Out of Nowhere

With limited scholarship numbers and minimal top-notch in-state prospects for 2010, the Wisconsin coaching staff is going outside of their usual realm in search of quality talent. Playing in the shadow of a five-star recruit, outside linebacker Troy Gloster is starting to emerge from the recruiting darkness.

While playing in the shadow of Jelani Jenkins, Florida signee and five-star recruit, might make it difficult to shine, junior outside linebacker Troy Gloster (Olney, MD)has made the most of it.

After recording almost 60 tackles and 9 sacks during 2008 at Our Lady Good Counsel H.S., Gloster has seen his stock continue to rise around the country.

There are a few things that have made Gloster stick out from the crowd. "I think I am very aggressive," Gloster told Badger Nation. "I think my speed and athleticism are definitely my strengths. I can play side line to side line."

"Right now I have offers from Boston College, Iowa, Stanford, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and North Carolina," he continued. "I also get a lot of mail from NC State, Pittsburgh, Duke and a lot of the ACC schools."

Although he has plenty of interest, Gloster is taking his time. "I'm looking at everybody," he said. "I don't have any favorites right now, but I am excited about anybody that is looking at me. Growing up I was actually a big North Carolina fan. So when they offered me, I was really excited about that."

However, there have been a few schools that stand out from the crowd. "West Virginia and Stanford. They are recruiting me the hardest. I received hand written letters from Coach Shaw, who is recruiting me from Stanford", Gloster said. "Also, I received hand written letters from every coach on the West Virginia's coaching staff.

"I'm looking for the total package. I'm looking for good academics and a place I feel welcome" explained Gloster. "Of course I want to play somewhere somewhat early, but I ultimately want to be some place, if I'm not playing football, I feel comfortable in."

Gloster thinks his size and skills project to OLB at the next level, and most schools also think so. "All of the schools that have offered me have offered me as an OLB", Gloster explained. "There are a few schools like Virginia and Vanderbilt that are recruiting me as a strong safety. The majority of the schools and the ones that have offered are recruiting me as an OLB. I would like to play OLB, just because I am so familiar with it and I have played my whole high school career there."

As for his plans for summer, Gloster has a few things in mind. "Right now I am going to be headed to the Nike camp at Penn State in May. Other than that I am going to take quite a few visits to schools that have offered me, schools I am interested in, and just get a feel for the environment on campus."

Gloster's most recent offer came out of nowhere. It came from up north and the Big Ten. "To tell you the truth, it was a total shock to me" Gloster said. "I had never talked to anyone at Wisconsin or gotten mail from Wisconsin. They offered me on Saturday (March 27). My coach called me and said, ‘Hey Wisconsin offered you.' My coach had talked to them a lot and told them to watch my film."

While he hasn't talked to a particular coach at Wisconsin yet, he does have a good impression of the program. "I don't know much about Wisconsin. I know over the years they have been a pretty solid powerhouse, big football school, in the Big Ten", Gloster said. "Actually, growing up my favorite football team was the Green Bay Packers. I would love to get a chance to go up to Wisconsin sometime."

Gloster wasn't the only one that Wisconsin has targeted. "(I know)Wisconsin also offered Louis Young, E.J. Scott, and some others. My coach gave me Coach Cooks' number, and I will be calling him pretty soon."

So when will the Maryland junior make his decision? "I would like to make a decision before the season starts, but I'm not going to rush it at all", explained Gloster.

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