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2019 RB Patrick Garwo likes Wisconsin’s run game reputation
Wisconsin’s coaching staff was so impressed with running back Patrick Garwo that the Badgers became the first Big Ten school to offer him a scholarship back in May. He now holds nine scholarship offers and has since collected offers from Big Ten schools Rutgers and Maryland.
Garwo, a 5-foot-9, 205-pound junior from Conwell Eagan Catholic in Fairless Hills, Pa., is a special talent who has only just begun to attract college interest. At this early stage, however, he is well aware of the running back tradition at Wisconsin, which could factor in his decision down the road.
“Of course I know they’re really high on running the ball and have a very good O-line and the reputation of running backs,” Garwo told Land of 10. “They produce really good running backs, and they’re really committed to running. That’s something that stands out to me.
“I haven’t been to their school yet. But I want to get there to learn more and experience more and see what they have to offer. Just to be on their campus, see the academic side of it and everything. So far, those are my first impressions.”
Garwo said the most important factor in his decision would be how he and his family are treated during the recruiting process. He also is looking for a school where he can earn a solid education and connect with the football coaches.
Garwo noted his uncle’s family lives in Sun Prairie, Wis., which is less than 30 minutes from Wisconsin’s campus. Garwo intends to visit his uncle for a family reunion next summer. He’ll also visit the university.
As a sophomore last season, Garwo finished with 895 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns in 10 games to earn first-team All-Catholic honors. PennLive.com noted Garwo eclipsed the 100-yard mark in four games, which included a season-best 147-yard performance with 3 touchdowns in the opener against Archbishop Carroll.
“I think I’m very explosive and versatile in our offense,” Garwo said. “I can play the slot and I also can contribute in the backfield. I’m strong. I can run between the tackles. I can make people miss.”
Garwo indicated he was considering every school that had made him an offer thus far, and he intends to see as many schools as he can in the next several months. In addition to the three Big Ten schools, he also has offers from Army, North Carolina, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia and Morgan State. But Wisconsin remains high on his initial list.
“They’re committed to run,” Garwo said. “They always have a really good, big offensive line that would be amazing to run behind. I just like how back after back after back is successful there at Wisconsin. That’s something that’s big on the decision.”
Garwo is one of only three running backs Wisconsin has offered a scholarship to in the 2019 class. The others are Nayquan Wright (Opa-locka, Fla.) and Joachim Bangda (Baltimore, Md.). Garwo said Badgers tight ends coach Mickey Turner has visited his school.
Garwo’s speed and athleticism certainly are eye-catching. His sophomore season highlights open with a 40-yard touchdown run from Garwo in which he sheds a would-be shoestring tackle behind the line of scrimmage, escapes two defenders and outruns the entire defense to the end zone.
But the second highlight is even more impressive. Garwo catches a short pass out of the backfield, runs by three defenders and then hurdles one final defender on his way to a 65-yard score. Here are the full highlights:
2019 TE Elijah McAllister overcomes adversity, talks Badgers
Tight end/defensive end Elijah McAllister’s recruiting story is not typical of most highly coveted high school prospects. The junior has endured two major knee injuries and hasn’t played football since his freshman season.
Still, that hasn’t deterred college programs from flocking to McAllister in droves.
McAllister is a 6-foot-7, 235-pound physical force from Rumson-Fairhaven High School in Rumson, N.J. He holds 21 scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan State, Tennessee, Boston College, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Central Florida, Virginia and Wake Forest. Wisconsin hasn’t offered a scholarship, but the Badgers have expressed interest.
McAllister’s football career has been on hold for more than a year. According to The Two River Times, McAllister tore his right ACL during an AAU basketball trip to Los Angeles in June 2016 after he landed on an opponent’s foot while jumping for an offensive rebound. The injury forced him to miss his sophomore football season. The two-sport star returned 14 games into his team’s basketball season. He then tore his left ACL four games later, on Feb. 2, when he was undercut while leaping for a high pass.
McAllister has been withheld from scrimmages early in football practice this month, but anticipates he’ll be healthy enough to play once his team’s season officially begins.
“I just learned I’ve got a lot of people in my corner helping me out,” McAllister told 247Sports reporter Brian Dohn. “Obviously it was a tough process both times. But anything’s possible. Obviously I’m here now. I’m fully healthy. I’m ready to go.
“But there’s no reason for me to rush and play scrimmages. I’m just going to be ready for the season. I’ve got some schools coming to watch me this year, so I’m excited for it.”
The Two River Times reported McAllister visited several schools in the South in July, including Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State and South Carolina. Auburn and Purdue are expected to visit McAllister for a home game this season. McAllister said he intends to visit South Carolina for its game against Kentucky on Sept. 16.
Most schools, including Wisconsin, are recruiting McAllister as a tight end. McAllister noted Michigan State has been recruiting him as a defensive end and said the Spartans “have the upper hand on schools.” Although Wisconsin has not offered McAllister a scholarship, the Badgers have been keeping an eye on him for some time.
“Wisconsin’s been with me since freshman year,” McAllister told 247Sports. “They were kind of on and off depending on injury, stuff like that, but I think they’re back in the fold. Obviously, Wisconsin is one of those programs that are always good. They always have hard-working kids. They usually only lose about one or two games a year, so that’s big. And they’re in the Big Ten. Great conference. And I know they actually use the tight end a ton as well. That’s big for me. And a pro-style offense, which will help in the long run. I really like Wisconsin.
“They’ve been one of my favorite schools since I was little. I’m expecting to hear a lot from the coaches, obviously, once I play this year. A lot’s riding on that. We’ll see. We’ll go from there. But Wisconsin is one of those schools that are definitely up there.”
So far, the Badgers have offered scholarships to two tight ends in the 2019 class. One was Logan Lee (Orion, Ill.), who committed early to Iowa. The other was Hayden Rucci (Lititz, Pa.), who has not committed to a school.
You can watch McAllister’s full interview below:
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