Still Having Positive Impressions

St. Xavier linebacker Sean Duggan has 17 scholarship offers, but two schools are sticking out among the rest.

MADISON - As days go by, memories tend to fade. Whether is be a vacation or a fun experience, the details of the trip tend to become muddled as more things are experienced.

Sean Duggan has done a lot in the last month since visiting Wisconsin, but his vision of the Badgers and of the campus is still crystal clear.

"I am still pretty excited (about UW)," Duggan told Badger Nation. "Some schools after you visit, the experience dies down and you think it was cool. Wisconsin is one of the places that have stayed pretty cool and exciting for me."

Registering 31 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions his junior season for St. Xavier High in Cincinnati, Duggan, a three-star 6-foot-4, 215-pound linebacker and ranked as the 36th-best outside linebacker in the nation by, has Wisconsin and Boston College in the lead solidly over his 17 other offers, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and West Virginia among others.

"I would say probably Wisconsin and Boston College are the top two for me," Duggan said.

Being recruited by Tight End Coach Joe Rudolph, who also recruited former teammates and current UW players Pat Muldoon and Sam Edmiston to Madison, Duggan also recognized that his good friend Jesse Hayes is being recruited by and really likes Wisconsin.

Hayes, a three-star defensive end from Moeller High in Cincinnati, has over 13 offers, but has camped at Wisconsin and has also gotten a good vibe from the coaching staff.

"We've talked a little bit about Wisconsin," Duggan said of Hayes. "Jesse is a really cool guy, really laid back. He is somebody you can get along with it. He's a good player and a player that plays tough."

In terms of his recruitment, Duggan hasn't altered his list dramatically in the last month.

"There really haven't been too many changes," Duggan said. "Things have slowed down a little bit. I am just trying to focus on St. X football and narrow my list down a little bit. I don't want to rush my decision because I want to find a place that I am going to be happy at for the next four years."

The relief for Duggan can be heard in his voice when he talked about not going to the mailbox and having 15 handwritten letters awaiting his response. The time under the radar has allowed Duggan to take in a lacrosse competition with his team in Baltimore.

"It could have been my last time playing lacrosse because I am not sure if I am going to play next year," Duggan said. "It was really hot out there. One time we got in the car and the temperature said 119 degrees because of the heat wave, but it was fun to play with kids all over the country."

Duggan, who might take an official to Michigan, Virginia, Duke or Cincinnati, plans on taking an official to BC on October 2nd when the Eagles play Notre Dame. For his trip to Wisconsin, Duggan is having trouble picking the best game to come to.

"Wisconsin's entire home schedule seems like a good game," said Duggan, who can't attend the Ohio State game because of a schedule conflict. "I would like to attend a Big Ten game. It should be a great event. I am going to try for Minnesota. It's a fun rivalry."

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