Fumagalli Sells the Program

One of many visitors to Wisconsin's victory over Illinois, Waubonsie Valley (Ill.) senior Troy Fumagalli recaps his unofficial visit and his conversation with South Plantation (Fla.) tailback Alex Collins.

MADISON - In the divisional showdown between Wisconsin and Illinois, the Badgers showcased their campus, atmosphere and environment to a couple of official and unofficial visitors. Just as important was Wisconsin having a few verbal commits on campus, including Waubonsie Valley (Ill.) High senior tight end Troy Fumagalli, the latest verbal pledge to the 2013 recruiting class.

"The visit went great, the game day atmosphere at Camp Randall is unbelievable," Fumagalli told Badger Nation. "I got to speak with Coach Ash and Coach Faulkner after the game just talking about the season so far for Wisconsin and also how my season is going."

The 6-5, 225-pound senior tight end saw some things that highlighted his visit, but that doesn't mean he didn't get the chance to chat with some other recruits, including South Plantation (Fla.) five-star tailback Alex Collins.

"The atmosphere at Camp Randall continues to impress me," said Fumagalli. "I also like how the team fought the whole game and finished the game strong. I got the chance to meet some future teammates and potential commits as well which was great. I sat right by (Rochester (Ill.) linebacker) Garrett Dooley during the game, so it was great getting to know him. I got to meet a couple of guys who were on official visits. One was a running back from Florida named Alex Collins. It seemed like he was having a good experience, but of course I told him I look forward to playing with him in the future.

"I just talked to (Collins) about where he was from and how his season was going. The coaches do a great job recruiting, so I'm sure our chances are pretty good."

Committing to Wisconsin on September 12, Fumgalli feels eyes have on been him all season, and he is living up to that commitment by being very versatile on both sides of the ball.

"It's been going well so far, we are 6-1 and lost last week in double overtime," said Fumagalli. "We have a lot of talent and have a good chance at making a run for a state championship. I have been playing good this season, we run the ball a lot, so we have been focused on being physical with my blocks. I have done well receiving, too. I am just trying to make plays and not go down easy when I touch the ball. I have played a number of positions on defense this season as well. So far I have played defensive end, outside linebacker and safety. They keep moving me around and it's been fun."

Saturday will not be the only game Fumagalli sees himself attending this season.

"I plan on visiting another game or two," he said. "My brother still needs to see the school and it's always great to meet some future teammates. My two brothers who both played in college, and one of them has not seem the school yet, so I plan on visiting with him."

What will the under the radar tight end commit bring to the Badgers?

"I will bring a great work ethic and toughness," said Fumagalli. "I enjoy hard work and look forward to joining the team."

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