Duggan Carries on St. X Tradition

A football factory for Division 1 recruits the last three years, college coaches make it a point to stop at St. Xavier to see the next talented prospect on the rise. Over the last several months, no St. X player has seen his recruiting stock rise more than Sean Duggan.

MADISON - Drive around the state of Ohio and one is bound to come across a number of solid high school football programs. Drive to Cincinnati and you might find one of the best programs in the state in terms of producing Division 1 football talent – St. Xavier.

Turning out over 10 highly-ranked D1 recruits the last three recruiting cycles, the athletes competing in that program improve going against top competition everyday in practice, a main reason Sean Duggan has developed the way he has.

"It all starts at the top with respect and our team philosophy of getting just a little bit better everyday on the field or the weight room," Duggan told Badger Nation. "We've been blessed with a lot of good character guys and good coaches that help players reach their full potential."

Measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 215 pound, Duggan, a three-star linebacker and ranked as the 68th-best outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com, has been getting scholarships at both the outside and inside linebacker position, a credit to the versatility he brings to the front seven.

"I think I play with a high motor," he said. "I always play at full speed and I think I have good pass coverage skills. I am pretty good at rushing the passer, but I know I need to get more physical in the run game to show that I can get up and stop the play."

Registering 31 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions his junior season, Duggan's recruitment started to really take off in early April, as surprise offers from Michigan, Boston College and Wisconsin started rolling in.

"A lot of the schools that offered surprised me because I didn't think they would be looking at me," said Duggan, who has a total of 16 offers from the likes of Arizona, Louisville, Minnesota, West Virginia and others. "I am very blessed for everything that has happened to me."

Duggan knows some about Wisconsin, seeing as former teammates Sam Edmiston and Pat Muldoon decided to commit to Wisconsin during the 2009 recruiting cycle. Being recruited by Tight End Coach Joe Rudolph, the relationship between them has convinced Duggan to take a closer look at Madison.

"I am thinking I am going to take a visit there in early June because I don't know too much about Madison," Duggan said. "I want to see the campus and take a look at the football team."

Although it's early in the recruiting process, Duggan has already seen plenty of campuses. He's visited Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke and North Carolina, visited Kentucky and Purdue for Junior Day and went to Notre Dame's spring game, all of which allowed him to find another program – in addition to Wisconsin – that stand out on his list.

"I have visited Boston College and there's a comfort factor there," Duggan said. "There's something about that place that feels kind of right. I like the staff, it has really good coaches, great academics and the campus is beautiful. It's up there on my list."

With summer plans to head up to Madison and out to UCLA when he visits his family, Duggan is not going to do any camps to focus on summer lifting and finding the right campus fit.

"I am thinking right now that I want to do it before the season just so I can get it out of the way and focus on state," Duggan said. "When I know it's the right school, I won't hesitate to pull the trigger on it but if I am not completely sure, I am not going to pick a school just to pick one."

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