Harrison: "The Crowd Was Jumpin'"

Committing to Wisconsin back in August, Huber Heights (OH) linebacker Josh Harrison made the decision to be a Badger despite never experiencing a gameday atmosphere in person. That experienced changed last weekend, as Harrison took his official visit to Madison.

MADISON - It is difficult to believe what something is like until you have seen it. From the time that Wisconsin started to recruit Josh Harrison, Huber Heights, OH (Wayne HS), the coaches at Wisconsin had told him about the game day experience, and the atmosphere at Camp Randall. Last Saturday afternoon, Harrison was able to experience it for himself.

Harrison came on his official visit for the Michigan State game last Satuday, which the Badgers won 38-30. Harrison recaps his busy weekend in Madison.

"We left after my game Friday night at around 6 o'clock," Harrison explained to Badger Nation. "We checked in and stuff and took a little nap and headed over to the game. Once we got there we ate a little breakfast and then went down onto the game for pre-game. Then we watched the game. After the game then we went to the locker room. Then after the locker room we headed back to the hotel. A little bit later we went to the coach's house and we ate dinner at about five o'clock. Then after that we were just kicking it with the boys on the team."

On his visit Harrison was hosted by another Cincinnati native. "I was hosted by Jeff Duckworth, he was from the Cincinnati area and he went to high school around where I am from," Harrison said. "After the game I hung out with him, Chris Borland, Pat (Muldoon), and a tight end also, I forget his name."

Harrison couldn't believe what he was seeing, and hearing, at Camp Randall was for real. "Awe, shoot, the game was great," Harrison said. "We won, 38-30. That was great and a big win too, I know that. The crowd man, the crowd was great. The crowd was jumpin'. It was crazy."

Had Harrison ever heard or seen a crowd like the one he had seen at Camp Randall on Saturday? "Never," Harrison said. "Never in my life. I went to a few UC (Cincinnati) games before last year and the Wisconsin game just killed UC."

Harrison was joined on the visit by fellow Badger commit Joe Brennan (QB from NJ), as well as uncommitted prospect Sherard Cadogan (TE/LB from NJ) and West Virginia commit Robert Clark (CB from FL). "I think he (Cadogan) liked it and I think he enjoyed it," Harrison said. "I hope he enjoyed it, he seemed pretty cool."

While on campus the coaches reiterated their plan for Harrison. "We have already sort of discussed it, me being at Mack, because there are going to be two seniors next year and I might get red-shirted, but I would be the only one next year, the only one coming in after that," Harrison explained. "I might need to step up then, but whenever I do need to step up, I'm going to be ready."

While Harrison has lead his team a 3-2 record early in the season, he is looking for more success later in the year. He also is trying to find time to visit Camp Randall again. He is looking at games versus Iowa or Michigan for a return trip to Madison.

Harrison has some things to look forward to next season at Wisconsin. "Just the atmosphere for one," Harris said. "Just being up there, being part of the team. I met some of the guys. Love the coaches. The coaches are really cool. I'm looking forward to all of that."

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