Fumagalli Updates his Status

One of many Wisconsin verbal commitments to receive last scholarship offers, Waubonsie Valley (Ill.) tight end Troy Fumagalli is planning an official visit to North Carolina State, which has three former UW coaches on its new staff. What does that visit mean for Wisconsin and its new staff?

MADISON - Days after officially taking the Wisconsin football head coaching job, Gary Andersen's first priority was to reach out to all 17 verbal commitments to the 2013 class to let them know their future and the Wisconsin program was going to be in good hands moving forward.

Waubonsie Valley (Ill.) High tight end Troy Fumagalli was one of many commits to get recognized from other schools and plan on taking other official visits to evaluate other options. Although there were rumblings of him de-committing, Fumagalli says he is still committed after having a solid conversation with Andersen. "I spoke with Coach Andersen last week and I am really excited about what he had to say," Fumagalli told Badger Nation. "There are probably some rumors because I was offered by North Carolina State and will be taking a visit out there.

"Obviously there is naturally some uncertainty when the whole coaching staff leaves and you don't know what the new coaching staff will think of you. However, after speaking with Coach Andersen, I feel good about what he had to say and look forward to meeting him and the whole coaching staff in person."

The 6-6, 225-pound Fumagalli – rated the No.83 tight end in the country by Scout.com - doesn't see the visit out to North Carolina State next weekend as anything detrimental, but wants to see some of the coaches he got to build a relationship with. "I was recruited by Dave Doeren at his previous school," said Fumagalli, who has also heard from Boston College and Stanford. "He has also added members to his staff that I have built relationships with over the past year from Wisconsin and other schools. They also offered me a full ride scholarship. The N.C. State coaches know the situation and have asked me to visit anyways, so I agreed."

Even with the visit and other interest, Fumagalli believes his conversation with Andersen all uncertainty away and feels that Wisconsin where he will be playing the next four years.

"Wisconsin is where I want to be," Fumagalli said. "I want to be there. There are very few places that compare with Wisconsin. It'll be good to meet with the new staff in person and see how they feel about me as a player.

"My commitment to Wisconsin is very sincere and I am hopeful to become a full scholarship member of the team with Wisconsin. I truly believe Coach Andersen is a great choice to take over this program and can't wait to see him get to work."

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