- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
With Wisconsin’s 2013 class nearly filled, the Badgers have their sights set on 2014, and they added a major piece to the puzzle Thursday.
Sturgis (Mich.) 2014 quarterback Chance Stewart committed to Wisconsin, making the decision early Thursday morning after recently visiting the campus for the fourth time.
“I always had a good vibe about Wisconsin and Tuesday I went for a visit and took my mom for the first time,” Stewart said. “It seemed like the place I wanted to play. I wanted to commit on the spot while talking to Coach B [Bret Bielema], but my parents said to wait.”
Stewart did not wait long.
“I woke up (Thursday) morning and knew I wanted to be a Badger and couldn’t be happier,” he said.
Quarterback is a position teams usually fill fast, but even Stewart is setting the pace when it comes to an early commitment. Stewart did not feel like there was any reason to hold off on a decision any longer.
“It felt like the best place for me. I loved the place and love the coaches, so why wait?” said Stewart, who was offered following a camp earlier this summer. “I want to surround myself with those kinds of people, so I said why wait, and now I can focus on the next two years of high school football.”
A 6-foot-5, 210-pound quarterback, Stewart fits the mold of the traditional pocket-passer and what Wisconsin wants in a signal-caller. Stewart said he is not going to beat too many people with his legs.
And because he is not much of a scrambler, Stewart is happy to commit to Wisconsin, which is known for consistently having one of college football’s biggest offensive lines.
“You’re going to have huge offensive lineman,” Stewart said, “the tops in the nation guarding you every Saturday. What’s not to like about that?”
The Badgers already have one offensive lineman committed to the 2014 class. George Panos (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead), a 6-4, 290-pound guard, was Wisconsin’s first 2014 pledge.
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