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January 28, 2012

Musso goes in depth

Funny enough, when Bret Bielema called Waunakee, Wis., standout Leo Musso Wednesday evening, the two-star athlete politely asked if he could call him back.

He was about to partake in his Warrior football banquet. That's when he thought about what he just did.

"I was thinking about that this morning," Musso told BadgerBlitz.com on Friday. "What was I thinking? I should have committed on the spot. I guess it was more of a shock to me that I had to settle down a little bit.

"It actually took a day for me to settle down."

Musso called his future head coach back in a matter of hours and that's when Bielema extended the offer. Approximately 24 hours later, Musso was a Badger.

"I knew it was the right choice from the beginning," he said.

Musso, who has played three games inside Camp Randall Stadium as part of the WIAA state finals - - his Waunakee squad won all three - - becomes the 12th verbal commitment of the 2012 recruiting class.

He'll sign his official letter of intent Wednesday morning on National Signing Day.

According to Musso, Bielema told him he would let him try his luck at running back, but with a stable of tailbacks already on the roster - - highlighted by Heisman finalist Montee Ball and incoming recruit Vonte Jackson - - Musso understands the likelihood of him catching on somewhere else.

"This is the game I love," Musso said. "I'm not in love with the position. I'm in love with the game. I'm more than willing to move around wherever I need to in order to contribute. Whether it's special teams or defense. Wherever they want to move me.

"I'm excited."

The 5-foot-10 Musso was originally scheduled to take a visit to the Paul Chryst-led Pittsburgh Panthers this weekend. They were obviously recruiting him hard, as was Dave Doeren's Northern Illinois squad.

"I just knew Wisconsin was the right place from the beginning," Musso said. "So I committed. I knew that I didn't need to take that trip out there."

Credit that to then graduate assistant, and newly hired full-time assistant, Ben Strickland and graduate assistant Luke Swan. They were the primary contacts with Musso throughout the majority of this process.

"Those were the guys that I was more social with," Musso said. "I haven't really met the new coaches yet. I look forward to doing that here in the near future."

He also seems to be very comfortable with Bielema, who is about to enter his seventh season coaching the Badgers. When Musso helped his squad complete the three-peat in mid-November, he completed his undefeated reign inside Camp Randall.

When Bielema offered a scholarship, Musso was quick to point out an interesting fact.

"The thing that I told coach Bielema was this," Musso said. "How many guys do you have on your current team that are undefeated at Camp Randall before they come play there? He got a good laugh out of that.

"I just hope to continue the winning tradition there."



 

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