Marcus Randle El and the Badgers

The Thornton High School (Harvey, Ill.) star places Wisconsin among his top five

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Quarterback Marcus Randle El was supposed to visit Wisconsin for the Ohio State game Oct. 11 but could not make the trip due to his high school's homecoming. Randle El, though, plans to take an official visit to Wisconsin sometime in December. He has yet to take any of his five official visits and is expected to make his decision after he makes the trips. The other four leaders for Randle El are currently Wake Forest, Iowa, Indiana and Northwestern.


"I think (Wisconsin) is a good school," Randle El said. "I'm going to take an official visit there. They are in my top five. I really like it. I like the offense they run. I hear it is a good place. The coaches take good care of you."


If Randle El attends Wisconsin he would be reunited with high school teammate Brandon Tobias, a wide receiver who is being redshirted this season. Randle El would like to play quarterback at the collegiate level but he is not adverse to a position change. Most schools are recruiting him as an athlete who could play quarterback, cornerback or receiver.


"(Wisconsin is) looking at me as a quarterback and an athlete," Randle El said. "If I were to go there I would get my chance, my opportunity, at quarterback and just make something happen."


Randle El, of course, draws ready comparisons to his brother, former Indiana quarterback and current Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antwaan Randle El.


"I think personality-wise we have a good sense of humor," Marcus said of the comparison. "On the field, you know, it's the quickness. You can get a guy on the field that has quickness and speed, you know, it is something to really compare. We just try to make plays happen. We like the ball to be in our hands and come together and be a leader on the field, you know, and help the team out."


Marcus Randle El is part of a bevy of Division I-caliber talent at Thornton that also includes defensive end Tim Jamison, fullback/linebacker Demetrius Rudd and defensive back Eric Hudson.

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