Three Big Options for Musso

Three Big Options for Musso

After waiting months to get his first scholarship offer, Waunakee (Wis) athlete Leo Musso went from no offers during his playing career to four offers in the past three months, including offers from Pittsburgh and Wisconsin this week.

MADISON - On a scale of 1 to 10, Waunakee (Wis.) running back Leo Musso says the call he received Wednesday night from Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema was ‘above and beyond' a perfect score.

"I was super excited to talk to Coach Bielema and get that scholarship offer," Musso told Badger Nation. "It's a great place, obviously, and it's a real joy to get that offer."

The offer was a culmination for Musso (5-10, 190 pounds) on what has been an 11-month process with the Badgers coaching staff. First catching the staff's eyes during UW's Junior Day last February and again during Wisconsin's high school summer camp, Musso waited patiently while UW evaluated his 2,398-yards, 39-touchdown senior season and its own recruiting class.

With recent de-commitments for Wisconsin, Bielema felt it was necessary to upgrade Musso's offers from a three-for-five walk-on opportunity to a full scholarship, especially with a couple of familiar coaches closing in fast.

"I just wanted everything to take care of itself," said Musso. "I am not a big man that is going to call a coach 10,000 times a day. I figured that if I took care of business on the field, in the classroom and at their camps, something good would have come out of it.

"Coach Bielema just said that he wants me to come play for them and that he was super excited about the deal. Just coming from a house visit, they want to bring me in as an athlete. Whether it be playing receiver, running back, kick returner, punt return, defense or whatever. It's a good deal."

Musso said he is deciding between three schools and the coaches of the other two have a familiar ring to it. On one spectrum is former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren, who offered Musso his first Division 1 scholarship offer in November. After having an in-home visit with Doeren last week, Musso took his official visit to Northern Illinois last weekend.

"I loved it down there," said Musso. "I loved being around all the guys. A lot of the guys I knew of and the coaches are great down there."

The other school in the mix is Pittsburgh led by first-year head coach and former offensive coordinator Paul Chryst. Having seen Musso in person, Chryst will extend Musso his first BCS scholarship offer after he comes on his official visit this weekend.

"I'm heading out there to see what it has to offer and hoping for good news every step of the way," said Musso. "I've talked to the former Wisconsin coaches, who are the guys who recruited me, and I was happy that they still called me. I haven't met the other coaches yet, so it's basically the other Wisconsin coaches (Bob Bostad and Joe Rudolph) that know about me. It's interesting. That's for sure."

A little over two weeks ago, Musso proclaimed his decision ‘a challenge,' having to decide between a full scholarship offer from the Huskies and a delayed scholarship from Wisconsin. Now with three full offers on the table given to him by three coaches that have known of him for years, the challenge of the decision has become even tougher.

"I am hoping my heart leads me to the right decision," said Musso. "I am still trying to figure everything out."

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