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Alec James Wise to Stick With Wisconsin Badgers

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin high school football defensive player of the year will be playing college football in his home state in the fall.

Defensive end Alec James (Brookfield, WI/Brookfield East) reassured everyone that he will be playing for the Wisconsin Badgers and new head coach Gary Andersen at the next level. The announcement comes with a sigh of relief from Badgers fans and coaching staff as James reopened his recruiting after former coach Bret Bielema bolted south to become the new head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans were two programs who came calling once Bielema left trying to persuade James to their school. Back on January 11th James flew out west and took an official visit to the Ducks. Coaches and fans were on edge for most of December into January as they were unsure as to just where James was going to wind up.

It’s a very wise decision for James to stay put in Wisconsin. This past weekend James not only visited with coach Andersen, but also defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who Andersen brought with from the Utah State Aggies,  to go over just how James would fit into their defensive schemes and also to see what type of defense they would be running. Aranda coached one of the best defenses in all of college football last season.

James was a monster on defense during his senior season, recording 11 sacks and 97 total tackles. It was no accident what Andersen and Aranda did with their time as coaches with the Aggies, and that will translate well in Madison and will mean only great things for James. Will he make in instant impact with the Badgers? That I’m not sure of, but I do know that once his time is done with the Badgers he will end up making more of an impact than he would have at the other schools recruiting him. Great decision by James and great job from the Badgers coaching staff to keep him on board.