Offered by a 'Powerhouse'

A talented two-way player getting being recruited on both sides of the ball, Damascus (MD) sophomore athlete Jalen Christian recognized how big his Tuesday offer from Wisconsin was.

Only a sophomore, Damascus (MD) athlete Jalen Christian knows the recruiting process is only going to get more chaotic as he approaches his senior year.

With 13 scholarship offers from some premier colleges throughout the country, Christian is already getting a taste of what's to come.

With big offers from the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia Tech, Christian got his latest offer Tuesday from the University of Wisconsin.

"It's a big offer because they are a powerhouse," Christian told Badger Nation. "My grandpa was in the military and moved around a lot, but my mom was born in Milwaukee. I am very excited for this offer.

"I've been watching them for some time and they've been watching me."

With secondary coach Ben Strickland speaking to Christian's coach to extend the offer, Wisconsin views Christian as being an impact player on either side of the ball. As a wide receiver, Christian had 300 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while splitting time with Virginia commit Zach Bradshaw. He also had a 95-yard pick-six on defense and was a key factor on special teams.

"Some schools have said it's up to me where I want to play and others see me at either receiver or defensive back," said Christian. "A lot of times the defensive back coach wants me to play defensive back and the receiver coach wants me to play receiver."

While willing to play either position in college, Christian feels he could be an impact player for a school's passing game. A 5-10, 170-pound athlete, Christian is a key component of the school's relay team, validating his speed on the field.

"Nowadays you have a lot of small guys who are quick and have great vision," said Christian. "It gives the linebackers and strong safeties problems in the passing game. A lot of teams have tall receivers, but not a lot of guys have that guy who can do things from the slot position or in the backfield."

Planning to take visits some visits this summer since he expects his recruitment process to get more hectic, Christian plans to see schools around his home. He also hasn't ruled out a visit to Wisconsin.

"I would like to visit a couple schools," said Christian. "Visiting Wisconsin would require sitting down with the family and book a flight. I definitely have to talk to my parents, but I don't see why it should be a problem."

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