Just Like Russell?

Senior quarterback Russell Wilson has made such an impact at Wisconsin in just one season that it appears that offensive coordinator Paul Chryst has targeted a number of dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2014 class. One of those players is De La Salle (Ill) QB Shelby Spence, who made his first visit to Madison Saturday.

MADISON - After seeing what one dual-threat quarterback can do for its offense, it's evident Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst is interested to get another multiple skilled player under center in the near future.

After getting to work with Russell Wilson for one season, a quarterback that has led Wisconsin on the doorstep of a second straight conference championship, the Badgers brought in a couple sophomore quarterbacks with the same skill set Saturday, including De La Salle (Ill.) passer Shelby Spence.

Visiting Wisconsin for the first time, Spence saw Wilson carve up the Penn State defense and then got to meet him in the post game locker room.

"It was a great locker room to be in after the game, seeing as they just won their division," Spence told Badger Nation. "Everyone was excited about their victory and getting the chance to play Michigan State. I got to talk to Wilson after the game. It was nice to be able to watch him play. He's a very efficient quarterback and he runs his offense very well."

Spence doesn't believe he is the next Wilson by any means, but the comparisons are there. Wilson is 5-11, 210 pounds while Spence measures in at 6-0 and 180 pounds. When asked to describe his game, Spence calls himself an efficient player by getting the ball to his receivers so they can make the plays, but isn't afraid to tuck the ball and run if his team needs the yards.

"I see some similarities between our games," Spence said.

Spence had been to Illinois a couple times and also to Notre Dame, where both of his parents were Notre Dame alumni, but Wisconsin brought things that set its atmosphere apart.

"The fan involvement throughout the game really impressed me," Spence said. "They were involved throughout the game even with the weather and the Jump Around after the third quarter was something that I hadn't seen anywhere else before."

Unable to communicate with the coaches because of his sophomore status outside of visits, the unofficial allowed Spence to get better acquainted with Chryst, recruiting coach Chris Ash, recruiting coordinator Joe Rudolph and coach Bret Bielema.

"They said they were impressed y my highlight film and they would like me to come down so they can evaluate me in person and take the relationship to the next level," Spence said. "I am planning on going to their camp in the summer."

After finishing sub .500 last season with his high school team, the plan for Spence over the summer is to hit the weight room with his teammates and possibly run track in the spring. He claims no favorites, but admits the interest from the UW coaches has him on alert.

"Interest from Wisconsin is impressive because they are Big Ten contenders every year," Spence said. "I really like their offense."


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