Sticking to New Jersey

After reopening the New Jersey pipeline, getting a verbal commitment from senior tailback Corey Clement, Wisconsin running back coach Thomas Hammock is staying in the Garden State to pursue West Deptford junior Gerald Owens-Towns

MADISON - After getting one premier running back from New Jersey, Wisconsin and running back coach Thomas Hammock are looking to double their pleasure.

Attacking the East Coast and having made New Jersey a top priority over the last two recruiting cycles, one of the most talented juniors in the state is West Deptford (NJ) running back Gerald Towns-Owens, who was offered by the Badgers back in May.

"I've been getting a lot of mail from a lot of schools," Towns-Owens told Badger Nation. "Wisconsin, Alabama, Michigan State, Rutgers, North Carolina, Ohio State, Boston College, Louisville, Tennessee and a few more. Most of the schools want me to go to a game and keep on sending information."

One of four early offers Towns-Owens has (along with Boston College, South Carolina and Rutgers, Towns-Owens has been talking to Hammock and first year on-campus recruiting coordinator Chris Hauser, as both have been in contact with the 6-1, 235-pound bruiser.

"My relationship with them is good," said Towns-Owens. "They have been saying that I'm the type of back they like and they have watched my film."

According to Towns-Owens, the Badgers staff sees a resemblance in him to another New Jersey tailback; a Heisman Trophy winner that Towns-Owens is quite familiar with.

"I know that Ron Dayne went there," said Towns-Owens. "I am a fan of Ron Dayne and he lived in Overbrook, which is about a few minutes from West Deptford. It is only probably about 10 to 15 minutes from me."

The tailback certainly plays physical like the former Badgers back. Helping lead his team to a perfect 7-0 record heading into tonight's game, Towns-Owens has rushed for 1,033 yards, 8.75 yards per carry and 18 touchdowns. He's scored three touchdowns in five games this season, including the last three, and rushed for 181 yards on just 14 carries (12.9 ypc) in a 54-12 victory over Dayne's Alma mater.

Growing up liking Wisconsin because of Dayne and Texas because of Vince Young, Towns-Owens has started to plan out visits to some local schools in the next several weeks before expanding his visits.

"Me and my dad are trying to go to some local games," Towns-Owens said. "That is because the cost of travel expenses. I think we might see Rutgers, Temple and maybe Ohio State. I would also like to visit Wisconsin and one of the reasons is because I think my style of play fits what they do. I will be looking for academics, great atmosphere, team chemistry and organization."

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