NCF On The Trail: wisconsin football

Badgers land big back Taiwan Deal

June, 27, 2013
Six-foot-2, 235-pound running back Taiwan Deal (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will play for Wisconsin. The news has been confirmed by multiple reports:


Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia also offered. Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami-FL, North Carolina, Northwestern, Penn State, Rutgers and Virginia expressed interest.

Wisconsin has nine verbals for 2014.
Wisconsin had offered the “Super Six” prospects in the state of Wisconsin months ago.

Dominic Cizauskas was told he was No. 7. He had to show the Badgers' coaches a little more in order to land an offer.

He did that at a camp on Tuesday, and he wasted little time, committing to the in-state Badgers on Wednesday.

“I’ve been working toward this for five months, and it’s been a dream come true,” he said. “Now it’s a no-brainer to accept it.”

The seventh commitment and sixth in-state pledge, Cizauskas said the Badgers are getting a linebacker with a unique skill set.

“I’m 250 pounds, fast, comes downhill but can cover a wide receiver on the outside or in the middle and I’m very physical,” he said. “They like how explosive I am as a player. They said they can see my change of direction on film but couldn’t see that I’m 250 pounds and can run a 4.6.”

FBS programs Minnesota, Ball State and Northern Illinois also offered Cizauskas, but none could match the opportunity of playing in front of his family and home state.

“It means everything,” he said. “My aunt and uncles are so proud and can’t wait to watch me on Saturday.”

CB Sojourn Shelton picks Wisconsin 

October, 10, 2012
Four-star cornerback Sojourn Shelton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation), a one-time Florida State verbal, is now set to play in the Big Ten for Wisconsin, multiple sources report.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Shelton broke the news by changing his name on his Twitter account to "Badger Boy" and posted, "Committed To The University Of Wisconsin #OnWisconsin."

Shelton, who made an official visit to Wisconsin for the weekend of Aug. 31, later told the Sun-Sentinel in a text message, "It was the right time. [Wisconsin] feels like home. I'm ready to end the recruiting and focus on the rest of the season and school."