Big Ten schools interested in Aker

Speedy Brown Deer, Wis. DB/WR recently attended Wisconsin's junior day

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Tony Aker (Brown Deer High School) has been receiving interest from Wisconsin as a potential 2005 scholarship recipient but Feb. 29 he got his first look at what the program has to offer.


"Junior day was really interesting," he said. "I got the chance to see other players at my position. I really enjoyed myself and was glad to be a part of it."


The day started out with head coach Barry Alvarez giving an introduction to all of the juniors. Then the players got a chance to meet with their position coach and tour the facilities. After lunch, they attended the men's basketball game against Purdue and following its conclusion, returned to Camp Randall to say their goodbyes.


Aker, a 6-foot-3 197-pound defensive back and wide receiver recruit who runs the 40-yard dash in a swift 4.33 seconds, got the chance to talk with defensive backs coach Ron Lee and also was able to meet some possible future teammates.


"I really didn't know too many people, but I recognized a few from the newspapers," Aker said. "There weren't that many from Milwaukee. I talked mostly with Raymond Henderson from Oak Creek High School and Dion Foster, who's a running back from Illinois, at the game."


In addition to receiving a constant flow of letters from Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan State are all showing interest in Aker. He has not received a scholarship offer yet but it is still early.


Football, though, is not Aker's only sport, nor the only sport where he could receive a Division I scholarship offer. Indiana, Penn State, Northern Illinois, North Dakota State and the University of Northern Iowa are all showing interest for basketball. He said that no other football programs have invited him to another junior day but North Dakota State and Northern Illinois have asked him to attend basketball junior days.


Aker's last high school football season ended on a sour note when he broke his left wrist during the second-to-last game of the regular season. He was unable to play in the final game of the year, which determined Brown Deer's fate for the playoffs. The Falcons ended up with a mediocre 5-4 record and missed the playoffs. Before he went down, his 609 rushing yards and 347 receiving yards helped him earn him first-team all conference all district, all suburban (Milwaukee) and honorable mention all state.


This summer, Aker will show what he can do at two junior combines, and Wisconsin's summer football camp. He also is considering attending a Purdue football camp.


All in all, junior day was a success for Aker and he is now keeping Wisconsin on his mind.


"I really enjoyed junior day," Aker said. "I never thought about staying in Wisconsin for school but I am considering it more and more. I'm excited to go back."

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