Cornerback/quarterback DeJuan Tribble received some good news from his high school coach, Bruce Baarendse yesterday afternoon.
His first Big Ten offer came in the mail, and it was from Wisconsin. Tribble has been eyeing up the Badgers over the last few months, but was favoring Boston College and Maryland because Wisconsin hadn't offered him a scholarship.
"That kind of changes things," Tribble said. "I'm starting to look at Wisconsin more now. My mom wants me to look into it, because it's a Big Ten school and my mom wants me to play in the Big Ten. So my mom is liking Wisconsin."
Tribble is excited about this Friday night, because Defensive Backs Coach Ron Cooper and Wide Receivers Coach Henry Mason will be attending his game. Tribble starts at quarterback and cornerback for 3-2 North College Hill High School, a small school in Cincinnati.
The 5-11, 185-pound senior has started both ways for three years, and is already responsible for 11 touchdowns (five rushing, six passing) this season, along with two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 35 tackles on defense.
With Cooper and Mason in attendance, Tribble hopes to put on a show tomorrow evening.
"That's going to make me step it up on the field that much more," Tribble said.
Tribble said he plans on taking an official visit to Wisconsin after the season, along with Boston College and Maryland. Pittsburgh, Duke, West Virginia and Cincinnati have also offered him scholarships.
The Wisconsin offer has changed Tribble's recruiting outlook immediately.
"I've been looking at their media guide, seeing who is going to graduate," Tribble said. "My coach told me they were going to offer, and I was still waiting on them. I didn't really think they were going to offer. But now that they (offered), they've got to jump in the mix somewhere. I plan on going up there and seeing what it looks like. I talked to (Cooper) and he said they are graduating three corners this year. I'm definitely looking forward to it from that (perspective)."
Tribble said his best position is cornerback, because he's been playing it since the age of six and it comes naturally to him. He said he plays a style similar to Charles Woodson.
"I like to get up and bump and run on people, and sometimes back off and play. I can get it done on offense too, that's why I would say Charles Woodson," Tribble said.
Tribble said he would like to major in either engineering or business, and academics are a factor.
"I'll be honest with you. My mom is (researching) that part of it," Tribble joked.
Tribble said he plans on making his decision sometime after his official visits.
DeJuan Tribble Recieves Wisconsin Offer
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