Chikwe Obasih is exactly the type of player that Bret Bielema wants to target on the recruiting trail.
The day after Wisconsin's spring football game at Camp Randall, the Badgers received a commitment from in-state defensive end Chikwe Obasih. The junior at Brookfield Central HS is either a four-star or three-star recruit, depending on your preferred recruit rating service. Obasih, who received offers from Vanderbilt and Yale, will clearly bring the type of academic pedigree to Madison that the Badgers adore. He intends on entering the actuarial science and risk management majors in the School of Business.
Allen Trieu of Scout.com describes Obasih as a likely weakside end in college who just needs to add strength so he can effectively play the run: "An edge rusher who is light on his feet, Obasih has shown the athleticism and agility to make it tough for offensive linemen. He has a good spin move and his overall quickness is tough for would-be blockers. He shows good ability in pursuit and does not quit on plays."
Obasih was the second four/three-star recruit to commit to Wisconsin on Sunday, as Ohio WR Rob Wheelwright verbally committed to the Badgers earlier in the day. Scout rated Obasih the second-best Class of 2013 prospect in the state of Wisconsin. I've posted a video with some of his high school highlights at the end of this post. He is exactly the type of player Bret Bielema wants on his team- smart and talented.
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Here's that video full of Obasih highlights that I promised: