A Beneficial Unofficial

Stopping by Madison on an unofficial visit Wednesday, Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge junior wide receiver Alex Ofodile was rewarded with a Wisconsin scholarship offer.

One day after having one of its top 2014 playmaking target on campus in New Jersey tight end Mike Gesicki, Wisconsin had another top offensive player in with Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge junior wide receiver Alex Ofodile. He knew coming in that Madison was nice, but wasn't expecting the type of facilities and surrounding areas that he saw.

"I was really surprised of Wisconsin," Ofodile told BadgerNaton. "Before going there, I was hearing from a lot of people hyping it up and it definitely lived up to the hype. The campus was really nice and so were the facilities."

Sitting at four offers from Kentucky, Memphis, Northwestern and Vanderbilt, the 6-3, 170-pound Ofodile didn't have to wait long to get his fifth offer.

"I talked to Coach Andersen at the very beginning and that is when he offered me a scholarship," Ofodile said. "I was super excited to receive that Wisconsin offer. Just having an offer from a big-time school like Wisconsin is a great accomplishment. He talked to me about the relationship between players and coaches is special and how everything they do will be for my benefit and in my best interest. I then talked to Coach Beatty about the offense they run and how I would be used."

Bursting on the scene as a sophomore, Ofodile snagged 60 receptions for 824 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 13.73 yards per catch. He earned all-state, all-area and all-district honors, and now has significant interest in Wisconsin.

"I'm definitely really interested in Wisconsin and can see myself playing for them for sure," said Ofodile. "I plan on trying to catch a game this year."

Ofodile is the son of former NFL tight end and Missouri alum A.J. Ofodile, head football coach at Columbia Rock Bridge. Despite the family connection, the younger Ofodile has yet to land an offer from the Tigers, and says he is open.

"I got no leaders at this point," said Ofodile. "Every school brings things to the table I like. I have a lot more getting to know the schools to do. I'm done for the summer with visits at this point."

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