Badgers Land Big-Time QB

For the second consecutive season, the Badgers have landed a big-time quarterback before the season began. This year's catch is Bryan Savage, considered one of the nation's top QB's.

Since the arrival of Quarterbacks Coach Jeff Horton in 1999, the Wisconsin staff has had a policy that regardless of talent and depth, one quarterback per year must be signed through recruiting.

At times, the Badgers have looked almost too deep at quarterback, leading to situations like last winter when Owen Daniels, considered one of the top QB's in the country in high school, was moved to tight end.

But Wisconsin has needed its depth at the quarterback position. The Badgers have gone as far as three-deep in game situations, and there is plenty of competition up and down the depth chart.

Like last year, in which the Badgers signed a top quarterback before the recruiting season even heated up, Wisconsin has landed a top quarterback before the season.

Bryan Savage, a 6-4, 210-pound gunslinger from Haverford, Pa., committed to Coach Barry Alvarez before returning home from his visit last weekend.

Savage told LionNews.com, part of The Insiders network, that he was the top quarterback on UW's list.

"I've been to a lot of colleges for those camps and I went up there this weekend for an unofficial visit and my parents loved it, I loved it and the coaches were friendly," Savage said. "I just felt real comfortable there...I have a chance to compete there as a freshman which is cool, and they really wanted me."

Savage turned down offers from Iowa, Indiana, Maryland and Duke, and his stock has been rising steadily over the last few months (he had a great showing at the Nike Camp in State College). Had he waited out the recruiting game, Savage would have had more than a dozen big-time offers to choose from.

Midwest Recruiting Expert Chris Pool studied tape of Savage last month, and had a glowing analysis of the Pennsylvania blue-chipper.

"Savage has a strong arm, his play action and drops are exceptional and he makes plays. Bryan can make every throw on the field and he makes things happen when nothing is there for him.

His footwork is outstanding and he's not afraid to run with the ball either and I saw him deliver some big hits on defensive backs.

It's definitely going to be tough ranking the quarterback position in 2003 but I'd have to say that Bryan Savage is definite "Top 25" national quarterback that has the ability to play in an conference in America.

Savage, who threw for 1,460 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, also ran for seven touchdowns. A three-year starter, Savage is considered a top candidate for an "Elite 11" quarterback camp invitation.

Look for more on Savage in an upcoming print edition of Badger Nation Magazine.

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