Strong Interest in Wisconsin

One of the many in-state players trying to get a Wisconsin scholarship offer, Oak Creek (WI) defensive back Elijah Strong is looking at a lot of different campus visits, but the school he is really focused on is the University of Wisconsin.

An emerging player last season in the state of Wisconsin was Oak Creek (WI) junior safety Elijah Strong, who was an all-conference selection after leading his conference with six interceptions. Although his team finished 5-4 last season, he feels they will be someone to be reckon with in the future.

"Looking into next season, we have a really strong team and we really have a chance to go far," Strong told BadgerNation. "I like to think of myself as a ballhawk to be honest and did that last year. I am always around the ball, getting to it and making plays on the ball. I play with a lot of confidence, but not to say I am some cocky player running my mouth out on the field. I respect my opponents, but I do have confidence in what I do and my game."

The in-state 6-0, 175-pound safety has been busy as of late, but might even be busier in the upcoming months. Having already visited Illinois this springand planning a return trip to Champaign next month, Strong was visited by Northwestern and Stanford and is planning campus trips to the Wildcats and Eastern Michigan in the coming weeks.

He also visited Madison for Wisconsin's junior day at the beginning of the month and fell in love with his visit.

"Wisconsin is beautiful," said Strong. "That is probably the best time I have had at a college on their junior day and I have been to Michigan State, Iowa State and other colleges, but Wisconsin is definitely my favorite. I mean just the atmosphere there and the coaches are very personable.

"I got to talk to Coach Andersen and Coach Strickland. Coach Strickland basically talked to me about what he had seen on film, what he has liked and what I need to do this summer, like come to camps. He also said to basically stay in contact. I will be down there for a spring practice and I will definitely be up there for the summer camp."

Although growing up in the Chicagoland area, Strong has started to develop a great interest in one day playing for the Badgers.

"We grew up a little outside of Northwestern (and) ever since we have moved to Wisconsin, I have learned to love Wisconsin more and more," said Strong. "Once I went to Wisconsin, it was awesome and one of the best places I have ever been. As of right now, that is my ideal place to play. If Wisconsin offered me, then I am very strongly saying I would probably take that offer and go to the University of Wisconsin.

"To be honest, I definitely think I would commit on the spot. I am going to keep working to one day play for them."

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