Interest rising for Wisconsin prospect

Platteville's Louis Nzegwu is a dynamic athlete who is being recruited at four positions

Louis Nzegwu, a 6-foot-2 ½, 219-pound athlete at Platteville (Wis.) High School, is a prospect to watch in the class of 2007. Nzegwu has a scholarship offer from Western Michigan and he is receiving interest from Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Division I-AA Illinois State.

As of a telephone interview Wednesday night, Western Michigan, Wisconsin and Northern Illinois and Illinois State had made spring-evaluation-period stops at Platteville. WMU, which made its scholarship offer about a month ago, called Nzegwu Wednesday night, and he was looking forward to receiving phone calls from the rest of the aforementioned programs before the conclusion of the current calling period.

"Illinois has a lot of interest in me," Nzegwu said. "About two weeks ago they took my film and evaluated me, and we started talking about offers…The Big Ten has a lot of interest."

Nzegwu was a second-team all-conference running back as a junior at Platteville. He rushed for 1,607 yards and 16 touchdowns on 250 carries, and returned eight kicks for 323 yards, including a 94-yard touchdown return.

In addition to running back, schools are looking at Nzegwu as a potential wide receiver, tight end or defensive end. He said the Badgers, for instance, are recruiting him as tight end/defensive end prospect. Nzegwu said he would prefer to play offense in college.

Asked if he has a favorite currently, Nzegwu said he is trying to let the recruiting process play out further, but, he said, "I went down to Nebraska for their spring game and I really liked the atmosphere down there… If I was to say if I had any favorites, it would be a Nebraska, No. 1. Because I went down there and it was pretty nice."

Nzegwu also visited Wisconsin for its spring game and took in a spring practice at Illinois.

This spring he attended the adidas combine in Madison, Wis., and the Midwest Combine in Brookfield, Wis. His best marks from those two events included an incredible 40-inch vertical jump, a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump, a 7.49-second 3-cone drill and 15 reps at 185 pounds on the bench press.

Nzegwu also runs track at Platteville, and reported personal bests of 6-4 in the high jump, 44-0 in the triple jump and 10.8 seconds in the 100 meters. He also competes in the 400 relay and occasionally in the long jump.

Nzegwu plans to attend one-day camps this summer at Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Nebraska.

Born in Natchez, Miss., a small city on the Mississippi River about 100 miles southwest of Jackson, Miss., and 90 miles north of Baton Rogue, La., Nzegwu has lived in Platteville for most of his life.

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