The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Figaro chose the Badgers over Michigan State and Syracuse. In all, he had more than a dozen FBS offers, and last summer had named a final five of his final three, plus Boston College and Vanderbilt.
"The coaches, the way I felt around them, I felt back at home," Figaro told ESPNBoston.com. "The atmosphere there, the players, they treat me well. The coaches there provide everything for me to succeed in life.
"If you can't go to the NFL, you've got a good degree at Wisconsin. I'm probably going to do sports management."
Alluding to his high school team's nickname (Crimson Tide) and colors (red), Figaro added, "They're a Top 25 team in the country, they're aggressive, and I bleed red. I bleed the color red."
Figaro is the No. 4 overall prospect in Massachusetts according to ESPN RecruitingNation. He most likely projects as a safety for the Badgers, though there is a chance he could fit at nickel or cornerback. Figaro runs a 40-yard dash in the 4.5 range and has a reputation as one of the state's most feared hitters from the secondary.
Through two games this season, Figaro has 15 tackles, four passes deflected and a sack. Last season, alternating between safety and slot corner, he started all 12 games for the Tide as they won their third straight MIAA Eastern Mass. Super Bowl, registering 37 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions.
Wisconsin scooped up one of Figaro's former teammates, Jakarrie Washington, on the 2013 signing day. Figaro said Washington -- who is currently seeing time at cornerback as a true freshman -- was a heavy influence in recruiting him to Madison.
"He's a good friend of mine. He was recruiting me pretty hard to join him over there," Figaro said.