Positive Marks from Ho Ching

In the last recruiting cycle, Wisconsin Defensive Coordinator Dave Doeren opened up the recruiting lanes into East St. Louis and Missouri. Now, Doeren is heading west after one of the fifth-best player in Utah, Toloa'i Ho Ching. With UW in his top five, Ho Ching was one of the many recruits on campus for UW's season-opening win.

MADISON - As the Badgers began a new season, UW replaced two starters at linebacker and have begun to look for replacements on the roster, as well as in the class of 2010. While the Badgers have already gained commitments from three linebackers from Ohio (Cameron Ontko, Cody Byers and Josh Harrison), they have turned to a state much further West for another linebacker.

Toloa'i Ho Ching, from Utah's Alta High School, has had an offer from the Badgers for months. The offer has landed the Badgers in Ho Ching's top five, which also consists of UCLA, BYU, Utah and Stanford.

While the Badgers are the furthest school away from Ho Ching's hometown, last weekend the Badgers received Ho Ching's first official visit due to their willingness to recruit the linebacker relentlessly. "They would probably be the ones recruiting me the hardest right now," Ho Ching told Badger Nation.

Ho Ching, rated a three-star prospect and the 39th-best outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, was very busy in Madison. "When we got there Saturday afternoon, they took us to lunch with the players before they went on the field," Ho Ching said. "Then we went on the field and we watched the game against Northern Illinois. Then after that I went and hung out with A.J. Fenton, one of the linebackers, and we hung out with a lot of the guys. I actually hung out with a bunch of the starters, the defensive players. Then the next morning they took me to a church service. We came back and I got a tour of the facilities and I got to talk to the coach."

While he was in town, Ho Ching got to know Coach Bielema a little better. "We just were talking about me personally, what kind of person I am," Ho Ching said. "We got to talk about him too and I got to find out a lot about him. He is an interesting guy, very down to earth and relaxed. He's not like all the other coaches. He is on game day, but other than that he is a great guy."

While he talked with Coach Bielema on his visit, he has been speaking with another member of the coaching staff more frequently. "My main recruiter is Coach Doeren," Ho Ching explained. "He is a great guy, man, I can't say enough. He went so far out of his way to make sure I was so comfortable and I was more than comfortable."

The Badgers certainly made an impression on the 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker from Sandy, Utah. "My favorite part of the visit was the whole visit in general," Ho Ching said. "I learned a lot. Coming from Utah, I got to see a big change in the defense and the people."

While the Badgers are the furthest away from his hometown, location may not be as big of a factor as some may think. "Yeah it is going to be a change, but it is not going to be a factor at all," Ho Ching explained. "Change just makes you stronger. If I do decide to go to Wisconsin I know I will be fine there."

Ho Ching doesn't have a time line for a decision. "I actually have no idea," Ho Ching said. "I am focused on my team and trying to repeat a championship."

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