Badgers Discover Gem in Nzegwu

Badgers Discover Gem in Nzegwu

Last spring, there wasn't much hype surrounding Platteville running back Louis Nzegwu. In fact, he didn't receive contact from Bret Bielema and his new staff until April. It wasn't but a few months later that Nzegwu received a scholarship offer from the Badgers, and eventually committed. Now, Nzegwu looks to be a sleeper in the Badger's class of 2007.

At six-foot-three, 224-pounds, Louis Nzegwu possesses size and a frame to add weight.

Having been timed at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash, in addition, to recording times of 3.98 and 7.01 in the 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill, respectively, he also possesses athleticism and upside.

Not to mention, he recorded a vertical jump of 42'5 and a broad jump of 11-0 on the same day while attending the Adidas Combine held in Madison last spring.

It was shortly after that performance, Wisconsin showed their initial interest.

"I was playing running back as a junior, and only made 2nd team All-Conference," Nzegwu informed BadgerNation.com.

"Around the time of the combine, I was just getting into the process. I knew I didn't have the numbers or accolades to back myself up from my junior season so I attended combines."

"After the combine, Coach (Bob) Bolstad called me, but I missed it, and was only able to listen to his voicemail. I went over to their spring game and that my first chance to talk with him at the brunch held. He didn't mention anything about an offer, but was persistent in wanting me to attend their camp."

Nzegwu received an offer from Western Michigan during the May evaluation period, and also received requests from Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, and Nothern Illinois among others to attend their respective summer camps.

He was only able to attend Indiana's before making his way to Madison for a one-day camp, and the Hoosiers made no reservation in offering Nzegwu as an athlete.

"When I got to Wisconsin's camp, they had me workout at defensive end," added Nzegwu, who holds a 2.7 and scored a 19 on the ACT. "It was my first time playing the position since my freshman year, but everything went smoothly."

"After the session was over, I went up with my mother to talk with Coach (Bret) Bielema in his office. Coach Bielema told me he liked my aggressiveness out on the field, and my quickness. He said, "Well, Louis, I'm offering you a scholarship", and after he said that I forgot about everything else."

Nzegwu made his verbal commitment to the Badgers, and hasn't looked back.

It helps that his cousin is sophmore Jack Ikegwuonu, a starting cornerback for the Badgers.

Eight games into his senior season, Nzegwu has rushed for 1,155 yards and 12 touchdowns in helping lead Platteville to a perfect record (8-0). Oh yeah, he's also being used as a defensive end in passing situations, and has recorded six sacks.

Nzegwu went much further in-depth with BadgerNation.com regarding his recruitment in this Exclusive Report offered to BadgerNation subscribers.

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