Size to Compete

With one potential defensive tackle already in the mix for 2014, Wisconsin football has started to identify other juniors who could help fill the void, like Missouri junior Tonnie White.

MADISON - The University of Wisconsin has been known for having one of the most physical and biggest offensive lines in the nation. Always looking to reload, the Badgers are already looking closely at one particular high school in Missouri for some size by recruiting Hazelwood Central High junior offensive tackle Roderick Johnson.

Not only does Hazelwood Central have Johnson, but someone even bigger than him in 6-4, 320-pound, junior defensive tackle Tonnie White. With Wisconsin losing two defensive tackles following the 2013 season, the Badgers have already secured a verbal commitment from Milwaukee Marquette junior Conor Sheehy, who has the ability to build his body into the position.

On the other side of the coin, White already has that body type.

"The first game went well," White told Badger Nation. "I think I did good for the first game, but I know I can work on some things. I had five tackles, but we lost by one point."

White has no offers to show, but seems to be on the verge of landing a few BCS offers. One of those schools that could offer the massive defensive tackle is Wisconsin.

"Wisconsin has just been saying that this is my year and (they) expect big things from me," said White. "I know that they are a lineman team. I like how they always stick to the game plan and they never seem to panic. They are sending me letters weekly and saying their keeping their eye on me. I also know Montee Ball came from Timberland, Missouri, and I think Wisconsin can be good for me."

White also said Nebraska has been sending him a lot of mail and Missouri has made some early contact. How would an offer from Wisconsin feel for the big man or even impact his list?

"It would mean a lot from them and a whole lot of motivation," said White. "No, I don't have a top list yet and am just wide open."

Some of the top programs in the nation are after White and two powerhouses have always been his favorites growing up, but both for different reasons.

"Alabama and Oregon were my favorite teams growing up," said White. "Alabama because they are a great team who knows how to win. Oregon because they use a lot of speed and their jerseys are really nice."

Scouting prospects can be tricky sometimes with all the opinions out in the recruiting business, but White seems to find it very easy.

"I am really strong and knows how to work with my size. I also got quick feet, nice reaction to the ball and nice vision to get in the backfield."


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