Big Weekend Earns Big Commitment

Wisconsin Head Coach Bret Bielema said after the Badgers' 31-18 victory that the win in front of a house full or recruits would pay dividends. He was right, as the first big payoff came Sunday. Go inside to read the exclusive from Badger Nation!

MADISON - On the drive back home in Cincinnati, one phrase kept running through Trayion Durham's head as he recalled his official visit to the University of Wisconsin.

"It was a blast."

With Wisconsin being his favorite since the middle of summer and with his official being such a success, Durham called the coaching staff today to give the Badgers his verbal commitment.

"It was a relief for me, a big relief," Durham told exclusively to Badger Nation. "I love school, I love the coaches, I love the atmosphere. I love everything about it. I can't wait to play there. I wish I could start now because it is unbelievable."

Durham fills a big need for Wisconsin, who had missed out on other top running backs in the Midwest. Hailing from Colerain High, Durham – ranked as the No.3 fullback in the country by Scout.com - rushed for 1,113 yards and 14 touchdowns his junior season, and grabbed scholarship offers all over the country.

"I was pretty tired going up there in the morning but after having my family meet the coaches and starting to look around, I was getting excited," Durham said. "It was pretty fun walking around campus and feeling the excitement. After going to eat, meeting other recruits and going to the game, it was just an amazing weekend. It felt a lot like home and I knew it was the place to be.

Hosted by Frank Tamakloe on Friday and Dezmen Southward on Saturday, Durham got showed around to different campus areas and got all of his questions answered. The big question Durham did have, however, was about Wisconsin's running game and how they would look up close and personnel.

With John Clay rushing for 104 yards and two scores and James White adding 75 yards and a score, the group didn't let him down after having success against a good run defense.

"John Clay running was amazing," Durham said. "I like John Clay. I got to talk to him and me knowing somebody that's playing at such high of level at a school I am going to is so amazing. He's a great person and it's so surreal, even looking back on it now.

Durham chose Wisconsin over offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, North Carolina State and Ohio. He is the 14th verbal commitment for 2011, the seventh from out of state and the first from Ohio.


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