A Solid Relationship

Victories are nice, but it's the people that make the program what it is. Curie Metropolitan (Ill) defensive end James Adeyanju saw that characteristic first hand, a main reason the top defensive end in Chicago made Wisconsin his pick to play college football.

MADISON – While UW verbal commits Ray Ball and Trayion Durham were smitten by Wisconsin's big victory over Ohio State, a victory that helped convince them to commit to the Badgers, James Adeyanju wasn't.

Adeyanju wasn't even swayed by Wisconsin's big road victory over Iowa. The reason? He already knew he was going to commit to Wisconsin, win or lose.

"Honestly, those games had no impact on me," Adeyanju said. "Over the last few weeks, I wanted to go to Wisconsin no matter what. It was great that they beat those two schools, but I would have gone there if they lost."

Originally wanted to make his decision in December, Adeyanju, a three-star defensive end ranked No.36 in the country, picked Wisconsin on Tuesday over a host of other scholarship offers, namely favorites Boston College and Nebraska (his other two official visits) and Arizona, Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Syracuse, Vanderbilt.

"I talked to my coaching staff and we finally sat down and talked about it," Adeyanju said. "We really didn't talk about recruiting much. The more we talked about it, I realized (Wisconsin) is where I want to go. It's where I wanted to go for a long time. Ever since they offered me, I liked the coaches, the players and I felt comfortable. I felt like I can go there and succeed."

The 6-foot-2, 249-pound Adeyanju (Curie Metropolitan (Ill) High) was recruited by Secondary Coach Chris Ash and is the Badgers' first scholarship player out of Chicago since O'Brien Schofield, a player Adeyanju befriended and communicated with during the process.

"My brother is in the NFL, but OB gave me a lot of advice about what he did his senior year of school, about the coaching at the college level and about the school," said Adeyanju, mentioning his older brother, Victor, who played at Indiana and with the St. Louis Rams. "OB is a great player and a real great guy."

Having visited Wisconsin during the summer, Adeyanju became a Wisconsin lean after his official visit on Sept. 18 for the Arizona State game.

"I just wanted to get on campus and hang out with the guys," Adeyanju said. "I felt pretty sure, about 95 percent sure, but I wanted to check out Nebraska and Boston College, but I was pretty sure."

After checking out Boston College on Oct.2 and Nebraska on Oct. 16, Adeyanju knew he didn't need to take any more visits.

"Wisconsin gave me that right feeling," Adeyanju said. "Nebraska was beautiful, also, but I felt comfortable there (UW). Coach Ash is a great guy. He was straight up with me during the process, which I appreciated. I have good relationships with a lot of people (at Wisconsin)."

The top defensive end on Wisconsin's 2011 recruiting board, Adeyanju becomes the 17th verbal commitment and he's poised to be the hardest working one of the group.

"I am going to work as hard as I can in the offseason and once I get there, I am going to work as hard as I can," Adeyanju said. "I am a guy that loves to rush the passer and get to the quarterback. I feel I have good quickness and speed to take on the linemen, but I am a guy that just wants to work and get better."


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