A Different Kind of Madison

With Wisconsin football beginning its third week of spring practice Tuesday, it allowed the Badgers the opportunity to host a number of unofficial visits still on spring break. One of those players is Madison High athlete Valdez Showers, a talented two-way athlete that already has a scholarship offer from the Badgers.

MADISON - After the Wisconsin coaching staff had come to visit his 'Madison,' Valdez Showers only felt it was right that he schedule a visit to see their 'Madison' on the Spring Break Midwest tour.

One of six athletes Wisconsin has offered from the state of Michigan, Showers was the first of that group to visit Madison for spring practice, and came away impressed with his tour on Tuesday.

"Everything was real peaceful," Showers told Badger Nation. "The academic facilities are very good, and it's a big campus. The practice was very put together. There weren't any false steps and real smooth. I liked it a lot."

Part running back and part cornerback for Madison High (Madison Heights, Mich.), rushing for 1,542 yards and 20 touchdowns and making 42 tackles and 12 pass breakups as a junior, Showers made sure to pay close attention to Secondary Coach Chris Ash and Running Back Coach John Settle and their interactions with their players. Needless to say, he was impressed.

"The cornerback coach goes step-by-step, teaching everything they need to know in order to make them a better cornerback," Showers said. "He's just trying to comfort them and stay with them. They were focused on their jobs and their footwork the entire time.

"The running backs coach did a lot of footwork drills, trying to get the guys to go in and out of the reach of the linebackers. It was impressive."

Showers, a three-star running back by Scout.com, was also able to spent time talking to Wide Receivers Coach DelVaughn Alexander, in charge of recruiting Michigan and the one who came out to see and offer the 5-foot-11, 168-pound athlete.

"It's a cool relationship," Showers said of him and Alexander. "Very cool. He's a real cool guy. I was excited when he offered me because Wisconsin is one of the top schools academic and sports wise."

While most schools, including Wisconsin, are recruiting Showers as a cornerback, Northwestern and Bowling Green said they wanted to use him and his 4.57 40-yard speed at the running back position.

"As of yet, I don't have a preference playing either position," Showers said. "I was going to let this year play out and figure out where I felt more comfortable. I am equally good at both, but I feel like I am better with the ball in my hands."

Even if Showers feels he could be a better running back at the college level, he said he's not planning on picking a school based on the position they offer, but based on the total feel of the program.

"It's just got to play out for me," Showers said. "Everything has got to click for me, not just the position I am playing."

Showers holds no favorites from his offer list of Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Northwestern, Toledo and Wisconsin and strong interest from Michigan. After visiting Madison Tuesday, Showers will head to Evanston to watch the Wildcats practice Thursday morning and then visit Cincinnati Thursday and Friday.

Even with all the visits this week, Showers isn't planning on making a quick decision.

"I have no timetable," Showers said. "If I feel that I want to commit to a school and that's the right school for me, I will do it no matter what time it is. I am just going to go through everything and have a good time."


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