2004 Prospect To Watch - Santino Panico
High School - Libertyville, Illinois
Height, Weight, Speed - 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, 4.5
Honors - Three-year varsity letter winner.
Scholarship Offers - No offers at this time.
Favorites - Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Notre Dame, Indiana, Washington and Oregon.
Comments - Panico is a sleeper prospect to keep an eye on in 2003. Santino has two very solid teammates that will get looks as well this year. Panico has been working out with Notre Dame bound defensive back Tommy Zbikowksi on a daily basis.
Panico's unle, Valentino Panico has been Tommy Zbikowski's boxing trainer for the past couple of years.
"I have a ton of respect for Tommy," said Panico. "That's why I wear #9 on the football field. I work out with Tommy and want to get the same kind of work ethic as he has.
"I've been starting to hear from a lot of schools. Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Penn State, Oregon, Cincinnati and a lot of the Ivy League schools are writing hand-written letters.
"My favorites are Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Notre Dame, Indiana, Washington and Oregon."
Panico projects as a strong or free safety at the next level. Several schools will get an up close look at Santino this summer as he'll be camping at Notre Dame, Penn State, Purdue and Iowa.
On the offensive side of the ball as a junior, Panico had 46 carries for 650 yards and he had 25 receptions for 450 yards with a combined 13 touchdowns.
Illinois Sleeper Names Badgers
Badger Nation Top Stories
Travel to the Cotton Bowl with PrimeSportsPartnering with the Wisconsin Alumni Association, BadgerNation and PrimeSports are offering packages to see No.8 Wisconsin in the 81st Cotton Bowl Classic on Jan.2
Badger Nation9:37 AM
Badgers Accept Cotton Bowl BidWinning 10 games for the second straight season, Wisconsin qualified for its first New Year's Six bowl game Sunday and will play Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl on Jan.2
Badger Nation2:33 AM
Notes: Clement Comes Up One-Yard ShortIn Saturday's championship notebook, hear from tailback Corey Clement about his success (and failure), Wisconsin failing to capitalize early in the second half and more.
Badger Nation1:31 AM
Big Plays Doom Big Title HopesA defense that had given up only eight passing touchdowns all season, No.6 Wisconsin was torched for 384 passing yards and four touchdowns in a 38-31 defeat to No.8 Penn State.
Badger NationYesterday at 11:50 PM
Letting it Slip AwayAppearing headed for another run to the roses, No.6 Wisconsin let a 21-point lead in the second quarter slip away in a disheartening 38-31 defeat to No.8 Penn State.
Badger NationYesterday at 11:10 PM