Strong Joins UW's Walk-On Class

Having built a solid relationship with cornerbacks coach Ben Strickland, Oak Creek (WI) defensive back Elijah Strong had no problems turning down a full scholarship offer to accept a preferred walk-on opportunity with the Badgers.

For the second straight day, Wisconsin reeled in an impressive in-state recruit without having to use a scholarship in the 2015 class.

A day after Stevens Point defensive end Andrew Ruzek chose the Badgers over a scholarship offer from Illinois State, Oak Creek senior safety Elijah Strong picked Wisconsin over an offer from Air Force.

“I just felt like even as a walk on Wisconsin was the best overall choice,” Strong told BadgerNation. “Most importantly it’s a school with great academic prestige and a great business program. The overall atmosphere of Madison is second to none. Playing in front of those fans is just something that I really would love to do. After having a long talk with my parents, I felt like it was finally time to commit.”

The 6-0, 170-pound defensive back was also receiving interest from Ball State, Iowa State, Michigan State, Northern Illinois and Northwestern. One reason he chose the Badgers over his other suitors was the connection he built with secondary coach Ben Strickland, who had the same excitement with the news of his pledge.

“I told Coach Strickland, and we had been talking a couple days before that, and the last thing he told me was that he hopes I become a Badger,” said Strong. “I told him about it and he sounded excited about it. I am a hardworking and dedicated player. It doesn’t matter what role or position I play either. I hope the Badger fans are just as excited about this as I am!”

Strong is currently a two star recruit by

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