St. Paul (MN) Cretin Derham receiver Denzel Fondungallah is still in the early stages of his recruitment, but the 6-2, 190-pound receiver is slowly started to generate some buzz among Midwest college coaches, including those at the University of Wisconsin.
Fondungallah was part of a large contingent of junior day visitors for Wisconsin Saturday, as the Badgers did their best to show off their school, facilities and program. And with temperatures reaching the 80s, Wisconsin had plenty to sell.
“I thought the coaches were really friendly and the facilities were really nice,” Fondungallah told BadgerNation. “Obviously the Badgers do it big over there. The attention that they paid to detail in the practice was very good. I think their hard working was intense and fast. We got to see what Wisconsin football was all about. I think it was a great presentation on their part.”
Fondungallah has been on Wisconsin’s radar for the past month, getting recruited by outside linebackers coach Tim Tibesar. Wisconsin has added one receiver in Austin (TX) Lake Travis prospect Cade Green and will likely add at least a couple more.
Both Tibesar and receivers coach Ted Gilmore told Fondungallah that they are anxious to have him come to one of their summer camps to further evaluate him.
“(Getting an offer) starts at camp because their recruiting class is very tight this year,” Fondungallah said, adding that the Badgers are currently his favorite school. “Camp is a big determining factor there in assuring I get up on their list. That would be the turning point for me.”
Finishing last season with 23 catches for 453 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games last season, Fondungallah has an offer from Cornell and is getting interest from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Vanderbilt and many others.
“I think I have good spacing and good speed with my spacing,” Fondungallah said. “I’m good at understanding the defensive back and once I get past him, understanding how to keep him behind me and make sure he doesn’t recover.”
Fondungallah will visit South Dakota State April 23 for the school’s spring game and Northern Iowa May 7 for an unofficial visit.