Muldoon Gives UW an Early Holiday Present

Despite getting offers from over 30 schools across the country, Ohio defensive end Pat Muldoon felt that Wisconsin was the right fit for him, ending his recruitment and giving the Badgers their 18th member to the Class of 2009

MADISON - Before Wisconsin boards its charter plane to Orlando for Saturday's Champs Sports Bowl Monday morning, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema and tight end coach Joe Rudolph got an early Christmas present from Ohio.

St. Xavier defensive end Pat Muldoon, told Rudolph, his recruiting coach, that he is giving his verbal commitment to the Wisconsin Badgers, a source close to Muldoon informed Badger Nation on Sunday night.

"Everything to him felt right and he (Muldoon) wants to help lead them (UW) to a new level"

The Cincinnati native narrowed his final five down to the Badgers, Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke and Virginia from a list of over 30 schools that offered a scholarship. All five schools in his final five Muldoon took a visit to, including coming to Wisconsin on October 4.

As a junior, Muldoon earned Second Team All-State (Ohio) First Team All-District (Southwest Ohio), First Team All-City (Cincinnati), First team All-League (Greater Catholic League). He tallied 75 tackles, 16 for a loss, 12 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, one interception and 32 QB pressures.

A 6-foot-4, 255-pound prospect, Muldoon was rated the No. 33 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com and becomes the 18th member of Wisconsin's 2009 class and the sixth defensive lineman.

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