June 9, 2008

Partridge extends offer in Florida

When Charlie Partridge was added to the Badger staff during the off-season, Wisconsin obtained the services of another assistant coach with recruiting ties in the state of Florida, a hotbed for prep football talent.

Already serving as the lead recruiter for a handful of prospects in the 2009 class, Partridge, UW's first-year defensive line coach, recently extended an offer to Jayron Hosley, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback from Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic.

"Yeah, they offered me a full scholarship about two weeks ago," the four-star recruit told BadgerBlitz.com Monday night. "Coach Partridge, the short guy, he's my coach from Wisconsin."

In addition to Wisconsin, Georgia, Auburn, USF, Vanderbilt, FIU, FAU and Iowa State have all extended offers, according to Hosley.

"Florida I think could offer soon; Michigan and Florida State are off and on," said Hosley, who had 41 tackles, five interceptions and five touchdown receptions as a junior. "Right now I'm looking at each school equally and I'm going to take my first three visits and go from there. I plan on taking all my visits and checking out each school."

Though a confirmed visit is not yet planned for Madison, Hosley is familiar with a program more than one thousand miles away from his hometown.

"Actually, my dad's friend has a receiver that plays for Wisconsin (Xavier Harris) and I've watched him a little bit," said Hosley, who admitted he grew up rooting for Florida State. "I've watched a few of their games-I can't say I've watched all the games-but I've watched a little bit."

With no timetable or geographic preference in regards to his decision, Hosley is still in the initial stages of his recruitment.

"Right now, whatever school I feel at home at is where I'll go," he said. "I'm not in a hurry. I know my family is going to support me with whatever I do, so staying in or out (of Florida) isn't a big deal for me."

In addition to Hosley, UW has offered seven (known) cornerbacks in the 2009 class: D.J. Hunter, Steve Williams, DeAndre Byrd, Abdul Smith, Steven Terrell and Marcus Trice.

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