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4-star S Moses Douglass ‘loves’ Wisconsin
Safety Moses Douglass has no shortage of college options. He holds 28 scholarship offers, which includes eight Big Ten schools, as well as Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky and Louisville, among others. But one school that has begun to stand out is Wisconsin, which offered him back on Oct. 16.
That’s according to Douglass’ father, Maurice, who is Moses’ football coach at Springfield (Ohio) High School. Maurice told Land of 10 that Moses intends to take an unofficial visit to see Wisconsin’s campus over spring break in late March or early April. He also anticipates that his son will return to campus for an official visit.
“He loves it,” Maurice said. “He’s starting to strike up a pretty good relationship with Coach [Jim] Leonhard. Moses says he talks to him at least once a week, sometimes more than that. I know he likes the direction of the program and the team. He’s excited about it. I know that he wants to get up there. So we’re going to try to get up there during our spring break.”
Moses Douglass is a 6-foot-2, 186-pound junior who is a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. He ranks as the No. 9 player in Ohio and the No. 25 safety. Douglass was a third-team All-Ohio Division I honoree this past season. According to the Springfield News-Sun, Douglass was second on the team with 65 total tackles and amassed 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions and 1 forced fumble.
Maurice said one strength of his son’s game is his high football IQ
“He watches film on his own every night before he goes to sleep,” Maurice said. “I didn’t even know it until I asked him one day. He was like, ‘Dad, they’re going to do this out of this set. When they line up in this, they’re going to do this play.’ I was like, ‘How do you always figure that out?’ He said, ‘Dad, every night, I watch film before I go to sleep.’
“The year before that when he was a freshman, we would watch together. Then I just watched him. Last season, it just took off for him with all his film study and all the things that he did on his own. It just really manifested itself.”
Moses Douglass’ junior-season highlights
Moses Douglass already has become quite familiar with Wisconsin’s football program. His high school teammate was wide receiver Danny Davis, who picked the Badgers on National Signing Day in 2017 and quickly developed into a key component to the team as a freshman. Before Maurice Douglass took over as coach at Springfield in 2014, he coached at Trotwood High, where one of his players, wide receiver A.J. Jordan, signed with Wisconsin.
Maurice has a history with Badgers coach Paul Chryst and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph. Chryst signed two of Maurice’s players at Trotwood when he coached at Pitt. Linebacker Bam Bradley is now with the Baltimore Ravens, while linebacker Nicholas Grigsby is with the New England Patriots. That history has resonated with Moses as he goes through the recruiting process.
“Just seeing those guys, seeing the development and seeing them be successful off the field as well as on, I think that’s the thing that has made it exciting, made him like it even more,” Maurice said of his son’s interest in the Badgers. “He’s known Coach Chryst and Coach Rudolph since he was maybe in the sixth or seventh grade.
“It’s helped out a lot. I think it shows a comfort zone with them as far as trusting some of the things that they may say, opportunities that may present themselves at Wisconsin.”
Maurice played safety at Kentucky before going on to an NFL career with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants from 1986-96. Kentucky is among several schools in the mix for Moses as he and his father continue to map out potential campus visits.
“At the end of the day, it’ll be his decision that’s made,” Maurice said. “He’s looking at some spots that he thinks he’ll fit good in. He’s definitely going to visit Wisconsin on an official.”
Badgers offer 2020 RB Kendall Milton
Kendall Milton, a 6-2, 210-pound sophomore tailback from Clovis, Calif., tweeted Tuesday that he had earned a Wisconsin scholarship offer. He becomes the second running back in the 2020 class to pick up an offer from Wisconsin, joining Miles Friday (Stone Mountain, Ga.).
— Kendall Milton (@therealkmilt) February 27, 2018
Milton already has 23 scholarship offers and is considered a USC lean. Some of his other offers include Alabama, Baylor, California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Utah, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, USC and UCLA,
As a freshman in 2016, Milton carried 65 times for 478 yards with 6 touchdowns in 8 games at Buchanan High School. Milton tallied 1,514 total yards and 25 touchdowns in 2017, according to his Hudl video. Milton is listed as the No. 5 running back in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports.
Badgers offer 2019 OLB Kane Patterson
Outside linebacker Kane Patterson’s recruitment has been on fire in the past month, and Wisconsin is the latest school to offer him a scholarship. Patterson is a 6-1, 212-pound junior from Nashville, Tenn., who holds 24 scholarship offers.
— Kane Patterson (@kane_patterson4) February 27, 2018
In the past six weeks, Patterson has earned offers from Missouri, Ohio State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Patterson earned the Crimson Tide offer while attending Alabama’s junior day on Feb. 24.
According to The Tennessean, Patterson rushed for 1,003 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. He also recorded 64 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception and a blocked field goal.
Patterson is a 247Sports composite 4-star prospect who is rated as the No. 13 outside linebacker in the 2019 class.
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