Rose Now on Badgers' Radar

Always in need of talented running backs to build depth, Lincoln (NE) North Star tailback Austin Rose takes an unofficial visit to Wisconsin Saturday.

MADISON - Continuing its tailback search in a familiar Big Ten state, Wisconsin got to meet Lincoln (NE) North Shore running back Austin Rose, who liked what he saw of the Badgers' new facilities.

"It was great actually," Rose told Badger Nation. "We got to see the campus; we got to see the weight room and the locker room and everything. They were talking about the new academic building next to the stadium so that's pretty cool."

One of the reason's the 6-0 220-pound back has been getting interest from schools like Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan and Stanford is because of his physical style which teams could use him as either a fullback or halfback.

Rose said running backs coach Thomas Hammock talked to the prospects about how many running backs they're bringing in this year.

"They said (I would play) running back most likely because they want to bring in bigger running back and have smaller running back," Rose said. "So I think I could fit in well."

Rose, who ran for 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2012, also got to talk to some of the other coaches and liked what he heard.

"I talked to some of them. They all seemed like great guys. They seemed like it'd be a really cool place with the coaches they have there and everything."

Rose has already been to Nebraska's junior day and attended the Army All-American Bowl Combine, where he ran a 4.5 40-yard dash, 4.1 in the pro agility and had a 32.5 inch vertical jump, but he is still improving his speed.

As of right now, Rose does not have any offers from the list of schools with interest, but he thinks that will come soon.

"I'm hoping for an offer (from Wisconsin), but I think it's pretty hard right now," he said. "I hope I get offers."

Wisconsin has not signed any of their 2014 running back commits, although they have extended offers to 10 prospects.

Rose said that he will most likely be attending Wisconsin's camp this summer, so the Badgers seem to be a new name he can add to his list.

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