March 2, 2009

Costigan high on UW

With over 65 schools interested in his services on the football field, 2010 prospect Kyle Costigan has plenty of options at the next level.

The defensive lineman will, however, have to wait a little longer if he hopes to play for the top team on his list.

"We actually have everything all organized and I've gotten mail from over 65 different colleges," Costigan told Sunday night, a few hours after returning home from Wisconsin's annual junior day.

"I've gotten hand-written letters from UCLA and North Dakota State. I also got invited to a Georgia game last season. Alabama and Purdue are involved and I've got a hand-written letter from them (Purdue). Northern Illinois invited me to their junior day, but that was today, so I couldn't go. But I think Wisconsin would be my top choice by far. It's just an awesome program in every way, so I think it would be nice to be so close to home."

Costigan, along with the other 31 juniors in attendance, may have to wait until summer camp before earning an offer from the Badgers in a class that could have a limited amount of scholarships.

"The visit went real well, I didn't get offered or anything, but we went there and were able to talk to the coaches and stuff," said Costigan, who reported the Badgers were recruiting him as a defensive tackle. "We went to the basketball game and we just sat around and talked to our individual position coach. That was pretty much it.

"I was actually talking to Coach (Charlie) Partridge and he said there were 32 juniors there. He (Partridge) said this class is just as good as any class in the past, even though they didn't make any offers, at least to the linemen and everything. I think that we have to go show that we can get it done at camp and some offers would come up."

Costigan, a first-team all-Southeast Conference North Division standout as a junior, recently wrestled current Badger signee Tyler Dippel in the first round of the WIAA Division I state tournament this past weekend.

"I actually just started wrestling this year, and one of the guys they had commit (Dippel) I wrestled against in the first round of the tournament," said Costigan, who defeated Dippel, 10-4. "He was a cool kid and I got to talk with him a little about Wisconsin."

UW currently has two known offers extended to defensive tackles in the 2010 class: Beau Allen and Daniel Noble.

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