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This is an addendum to Obasih’s story, which includes his dad coming to America in the 1970s, that will appear in April’s BadgerNation Magazine. The magazine is included in all three month and annual subscriptions.
BROOKFIELD, Wis. - Sitting outside the trophy cases that line the gymnasium at Brookfield Central, defensive end Chikwe Obasih recognized the athletic excellence that has come from his school.
In one trophy case 15 feet to his right sit the school’s state championship trophies, as well as sectional title plagues and hanging banners recognizing great teams. In the trophy case to his left sits signed basketballs from some of the Lancers’ best teams.
Look closely at a couple of them and the autographs of former Badgers football players Joe Thomas, Ben Strickland and Steve Johnson will pop out.
“There’s a lot to live up to here,” said Obasih.
Of the 17 scholarship members of Wisconsin’s 2013 recruiting class, Obasih has been committed the fourth longest, picking the Badgers hours after Walnut Ridge (OH) receiver Rob Wheelwright following last April’s spring game. He’s also been one of the most vocal in the Badgers’ 2013 recruiting efforts.
He helped recruit cornerbacks Keelon Brookins and Sojourn Shelton to Madison, as well as talked to virtually every visitor that came on visits during the football season.
“We’ve all stayed connected,” said Obasih of the ’13 class. “Keelon was the first recruit I met ever. I went to the Nebraska game with him and we ended up sitting next to him on the bus tour around Madison.”
After his high school season ended in late October, Obasih has stayed busy by doing extra athletic training, going to the YMCA and doing college-level workouts with former Badgers tailback Brian Calhoun.
“The big goal is to keep my athletic talents up and make sure I am committed to workouts every day,” said Obasih. “I am doing extra flexibility stuff and working on my agility. That’s the biggest thing. From doing the events like ‘The Opening’ and Semper Fidelis (All-American Game), I noticed that I stood out with my quick twitch and my lateral movement, things I had been working on for all these years.
“I am not the biggest guy or the fastest guy, but I have the potential to be the quickest guy.”
That will be the goal between now and summer when Obasih officially enrolls as a freshman at Wisconsin and begins his pursuit of a degree in actuarial science.
“It didn’t really hit me until my official visit when I was around the players for two days, see how they were treated and being with my future teammates,” said Obasih. “I know it’s going to be hard, but I am going to try to balance that and play football to the best of my abilities.”