After receiving a scholarship offer from Wisconsin, it didn’t take long for defensive lineman David Pfaff to commit to the Badgers. Pfaff received the offer Tuesday, before announcing his commitment later in the evening.
While his quick decision to commit after receiving the offer wasn’t surprising, the timing of the offer was. Wisconsin was expected to wait to evaluate him at an upcoming summer camp before making an offer to him, but decided to pull the trigger on it early.
Pfaff, who attends Homestad High School in Mequon, Wisconsin, becomes the Badgers’ sixth commitment in the class of 2015, but is its first from a defensive player. He joins quarterback Austin Kafentzis, wide receiver Andrew James, offensive lineman Jon Dietzen, tight end Kyle Penniston, and offensive lineman David Moorman.
“Today I was offered a full ride scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and committed,” he told Evan Flood of 247Sports.com, who first broke the news of his commitment. “I can’t explain my emotions right now.”
Pfaff earned all-state honors last year as a junior while playing on a Homestead team that went 12-1. He recorded 35 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks while playing as a defensive tackle in the Highlanders’ 4-3 scheme. Gary Andersen’s Badgers run a 3-4 defense, but Homestead coach Dave Keel thinks Pfaff will be able to make the transition to the new scheme just fine.
“He is so quick, any one of the three D-line spots that the Badgers have, I think he would be exceptional at,” Keel said.
It’s not known for sure what position Pfaff will play for Wisconsin quite yet, but it’s expected that he’ll bulk up and be a defensive end. If so, he’ll have the chance to add himself to the list of Homestead alumni that have had success in college at defensive end.
In fact, two former Highlander defensive ends were selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft, with Stanford’s Ben Gardner and Illinois State’s Shelby Harris picked by the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders, respectively.
While Pfaff was quick to accept the Badgers’ offer, he received offers from a handful of other schools as well. This list includes Iowa State, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Northern Illinois, Illinois State, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, and Western Michigan.
In addition, he also garnered interest from teams such as Ole Miss, Michigan State, and Missouri.