Taking Time to Make it Right

Although Wayne High School prospect Josh Harrison had Wisconsin on the top of his list for a couple of months, the talented middle linebacker wanted to be sure he was making his right decision. Four months later, Harrison tells Badger Nation why Wisconsin was the right place for him.

MADISON - In 2010, it has become a trend for linebackers from Ohio to commit to the Wisconsin Badgers. After securing two commitments in July from Ohio linebackers Cameron Ontko and Cody Byers, the Badgers added their third linebacker in the 2010 recruiting class from the state of Ohio.

In today's recruiting, many recruits will commit on an impulse and then end up de-committing because they want to think about it a little more. Sometimes you just have to take your time to make a decision, and it will be the right one.

The Wisconsin Badgers have been the top school on Josh Harrison's list for a number of months. Resisting the urge to commit after his visit and subsequent offer, Harrison took his time to come to a decision that he won't regret in the future.

"I'm definitely excited and I can't wait to be a Badger," Harrison told Badger Nation. "There is no changing my mind. That is one reason why I took so long, really, to commit, was because I wanted to make sure there was no decommit.

"I have known for a little bit, but I decided yesterday," Harrison continued. "I called them yesterday and left a message, but they were out and didn't have their phones on them. I called Coach Doeren today. They said they were fired up. I talked to Coach Bielema right after I talked to Coach Rudolph and he was fired up and ready for me to come."

Harrison (Huber Heights, OH) first visited Wisconsin in April, and then a few days later, he had an offer from Bret Bielema and the Badgers. The Wayne High School standout finished second on his team with 106 tackles and led his team to a 7-3 record.

The 6-foot, 210 pound middle linebacker chose the Badgers over offers from Ball State, Central Michigan and Toledo with interest from Michigan State, Colorado, Vanderbilt, and Iowa.

"One thing I was looking for was a place I could get better and become the best I can be," Harrison explained. "So when we met with the strength coach, I talked to him and he told us what he was about and what his plans were. I loved everything about the strength and conditioning plan. I liked what I heard about Wisconsin and Madison and meeting all the coaches and stuff. Everything about the facilities was nice."

Harrison is currently getting ready for next season. "We just started two-a-days Sunday night and Monday morning," Harrison said. "We are getting better. We have a tough schedule."

What does Harrison bring to the field? "My strengths definitely are that I know what I am doing out on the field," Harrison said. "I go hard and just get the ball. My weaknesses are probably coverage."

While Wisconsin currently has three commitments from Ohio, they would love to add two more from Harrison's team. Terry and Terrence Talbott are being recruited heavily by Wisconsin as well, and the staff just picked up another recruiter.

"They know about it (my commitment)," Harrison said. "They were happy for me. They aren't ready to come yet, but they haven't been too focused on the recruiting process lately. They just have been focused on getting better for this season. They like Wisconsin, definitely. I am definitely going to put some pressure on them. They came up with me to Wisconsin during the summer, and they liked it just as much as I did."

While Harrison made his first visit to Madison this spring, he already has planned a return trip when the Badgers take on Michigan State on September 26.

Harrison becomes the 13th commitment for the Badgers in the class of 2010, sixth from out of state, and third from the state of Ohio.


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