Interest starting for McIntyre

A prep teammate of four-star defensive tackle and Wisconsin commit Darius Latham, the Badgers have started to take notice of running back Jalen McIntyre.

MADISON - Junior Jalen McIntyre is still in the introduction phases of his recruitment for football, but it's not too early for the North Central (IN) tailback to be generating interest from schools in the Big Ten.

"I'm hearing from Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Louisville," McIntyre told Badger Nation. "Nebraska just sent me a letter yesterday containing information on the school and the football program."

According to McIntyre, Indiana has been in contact with him the most, saying that he talks with the Hoosiers' coaches at least once or twice a month. The Badger coaching staff has not assigned the 5-11 tailback out of Indianapolis a recruiting coordinator yet.

"I don't talk with them that much on the phone," McIntyre said. "Our contact has been through email so far. In the emails it's just basic information about the school and football program."

This summer, McIntyre attended the Ohio State's two-day football camp and went to the one-day camp at Indiana.

"I thought the Ohio State camp went really well," McIntyre said. "I went to the camp on June 21 to June 22. The first day I worked with the running backs and the second day I worked with the defensive backs. I just showed what I could do at the running back position during the camp. When I was working with the defensive backs I learned a lot of new techniques that I can bring to the football field because I also play defensive back for my team.

"When I went to the Indiana, I worked with the defensive backs and again I just worked on my technique while I was there."

Besides trying to improve his techniques as a defensive back, McIntyre has also been working on improving his speed this summer.

"I've been trying to improve my breakaway speed this summer," McIntyre said. "I ran track this spring and I think that helped. The reason I want to improve my speed is because I got caught from the back once or twice this past season. If I don't get caught I put up six on the scoreboard."

Although McIntyre doesn't currently hold an offer, he's hoping he can land his first scholarship if he builds off of a strong sophomore season where he rushed for 900 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"All I know is that if I go and take care of business on the field I should start to see offers come my way," McIntyre said.

Not only is McIntyre confident that he will have a strong junior season, he is positive that his high school team North Central can have a successful upcoming football season.

"Were projected to have a good season," McIntyre said. "I think we will and I think were good enough to win state this coming season. We have the talent and now we just have to work hard and stay focused but I think we can do it."


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