Badgers Eye LA Linebackers

Looking to make a new imprint in the state of California, Wisconsin and defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a offers Los Angeles Salesian four-star linebackers Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware.

With Wisconsin having offered two of his junior four-star linebackers - Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware - from Los Angeles Salesian High, head coach D'Vah Thomas didn't shy away from the fact that defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a extending an opportunity to his players was a big deal.

"They were the second guys on the West Coast they offered beside (five-star safety) Juju Smith," Thomas told Badger Nation. "That is something for our guys to get looked at and recruited by a great program in Wisconsin.

"I texted both guys and their family because we are all family. They are very excited about the offer. They respect the Wisconsin program and know it is a big program. They always seem to be in Rose Bowl contention and have a lot of tradition there, so it was a very exciting offer."

Thomas and Kauha'aha'a have had a relationship for years, as Wisconsin's defensive line coach has recruited Salesian High when he was at Weber State, Utah State and Utah. "He has always been on guys and offered guys that are great guys," Thomas said. "I told him about my guys and he jumped on our guys. That is a blessing. These are respectful kids, well mannered, great students and athletes, so the only way to get to know them is recruit them.

"I also think it does help Wisconsin with my connection with Coach Kauha'aha'a and it is someone that I trust."

With Cobb and Ware holding Wisconsin offers in their hands, what are the chances the duo take a closer look at Madison?

"Right now, every program is equal and we haven't laid out a Top 10 list," Thomas said. "We are just enjoying the loving and the process. The guys are doing their own investigation and looking at academics first. The location, tradition, where they stand in their own position like are they the number one guy and things like that. That is what is coming into play with their recruitment."

Without any junior day visits scheduled, Thomas sees a lot of potential in two highly-ranked linebackers with very different styles.

"Cobb (is) our Ray Lewis guy and a very physical guy," said Thomas. "He is looking to hurt you and is just a man amongst boys. He is the most physical guy on our team. He is agile, physical and aggressive player.

"Marquis Ware is our most athletic guy on our team. Not only can he come downhill and crack you, but he can line up at defensive end and go get a sack on third and long. He could also go first-and-10 and run the ball for a 95-yard bomb. The guy can play receiver, tight end, quarterback, running back, linebacker and even safety. The scary thing is that he is very physical at the same time."

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