Platteville athlete has Wisconsin offer

Louis Nzegwu, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound multi-position prospect, has three scholarship offers after receiving one from in-state Wisconsin yesterday. A dynamic athlete, Nzegwu could be close to making his college decision.

In an afternoon session at a University of Wisconsin football camp yesterday, Louis Nzegwu showed the Badgers' coaching staff all they needed to see.

"I have an offer from Wisconsin now," Nzegwu said in a telephone interview this afternoon. The Badgers are the third team to offer the 6-foot-3, 225-pound class of 2007 prospect from Platteville (Wis.) High School, joining Indiana and Western Michigan.

Nzegwu has also received heavy interest from several other Division I programs, including Illinois, where he had intended to camp today but chose not to make the trip, and Nebraska. In early May, Nzegwu told Badger Nation that the Cornhuskers were his favorite. That is no longer the case.

"I was thinking Nebraska was (going to offer) but it doesn't really matter to me anymore because I'm thinking Wisconsin," Nzegwu said.

"I'm going to wait like a week or so and then make my commitment," he added.

Nzegwu simply wants to give himself a little time to make sure he has made the right decision, but he was obviously excited to have received the UW offer.

After participating in the camp yesterday, Nzegwu received his offer from UW head coach Bret Bielema.

"I just went up to Coach Bielema's office and they offered me a scholarship," Nzegwu said. "They said I was a pretty athletic, natural athletic athlete, and that's the type of athlete they want, a really tough guy. And I can play multiple positions."

"I was excited," he said, when asked his reaction to Bielema's offer. "I was waiting for an offer. I wanted them to offer me for a while… I was excited."

Why does Nzegwu like the UW program?

"It's in state and it's closer," he said. "I like the tradition up there."

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.

He could play defensive end, linebacker, wide receiver or tight end in college.

"Coach Bielema asked me which position I wanted to (play) and I wasn't for sure," Nzegwu said. "I'm thinking more of a defensive end or linebacker up there, though I did play some wide receiver on 7-on-7" at the Wisconsin camp.

Said Nzegwu: "I was a wide receiver at Indiana (camp) and then I did D end for most of the time at Wisconsin and then they just had a 7-on-7 and they threw me in there and I played (wide receiver)."

In the past, Nzegwu has said he would prefer to play offense in college, but today he said he has no misgivings about competing at any position he is asked to play.

"I have no hesitations," he said. "I have a lot of work to do on the D end position because I didn't play defense this previous season. I just played one way and special teams. I really have no hesitation playing the D end position or linebacker."

What did Nzegwu think about UW defensive line coach Randall McCray?

"He was pretty energized," Nzegwu said. "He was hyper."

Playing defensive end for most of his camp experience at Wisconsin, Nzegwu said he went up against Sun Prairie (Wis.) offensive tackle Chad Henning (6-8, 320 pounds) "once or twice" and St. Francis (Wis.) standout Josh Oglesby (6-8, 312), a five-star prospect, the nation's No. 3 offensive line recruit and a UW verbal commitment, "the most."

"(Oglesby) is a big guy," Nzegwu said. "I used my speed and quickness around him to get the best of him, but he's definitely one of the best in the state, if not the best in the country, I mean. He's definitely the best in the country."

Asked to clarify how often he got the better of Oglesby, Nzegwu said, "once or twice."

Nzegwu is an exceptional athlete. At a combine in Schaumburg, Ill., last month, Nzegwu ran the 20-yard shuttle in 3.98 seconds, the 40-yard dash in 4.47 and the 3-cone in 7.01. His vertical jump was 42 ½ inches and he broad jumped 10 feet, 11 ¼ inches. He also completed 14 bench-press reps at 185 pounds.

Nzegwu did not participate in any testing in Madison yesterday; that took place during the morning session, while he only attended the camp in the afternoon. Nzegwu has also participated in a one-day camp at Indiana and made an unofficial visit to Western Michigan while the Broncos where hosting a one-day camp. "I basically just looked at (WMU's) whole entire campus because they've seen me test out and stuff like that before," he said.

Nzegwu does not plan to attend any other camps this summer or make any additional unofficial visits.

"I'm pretty happy with where things are right now," he said.

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