Stevenson Heard, Saw and Felt UW's Tradition

Although he got to campus later than expected, Dallas South Oak Cliff running back, and Texas commit, Jordan Stevenson had plenty of time to see how rich the Wisconsin running back tradition really is.

MADISON - Between travel woes and headaches getting his official visit started, Dallas South Oak Cliff tailback Jordan Stevenson got to see the tradition of Wisconsin’s running game in full display.

“It was a good trip,” Stevenson told BadgerNation. “I learned a lot about their tradition and all the great things the program does for their running backs.”

Getting to campus just before game time after a Friday fire in an airport outside Chicago delayed thousands of travelers, he 5-11, 203-pound Stevenson experienced the tradition in a few ways. He saw it on the field with 79,000 others with Wisconsin running for 294 yards and two touchdowns in the 27-10 victory over South Florida.

He heard it from coaches and current and former players, including Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne and Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball.

He also felt it, getting a chance to hold a Heisman Trophy won by a Wisconsin tailback that is on the display in the Wisconsin football coaches office.

“They gave me the opportunity (to hold the Heisman),” said Stevenson. “It was a great experience.”

Stevenson – rated a four-star recruit, the No.15 running back in the country and the No.108 player overall by – said he spent time with running back Dare Ogunbowale, freshman safety Lubern Figaro and a handful of others who talked more about the school’s history, the campus and the program.

He also spent plenty of time with a Wisconsin coaching staff looking for a second tailback in the 2015 recruiting class.

“They really wanted me to come be a part of the tradition,” said Stevenson. “They wanted me to have an open mind about everything. They still respect that I am committed to Texas, but they said this is going to be another home if I change my mind.”

Telling he was firmly committed to Texas before his trip, Stevenson said he couldn’t really comment if the Badgers’ trip started to make him rethink his decision. He added that he wants to see more schools, but hasn’t set anything in stone.

“I just want to take my time with everything,” he said.

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