70 solo tackles and five interceptions.

Playing at Oak Creek Military Academy, Doe's team went undefeated.

"It's about working hard, grinding, getting in shape," Doe said. "The other day, Joel and me were throwing the football back and forth to get back in football rhythm. I've got to get in cold-weather type shape to be ready for spring football shape."

The goal for Doe is simple heading into spring football: playing time. With David Gilreath graduating, the Badgers have a void at both return positions, something the coaching staff has earmarked Doe to attack.

At 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, Doe wants to start adding the weight to make that happen.

"Right now, the coaching staff wants me to be at least the returner, and maybe a receiver," Doe said. "The fact that four seniors left, one junior and the rest underclassmen, I'm coming in as a freshman, so we're going to have young team. I feel like I have a chance to be on the field my first year because a lot of us are freshmen."

The main thing for Doe is to blend in to a team that has its sights set on much more after winning its first conference championship since 1999, but missing the chance to close the deal in the 2011 Rose Bowl.

"We have a lot to shoot for. We are all going to work together and you have to have a short term memory in football. We can't use any of the wins from last year, so we're going to have to pick it up to do even better. It's good I am coming in to a great football team like this because I know they are going to work hard to get to the BCS National Championship."

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