Traylor Eliminates One

Over halfway through his five official visits, Walnut Ridge (Ohio) defensive end Austin Traylor has eliminated one of his five finalists.

MADISON - With Wisconsin getting verbal commitments from two defensive ends in the past week, it would appear that Austin Traylor is no longer an option for the Badgers' 2011 signing class.

Traylor, a 6-4, 215-pound prospect that recorded 82 tackles and 14 sacks last year for Walnut Ridge (Ohio) High, is over halfway through his three official visits, having visited Wisconsin on Sept. 18, Michigan on Oct. 16 and West Virginia on Oct.23.

Of those three visits, Taylor has already eliminated one off his list.

"My top four are Arizona, Cincinnati, Michigan and Wisconsin," Traylor told Badger Nation. "West Virginia is a little bit smaller town and I liked the campus, but I really don't think it's for me."

With the commitment of James Adeyanju and Jesse Hayes, the Badgers are up to 18 verbal commitments and are only expected to take two or three more players. With the coaching staff still pursuing three players from Dwyer (Fla) High, a couple offensive linemen and some defensive tackles, Traylor, a three-star defensive end rated No.77 in the country by Scout, is still being pursued by the UW staff, even with the recent recruiting events.

"Coach Rudolph said that they want to take two or three defensive linemen and that they still want me to consider them," said Traylor, who also visited UW during summer camp. "They're a great program. They're about winning. When I went up there, I just enjoyed it on campus."

Michigan was another visit that Traylor has high marks on. Visiting when the Wolverines took on Iowa, Traylor got a chance to mingle with plenty of the players, including quarterback Denard Robinson, on why they chose to come to Ann Arbor.

"It was pretty cool," Traylor said of the visit. "It was fine. I enjoyed it up there. I had a good time when I was up there at Michigan. They told me a lot of little things about the program and how things would work for me if I went there. Michigan is a good program. I can fit in there."

Traylor's finally two visits are to Arizona on Nov.13 when the Wildcats take on USC and a trip to Cincinnati on Dec.4 when the Bearcats take on Pittsburgh.

"Arizona is a program that has been winning," Traylor said of his upcoming Arizona visit. "The coaches are great. I like Coach Kish a lot, and I just want to go out and take a closer look at the school.

"After that visit, I think I'll have an idea of where I am going to go."

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