Weah Building Badger Connection

After once being short on scholarships, recent departures have allowed Wisconsin to possibly add another wide receiver in the class of 2013. Could Madison Memorial star Jester Weah be that player?

MADISON - The Badgers weren't working with a lot of scholarships for the 2013 class, but with the recent departures from the team that has quickly changed. After two saw two receivers transfer, one of their targets that could be on the verge of being offered is 6-3, 190-pound Madison Memorial senior receiver Jester Weah.

High school football has just started this past week and Weah made his presence felt already in the season.

"The first game went great," Weah told Badger Nation. "We won (45-20 over Janesville Parker). I think I had 7 catches for 74 yards and I had two touchdowns called back."

Not only was Weah busy on the football field making plays, but he also made his way out to multiple colleges over summer to check them out and camp. The Badgers, however, stuck out from everywhere he went and felt the experience was a huge success.

"My summer went pretty well," said Weah. "I got to visit a lot of schools. I went to Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Illinois, Northern Illinois and Florida. Wisconsin was fantastic, though. I had a blast down there and all the coaches were welcoming. I learned a lot from (receivers) coach (Zach) Azzanni and it was the best out of all the camps that I attended throughout the summer."

Heading into the season opener, Weah holds offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Fordham, Illinois State, North Dakota and Ohio, but appears the Badgers could be joining that list in the near future.

"Coach Bielema told me he really liked how I play and wanted to offer me," said Weah. "Due to the small scholarships for the class of 2013, he was going to figure out a way to get me one. Coach (Luke) Swan also wrote my mother and (said) that they were excited about me and told me to be patient. I talk to Coach Z, the wide receivers coach, and he's been telling me the same. He also told me I had a great game on Friday when we talked yesterday."

Coach Azzanni has been working hard on the recruiting trail and it is already making head ways with many prospects, especially with Weah.

"I have a real good relationship with Coach Z," he said. "I have met him at my junior day visit back in February … and really like the way he coaches."

Weah doesn't live too far away from Camp Randall Stadium, so naturally he grew up cheering for the Badgers.

"Growing up in Madison, you're surrounded by Badgers fans, which is very cool to be a part of," said Weah. "I honestly think they have the best fans in the country. I love going to Camp Randall and watching them play."

As far as Weah's game goes, he has all the tools in what Wisconsin is looking for. In addition to attending Wisconsin home games, Weah plans to visit other BCS schools during the upcoming season.

"My game can be described as a physical, speedy receiver that can bring a lot of energy each game," he said. "I'm not sure as of now, but I think I might take another visit out to Pittsburgh and Michigan State."

Now that Weah seems to be in line for an offer to be possibly coming from the Badgers, where could that place Wisconsin on his leader board?

"I don't have a top 5, I just know that Wisconsin is one of my favorites right now," Weah admitted. "I will probably decide after the season, too."

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