June 18, 2009

Madison trip may be in the making for Barton

It's been well noted that the University of Wisconsin has made a solid impression at one of the nation's top high school programs.

Charlie Partridge, entering his second season as defensive line coach at UW, is back in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., roaming the halls of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in search of the next great prospect.

Earlier this week, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with another one of UW's targets at STA, Jermaine Barton, to discuss his current recruitment and interest in the Badger program.

"I have an offer…I haven't spoke with them in about a week," stated the 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle. "But, I talk to my recruiting coach from Wisconsin a lot.

"I like Wisconsin, it's a real nice school. I've heard Madison is really beautiful. I haven't had the chance to get up there. My mom and I are discussing a trip up north. So, it might be in the making."

Aquinas, which won a national champion last season, is once again loaded with talent. UW has already offered Barton's 2010 teammates Vinnie Mauro, James C. White and Cody Riggs.

"Currently, a few schools that might possibly offer me are Miami, Florida and Michigan State," he said. "I went to Florida's camp last Sunday. It went real good and the coaches liked what they saw."

Partridge, a native of Florida, has ties at Aquinas and lured both Conor O'Neill and Dezmen Southward away from the Sunshine State in 2009.

"It definitely helps to know there are kids from my school already up there," Barton said. "Dezmen is one of my really good friends. We played on the same basketball team. He said he really likes it up there in Madison.

"I still play basketball at St. Thomas. Also, I play some AAU basketball. The footwork I've developed in the post has really translated to the football field. It also keeps me conditioned."


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