London Hears the Chants

Being cheered by the Wisconsin students and seeing the Badgers' running game be extremely productive against Purdue, Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas tailback Madre London was impressed with how he could fit in at Madison.

MADISON - On his official visit to Nebraska two weeks ago, Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas tailback Madre London was signing autographs for little kids and had fans chanting his name.

It's obvious that the Wisconsin student section was paying attention.

"The student section was chanting my name, and I haven't had anything like that before," London told Badger Nation. "It was a humbling experience. It's something I can get used to."

On his official visit with five other prospects, the 6-1, 200-pound tailback was given the full treatment by the staff, getting a tour of the campus, facilities and one-on-one meetings with the coaching staff and private time with the players.

"It is a good program," London said of Wisconsin. "The tailbacks fit into the system with the way they run the ball. They have great fans. I had a good time at Wisconsin. The facilities are nice and the coaches are straight up with me. The atmosphere was off the charts."

A three-star prospect and the No.70 tailback in the country by Fox Sports Next, London also saw what kind of role he could play in Wisconsin's offense, as the Badgers ran for 388 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-10 win over Purdue and had both their starting tailbacks – James White and Melvin Gordon – rush for over 100 yards each.

For a tailback that runs a lot of the plays Wisconsin does in high school, it was a good positive to see.

"It was good to see all three running backs do good running the ball down hill," said London. "They really featured the running game. Big time players make big time plays. The running game really impacted me, seeing all three running backs have a big game against a quality team like Purdue. It was unbelievable."

While he got to spend time with all the recruits off campus, London talked quite a bit with Jacksonville (FL) Ribault quarterback and Wisconsin commit D.J. Gillins, who also was on his official visit and was looking for a talented running back to join him.

"We ended up driving to Wisconsin together," said London. "It was real good. D.J. is real cool. He's a great athlete. He wants me to come be his running back."

London plans to visit Michigan State, Illinois, Florida State and Virginia before making his decision.

Averaging six yards per carry through three games, London leads the team with five touchdowns, all coming on the ground.

"My season is going good, but we just had a tough loss to Miramar," said London. "My season is good, but I've got to keep working."


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