After de-committing from Kentucky, Toledo (OH) Central Catholic tailback Michael Warren III hoping to hear from Wisconsin

Still looking for a tailback in its 2017 recruiting class, Wisconsin has an interested prospect in Toledo (OH) Central Catholic three-star tailback Michael Warren III.

One of the few positions Wisconsin hasn’t addressed in its 2017 recruiting class is tailback. Toledo (OH) Central Catholic’s Michael Warren III is hopeful the Badgers will give him a call.

Backing away from his commitment to Kentucky after 10 months over the weekend, Warren is now researching other options, including the Badgers’ reputation for a power running game.

“Their history of running backs is second to none,” Warren tells BadgerNation. "I can't wait to visit and hopefully catch a game this year. I know Camp Randall is one of the best stadiums in country, and Madison was just rated top place for college football games, so I can't wait to visit and see the atmosphere for myself.”

The 5-11, 195-pound Warren jumped on his offer from Kentucky after rushing for 2,200 yards and 28 touchdowns his sophomore season. After finishing last season with 2,475 yards and 31 touchdowns, more teams took notice.

While Kentucky remains a top team on his list, Warren said other schools – including Iowa, Iowa State and Rutgers – have offered him and are highly interested, citing the need to back off his commitment to enjoy a “once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

However, those schools wouldn’t compare to what the Badgers could potentially offer him.

“If Wisconsin offers, they will be my leader easily,” he said. “They are ‘Running Back University’ and produce serious N.F.L. talent. They have a storied tradition, plain and simple. They know how to produce players and develop players. They don't get the best recruits; they get the blue collared, hard-working recruits, and that's something I fit in. I have a good skill set, but also work extremely hard so I feel Wisconsin is a great fit for me.”

Saying his strength is playing with a “scary combo” of power and speed, Warren wants his school of choice to be prolific in both academics and football.

"Academics are huge for me,” Warren said. “I love the academics Wisconsin has. Football only last for so long, but knowledge lasts a whole lifetime. If Wisconsin can give me a great education and a great football program, it could be the place for me. I know they have a great business school, something I would want to do.

“If Wisconsin can offer me, it would be a real game changer in my recruitment, and for many reasons."

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