'Little Russ' Shows his Stuff

He has the appearance of a younger Russell Wilson, and Grand Ledge (Mich.) HS junior quarterback Jalen Brady did his best during Sunday's Wisconsin one-day high school camp to show the coaches that same kind of play-making potential.

MADISON - There is no debating the love Grand Ledge (Mich.) quarterback Jalen Brady has for Wisconsin and his admiration for former quarterback Russell Wilson. Brady has a Bucky Badger emblem as his Twitter wallpaper and sent Wilson a tweet before Wisconsin's one-day high school camp asking him for luck.

In his eyes, the good vibes paid off with one of his best camp performances ever.

"I feel like I earned an offer after my performance," Brady told Badger Nation. "Offensive coordinator Matt Canada was real impressed and said he saw enough, was real impressed with my work and said he would be emailing me soon."

That offer unfortunately didn't come for Brady (5-11, 205 pounds), as Wisconsin instead extended an offer to Sturgis (Mich.) junior quarterback Chance Stewart. It was disappointing news to Brady, who felt he outperformed the quarterback despite being six inches shorter.

"I made every throw that they asked me to make – rollouts, out of the pocket and in the pocket," said Brady. "All the campers and coaches were calling me ‘Little Russ.' Competing out there, it felt like home."

That's a huge compliment to Brady, who models his game after Wilson and knows the Badgers aren't afraid to utilize the skills of a quarterback less than six feet. Brady showed that during morning and afternoon 7-on-7 drills with his footwork inside the pocket. While he didn't have the same type of arm strength as other quarterbacks in attendance, he was solid with his throws, only legitimately missing a handful all day.

"The coaches kept telling us they wanted to see who could make the throws and who couldn't," said Brady. "I felt like I could throw all day. I felt like I had a very good day."

The camp was Brady's fourth visit to Wisconsin, adding to an unofficial visit for a football game each of the past two years and coming for this year's spring game. Since coming in April, Brady has developed a good dialogue with tight end coach Eddie Faulkner.

"We talk a lot and have a real good relationship," Brady said of Faulkner. "I have seen him at almost every camp I have gone to."

In addition to Wisconsin, Brady attended the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp last week and has camped at Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Michigan State. Brady says he is going to visit Cincinnati, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech in July and go camp at Ball State, Bowling Green for a second time, Toledo and will possibly head back to Wisconsin next week to prove he's worthy of an offer.

"I just made every throw and I know I am impressed the coaches," said Brady. "Both coach Faulkner and coach Bielema complimented me. If they offer me, I'd be super happy. They would be my top choice."

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