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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Badgers commit Alec James plans visits

By Jared Shanker

With all of the coaching departures Wisconsin has suffered in the last few weeks, the Badgers are in danger of losing the state's top overall prospect.

Four-star defensive end Alec James (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield East), the No. 1 senior in Wisconsin, said he is still committed to the Badgers but is going to look at other schools.

"I will be taking my official visits," James said, "but I'm not decommitted."

James committed to Wisconsin in August over Michigan State and Notre Dame, and the Spartans are back in the picture. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound defensive end is looking to officially visit Michigan State in January.

Clemson was another program James was high on back when the Tigers offered, and Clemson is recruiting James again after recently losing defensive ends Elijah Daniel and Robert Nkemdiche. James said he is considering a visit there.

Two new programs in the fold are Florida State and Oregon.

"Oregon was at my school the other day and seemed interested," James said, "and Florida State talked to my head coach and was very interested. They want to get a new D-ends coach and D-coordinator before they send someone to my school."

James was close with Badgers defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, who is joining former Badgers head coach Bret Bielema at Arkansas.