Bigger is Better

Bigger is Better

With the Wisconsin coaching staff making a move to recruit bigger, taller receivers over the past few years, it only seemed fitting that after he had a solid junior season, the Badgers offered a scholarship to Woodland Hills (PA) High receiver Shakim Alonzo.

MADISON - In an effort to become more balanced and open up the offense, it seems that the Wisconsin coaches are starting to recruit taller, bigger receivers to take advantage of some of the Big Ten's smaller defensive backs. Shakim Alonzo fits that description perfectly. Alonzo is a 6-5, 200-pound receiver from Woodland Hills (PA) High.

Alonzo who will be a senior this coming school year has five schools that currently stand out in his mind.

"My top five schools right now in no particular order are Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Purdue," Alonzo told Badger Nation. "I like Pittsburgh because they throw the ball and they have a couple of my former teammates on their roster. I also like West Virginia, Purdue, and Cincinnati because like Pittsburgh they throw the football."

In terms of Wisconsin, Alonzo is being recruited by recruiting coordinator Joe Rudolph, who has been recruiting Alonzo throughout the spring and summer.

"It's cool between me and coach Rudolph," Alonzo said. "He also sends me information about Wisconsin in the mail, but we try and talk at least once a week. When we do talk, it's about football, school and when I may make an official visit this coming year. We don't have a set date yet but I'm excited to come to Madison because speaking with coach Rudolph, it seems that Wisconsin has a nice campus. I'll most likely come and make my visit to Madison sometime in October."

Although Wisconsin isn't traditionally known as a passing team, that hasn't affected Alonzo's view of the Badgers.

"Rudolph told me that they run the ball so much because they always have a stable of great backs and the run also helps them open up the pass later in the game," Alonzo said. "As a receiver, I obviously like to catch the football, but that's not everything to me. I want to win football games at the college level. I know whatever offensive system I'm in I'm going to succeed."

According to Alonzo, not one college is currently recruiting him harder than another college. Alonzo would categorize himself as a possession receiver, a style that helped him have a productive season a year ago.

"I like catching the football over the middle," Alonzo said. "I had 24 catches last year for 511 receiving yards and five touchdowns."

As for making a decision, Alonzo believes he won't make his decision until after his football season.

"I just want to see if I'm comfortable at the college and if I get along with the other players on the team and the coaches," Alonzo said. "I also have to be able to see myself being there for four years."

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