A Major Visitor

The atmosphere in Camp Randall this Saturday night is going to be nothing less than spectacular which will suit Bret Bielema just fine. Not only is this a big game for the Badgers as they take on rival Iowa in primetime but Wisconsin will welcome several official visitors including top-ranked linebacker Jon Major.

"This is going to be my third official visit." Jon Major told Badger Nation. "I've already been to Oklahoma and Colorado. I'm going to Wisconsin this weekend and I don't have anything set up after that. I'm open right now."

Major a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder, from Ponderosa high in Parker, Colo., has every school, north, south, east and west pursuing him and the Badgers are happy to be in his top three.

"I think it was this time last year that I heard from Wisconsin and they offered me a scholarship." Major said. "Coach (Mike) Hankwitz and Coach (Dave) Doeren are recruiting me.

"I've been to Madison on a few different occasions already. Madison is a nice city, I liked the campus a lot. Good atmosphere. Good education. The Badgers have a good tradition, great program and I like the coaches a lot."

Ponderosa coach Randy Huff says having one of the nations most sought after prospect could be a distraction but that's not in the case with Major.

"Jon has handled himself perfectly," Coach Huff said. "He's totally concentrated on our team and winning a state championship. I wish we had a few more years with him. He's young but very mature for his age.

"Jon is being recruited as a linebacker but he plays what we call a "Colt" or "Rover" position which allows us to utilize his athletic ability. We can line Jon up at strong safety in a cover 2 and that will look like he's playing middle linebacker.

"This "colt" position was created with a guy like Jon in mind. We have the ability to move Jon around the football field where we want him so he can make plays."

Major comes to Madison this weekend with an open mind. He has had a few people in his ear about staying home and playing for the ‘Buffs but he's taking things in stride.

"I'm not getting a lot of pressure," said Major. "You have people hint at playing for Colorado once in a while but it's no big deal. I have offers from all over the country.

"Wisconsin, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon and Tennessee just to name a few so I need to have an open mind right now, I don't have a time-table to make a decision."

Major comes from an athletic family. His father is a former football player for Rice University and is now the wide receivers coach at Ponderosa. Jon's sister is also a talented athlete.

Major, Scout.com's No. 1 ranked strong side linebacker, said he will talk to Badger Nation later this weekend. Stay Tuned.


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