Looking Good for Kurt Ware

Kurt Ware said he liked his Wisconsin visit better than Arizona State, and he has not been offered a scholarship by his third finalist, Florida. Things are looking good for the Badgers in their pursuit of the Texas tight end.

Kurt Ware said Thursday night he has narrowed his list of schools to three - Wisconsin, Arizona State and Florida. He is considering visits to Texas A&M and Pittsburgh in January, but said both of those schools will not factor into his decision.

Florida is the school his parents would like Ware to attend, but the Gators have not offered a scholarship and Ware said there is no indication they are planning to give him a full ride.

The 6-5, 240-pound tight end/defensive end from Klein Oak High School (Spring, Tex.) was heavily considering Texas A&M until R.C. Slocum was fired.

"I would not consider walking on," Ware said. "If they don't offer me a scholarship, it would come down to Wisconsin and Arizona State."

Ware visited Arizona State on Dec. 13, one week after his trip to Wisconsin, where he was hosted by fellow Texas native Jonathan Welsh.

He compared the two schools, and said the Badgers lead.

"I liked Wisconsin better than Arizona State," Ware said. "I kind of like the coaches. They seem really together. I liked the players too. Besides it being cold, there is nothing really wrong with it. I think the cold weather is something you would just get used to. So that's not something that will (affect) my decision."

Ware plans to make his decision following his trip to Florida Jan. 24. The Gators are recruiting him as a defensive end, which is his position of choice. Wisconsin wants him exclusively as an athletic tight end.

"They really want me at tight end, and I would play there, but I would rather play at defensive end," Ware said. Ware said his parents want him to play at Florida, but have left the decision 100 percent in his hands.

He was invited to attend the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, but Ware's basketball season conflicted with the game. Ware's team lost its first district game last night, falling to 8-9 on the season. Ware is averaging about 10 points a game as the starting power forward.

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