Ude Adds Wisconsin Offer

Continuing to be active in the state of Georgia, running back coach Thomas Brown offered Atlanta Westminster defensive end Russell Ude, who is over two dozen offers.

Atlanta Westminster junior defensive end Russell Ude has seen his recruitment explode due to his solid past season and added a new offer when Wisconsin decided to pull the trigger and offer him.

"I have been getting a whole lot of mail from Wisconsin for a long time and that even increased lately, so I asked my coaches if they offered and he told me that they just did," Ude told BadgerNation. "It was definitely exciting news because Wisconsin is a great program. I don't know too much about Wisconsin, but like I said, I know they are a great program and produce a lot of good guys like J.J. Watt. He came in as an un-heralded guy and came out to be one of the best players in the NFL."

Like many Georgia prospects, Ude has been targeted by new running back coach Thomas Brown, who has extended over a dozen offers to some of the state's top 2015 prospects. Brown first visited Ude during his sophomore year and has kept track of him since.

"If I were able to get a relationship going, then I could definitely take a visit more into consideration," said Ude. "It is very possible I visit Wisconsin, but it is just a matter of starting a relationship with those coaches and getting to know them real good. I will figure out from there because they offered me now, so I have to take them into consideration. That is big for me and my parents because my parents don't want me to waste time or money visiting places that haven't offered me or are close to offering me. The fact that they offered definitely helps."

The 6-3, 245-pound Ude is the No. 65 ranked defensive end and a three-star recruit by Scout. He currently holds 27 offers, but is hoping for more and that could potentially alter his recruitment.

"It has been kind of crazy because different schools want me to do different things and other schools went me to shift my size," said Ude. "I don't have a top list because I am waiting on more schools to offer that I am really interested in. I haven't taken enough visits or have enough offers that I am really interested in to start narrowing it down yet. I am wide open and will start to narrow it done after the spring. I will get a better idea of schools I need to visit and schools I need to scratch off, but as of right now, I am still wide open.

Ude lists Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, UCLA and USC as the big schools who are talking to him that have yet to offer.

"I plan on deciding late summer because I kind of want to accelerate the process," said Ude. "It has been kind of slow and I want to accelerate the process by taking some visits and hopefully getting two or three of these offers from those schools."

"Academics is the first priority for me. I want a degree that carries a lot of weight that will set me up for life. The next factor for me will probably be overall the program and how well they do. Things like location and feeling at home and playing time are also factors for me."


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