Stinson discusses UW interest

Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.) tailback Xavier Stinson (5-foot-9, 214 pounds) has eight scholarship offers, including four from Big Ten or SEC programs. How much interest does he have in the Badgers?

Xavier Stinson, a class of 2007 tailback prospect, has scholarship offers from Auburn, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Iowa, Florida International, South Florida and BYU.

"Right now I'm just wide open," Stinson said in a telephone interview Wednesday night, while declining to provide a list of favorites.

What does Stinson think about Wisconsin?

"Wisconsin, they are showing me a lot of love," Stinson said. "Wisconsin, they are going to end up being in my top five schools. I'm liking what I'm hearing, what I'm seeing.

"The head coach came down to visit, but I didn't get a chance to talk to him… We had our spring game. So I'm looking forward to talking to him again."

Badger head coach Bret Bielema visited Chaminade-Madonna for the Lions' spring football game, Stinson said, which, according to Larry Blustein of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and, drew about 50 college programs.

Stinson said he regularly receives text messages from the UW staff and talks to the Badgers' coaches over the phone. He expects to take an official visit to the Madison campus in the fall.

Stinson was recently tabbed as the No. 44 class of 2007 prospect in the talent-laden state of Florida. He plans to make his college decision after the completion of his senior season.

"When I think about football (I want to think about) my team now, and then think about (recruiting) later," Stinson said.

With that in mind, Stinson does not plan to visit any campuses this summer.

"We are going to practice the whole summer," he said. "We have a little practice camp in our school. That's what we do every summer. We practice. We don't go out."

Stinson did make one visit this spring.

"I've been to Miami (Fla.) for a junior day," he said. "It was nice. I liked Miami."

However, the Hurricanes are not involved in Stinson's recruitment at this point.

"They really are not talking to me," he said. "But I talked to (head coach) Larry Coker. He's a nice guy. He wants me to play fullback."

Stinson, though, is not interested in playing fullback.

"I don't really like fullback," he said. "I want to go to college for a tailback. That's what I want to play in college."

He said all of his current scholarship offers are for tailback.

"I run between the tackles well," Stinson said. "The previous years, like my sophomore year, getting to the outside was a struggle for me. But now I've opened a lot of eyes getting to the outside and everything."

Stinson ran a 4.81-second 40-yard dash at the San Antonio Combine in January. He said he ran a 4.6 when he was timed May 25, on his last day of his junior year at Chaminade-Madonna.

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