Duranso Fond of Wisconsin

Having started in two state championship games at Camp Randall Stadium, including walking away the winner in 2013, Hartland Arrowhead junior quarterback Johnny Duranso would love to make the University of Wisconsin his college home.

Wisconsin signed two signal callers in the 2015 recruiting class in Austin Kafentzis and Alex Hornibrook, who both are already on campus. The Badgers have stock piled the quarterback position, but could be in the market to add another in the 2016 class, and one to keep an eye on in their backyard, with Hartland (WI) Arrowhead junior quarterback Johnny Duranso.

Having led his team to consecutive division 1 championship games, Duranso has started the past two seasons and put up huge numbers. Completing 68.9 percent of his passes (144 for 209), Duranso passed for 1,958 passing yards, 13.6 per completion, 24 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

He also got it done with his legs by rushing 136 carries for 731 yards and 11 touchdowns. With that much production, his recruitment has picked up and now he is hearing from several schools, including a little from the Badgers.

“It’s going good; so far I’ve been contacted by seven different D-1 and D-2 schools,” Duranso told BadgerNation. I have been contacted by Iowa State, Michigan State, North Dakota State, Princeton, South Dakota State, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

“(The contact) has been really light with Wisconsin actually. I’ve only talked to them once when they were in our weight room. I would love to attend Wisconsin eventually. I do plan on contacting them more often.”

The 6-1, 195-pound Duranso has developed a fond liking for the Badgers over the years, especially after he threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-24 win over Franklin in the 2013 WIAA Division 1 championship game at Camp Randall.

“I would be very honored (if they offered) and would highly consider accepting,” said Duranso. “I like the program. I’ve seen their facilities multiple times being up there for state championship games and I think they’re really nice. A few of my teammates attend Wisconsin for football and they all say how great the coaches are and how well they treat their athletes.”

Despite coming off a big season, Duranso is still looking to improve his game and win that state championship once again.

“I need to work on better and quicker feet,” he said, “which will help me make faster reads.”

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