Another Reason to Boast

After talking virtually non-stop about his positive visit to Wisconsin, Wayne linebacker Josh Harrison has another reason to talk about the Badgers.

MADISON - Ever since Josh Harrison got back from his spring visit to Wisconsin, the Wayne high school junior linebacker can't stop talking about the positive experience he had touring UW's program.

On Wednesday, Harrison had another reason to fall in love with the Badgers, as assistant coach Joe Rudolph extended Harrison his first scholarship offer.

"It's always been a goal, a dream to play Division I football" Harrison told Badger Nation. "I've been working since middle school to get the chance and I am very blessed."

Coming up to Madison with Wayne football head coach Jay Minton to watch one of the Badgers' spring practices, Harrison was taken aback by the athletes the Badgers possessed, the surrounding area of the campus and down-to-earth attitude or Rudolph and head coach Bret Bielema.

"It is a very nice area and it's an incredible stadium," Harrison said. The practice was impressive with the players being competitive and gritty. They all have a big work ethic, which was impressive.

"The first time I met (Coach Rudolph) was when I went to the spring practice," Harrison said. "I haven't had a lot of chances to speak to him since but from the one time I did meet him, he was real cool. Coach Bielema is a great guy, too and he is real honest with you. I like them and I like what they have told me."

Finishing second on the team with 106 tackles last season, Harrison was a standout on Wayne's defense last season, as the junior, who is coach compares to former Buckeye linebacker James Laurinaitis, possesses the ability to make plays from sideline to sideline for the Warriors.

"He's one of those kids that you can't say enough great things about him," Minton said. "He's very aggressive and his athleticism is solid. He's working on his speed and explosiveness and he's only going to get better when we move him into the middle this year."

Added Harrison: "I dedicate my play to the Lord, who allows me to be a hard worker. I always know someone out there is better than me and somebody can play better than me. Even if they are better than me, I don't think they are going to out work me."

The week only got better for Harrison, as his two best friends, Terry and Terrence Talbott, were offered their first scholarship by the Badgers on Friday morning. Meeting for the first time in second grade when they played on opposite football teams, the three amigos , as Minton calls them, became good friends in middle school and do virtually everything together.

"It means a lot that we have the chance to play together," Harrison said. "We didn't expect it to come this early, if at all. We've been talking about it before about the chance to go to the same school. We've been playing football together for ever and for that to continue would be a dream come true. They're brothers, and they consider me to be their brother."

While the dream may stay a dream, Harrison and the Talbott brothers have a great chance to see their scholarship offers skyrocket over the next several weeks, as Colorado, Florida, Miami (Fl), North Carolina, Oklahoma State and West Virginia are all planning on coming to watch the pair workout, some probably having scholarships with their names on it.

For the time being though, Wisconsin is on the top of the list for Huber Heights' Three Amigos.

"It's hard enough for kids today to get scholarships," Minton said. "For them to get ones to the same school at that caliber of school like Wisconsin, one of the best programs in the Big Ten, it's pretty special."

Added Harrison: "We'll definitely factor into each other's decision. We would really like to go to the same school, but we'll see what happens."


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