Growing Options for Musso

After getting no high scholarship offers through another record breaking season, Waunakee (Wis.) senior running back Leo Musso has three options on the table and is nearing a decision. Does Wisconsin fit into his future?

MADISON - As he struggled to get interest through the recruiting process, Waunakee running back Leo Musso couldn't help but battle with the decision of where he was going to go to college.

With signing day a little more than two weeks away, the 5-10, 190-pound running back is still agonizing over his decision, but at least he's finally got some solid options on his table.

"The biggest thing I wanted to do was let my senior season take care of itself and what I can do is what I can do and what I can control is what I can control," Musso told Badger Nation Saturday. "I had a couple of great Division 1-A and Division II schools recruit me, but it's been good to get some more interest."

After capping his high school senior season with 2,398 yards and 39 touchdowns, the bigger offers started rolling in for Musso with South Dakota State and Northern Illinois both extending full offers within two weeks of his season ending.

"I don't know too much about Northern Illinois, so I've been anxious to learn about their facilities and their strength program," said Musso, who hosted head coach Dave Doeren and offensive line coach Rob Carey on an in-home visit Saturday. "I went down there for a junior day, but didn't get to sit down with any of the academic advisors or the coaches."

Just as important, Musso left Waunakee as a three-time state champion after his 181 rushing yards and four touchdowns beat Waterford, 45-0, in the WIAA Division 2 State Championship.

"It's a bittersweet victory," said Musso. "It's nice to go out with a win, but it sucks that it's over. We had a great group of guys that I am going to miss, but I am ready to move to the next chapter of my football career."

In addition to his two full offers, Musso also has an opportunity to play football at Wisconsin, getting extended a delayed scholarship offer. With the Badgers having over 20 scholarship juniors-to-be and sophomores-to-be on their roster, Musso would have to pay for two years of school and be on scholarship the remaining three years when UW has more flexibility, an offer similar to what kicker Kyle French and linebacker Marcus Trotter have received from head coach Bret Bielema.

"They extended that offer to me when I went on my official visit there the second weekend of December," said Musso, who is being recruited by running back coach Thomas Hammock and graduate assistant Luke Swan. "I got to hang out with Vonte Jackson and Vince Biegel, which was pretty cool. I have a lot of friends on the team, so they can answer any questions I have."

Musso is hoping to make his decision prior to signing day after he takes his official visit to Northern Illinois at the end of the month and perhaps another trip out to Brookings, SD, to see South Dakota State.

Although the Coyotes are still in the mix being the first school to offer him, Musso hinted that his decision will come between being on scholarship all four years for one of the top teams in the MAC or having to pay for two years before being on scholarship for the two-time defending Big Ten Champions.

"I am still up in the air with everything," said Musso. "I am trying to let things take care of themselves and hopefully one comes to me. I sat down and made a list of what was important to me with each school. Obviously, there are a lot of positives with me going to Wisconsin because it's so close to home. That would be at the highest level I could possibly play.

"It's a tough decision because of Northern Illinois being a full ride. Coming out of school, I don't have to worry about finances and they are a good program having won the MAC and its bowl game. It makes it that much more tough."


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