Fumagalli Sees Bright Future

One of 14 official visitors on campus this weekend for the University of Wisconsin, Waubonsie Valley (Ill.) High tight end Troy Fumagalli is excited about the direction of the program and his future Badgers teammates.

MADISON - Like all of his fellow 2013 verbal commits, Waubonsie Valley (Ill.) High tight end Troy Fumagalli had no idea of the turmoil Wisconsin's former head coach caused when he left for a new job on Tuesday. And just like his fellow official visitors this past weekend, Fumagalli was reminded him of why he committed to play for Wisconsin.

"I got to meet and hang out with a lot of the guys that are committed there," Fumagalli told Badger Nation. "It was a great weekend and we had a lot of good things to do. We had to meet up with Coach Barry Alvarez and the whole coaching staff, so it was a real good weekend.

"On Friday we went to a banquet and they had multiple awards. We went out with our host that night. On Saturday we got to watch a practice at Camp Randall and did a tour of the facilities, the dorm rooms and stuff like that. That night we went to the hockey game and (Sunday) morning we had breakfast at Coach Alvarez's house. We had a pretty packed schedule and no time off."

Most of the 2013 recruiting class had this weekend circled for their official visit, meaning the 6-6, 225-pound Fumagalli got some time to pick the brains of his future teammates and see how they liked the visit.

"We all get along really well and me being from Illinois most of them being from Wisconsin, they know a lot of each other already, but are nice kids and look forward to getting to know them even more," said Fumagalli, rated the No.81 tight end in the country by Scout.com. "The feeling I got from everyone was everybody seemed close and really don't see anyone wavering either."

There still is uncertainty with who might be staying or leaving on the coaching staff, but everyone right now is focused on the big picture.

"They didn't really touch on that," he said. "I think the coaching staff that is there now is really focused on getting through the Rose Bowl and winning a championship. I think they will start dealing with that after they get those things done. "

Hosted by fellow tight end Sam Arneson, Fumagalli said the highlight of the weekend was getting a feel of how the program operates on a day-to-day basis. "I got a feel what it is like to be a football player," Fumgalli said. "I really had a great time … had a good time with (Arneson) and getting to know each other."

Focusing his efforts on weight lifting this winter before baseball season starts, Fumagalli will be working on twice a day in order to be ready for the college transition.

"I am just trying to prepare the best I can going into camp," said Fumagalli. "Hopefully we can win another championship in the future."

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