May 5, 2009

UW back in the New Jersey area

Under now-athletic director Barry Alvarez, the University of Wisconsin maintained a strong recruiting presence in the Northeast.

Continuously plucking players out of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York became the norm for the Badgers during the Alvarez regime. However, since Bret Bielema took over in 2006, UW has slightly shifted its attention to states such as Texas, Florida and Ohio.

That said, Wisconsin is slowly going back to their roots, searching the Northeast for the next potential star.

Monday night, BadgerBlitz,com caught up with Doug Rigg of Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic to discuss his recruitment and the Badgers reemergence in the state of New Jersey.

"An assistant coach from Wisconsin came down last Monday," stated the 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker. "They told my coach that they were really impressed with my film and that they were going to stay in touch.

"Then the next day I got an e-mail, it said that the Wisconsin family was really impressed with my film and that they we would like to offer me a scholarship."

With four other offers in-hand from Rutgers, Maryland, West Virginia and Iowa, Rigg admittedly has not been able to research the Badgers just yet.

"To be honest, I don't know a whole lot about the program," he said. "I haven't had a lot of time to research the school or program. I know it's a great program with a very strong tradition. I'm really excited to have another opportunity on the table."

Although it's early in the process, Rigg has been able to make spring visits to Maryland, Rutgers and Iowa.

"The Iowa trip was real great, just the campus and the atmosphere," Rigg explained. "I've been to Rutgers a good amount since I live close by. Yeah, Rutgers is real nice. The facilities are up to date; everything looks real great over there.

"I didn't get a chance to see everything at Maryland," Rigg continued. "I actually went down recently to watch the spring game. I hear a lot of great things about Maryland. I'm going to make sure I check it out in more depth."

Rigg, who plays both running back and linebacker, has yet to make a trip to Madison. That said, expect to see his face on campus some time this summer or fall.

"I definitely want to get out to Madison," he said. "If not this summer, I'm going to take an official visit to Wisconsin. I'd like to get out there to watch a game and check out the school. If a school like Wisconsin asked me to camp, I'd consider going out there for a few days just to see what they have to offer."

As a junior, Rigg made 65 tackles and registered seven sacks on defense. Offensively, he carried the ball 30 times for 500 yards and nine touchdowns.

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