One Visit Seals the Deal

While he did his due diligence by going through the recruiting process, Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic running back Taiwan Deal knew where he wanted to play college football after visiting the University of Wisconsin in April.

Originally planning a busy summer of visits to try and find which college was going to be the best fit for him, Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic running back Taiwan Deal really only needed one.

Visiting Wisconsin during the spring, Deal was blown away by the visit to the campus and getting a chance to meet the coaching staff, see the campus and the brand new facilities. And while he thought about committing at that point, Deal patiently went through the process, looked at other schools and met other coaching staffs.

"I felt like I did the recruiting process well," Deal told Badger Nation. "My father told me that good things happen to those who wait. I finally told my father that I waited long enough and I'm ready."

After sleeping on the decision Monday night, Deal announced his intention to commit to the University of Wisconsin Tuesday morning. A three-star recruit ranked the No.54 running back in the country by Fox Sports Next, the 6-2, 225-pound Deal became the ninth commitment in the 2014 class, picking UW over offers from Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and others.

The realization for Deal on where he wanted to play came on a drive back from Purdue over the weekend.

"I liked their campus, but I just felt like it wasn't the place for me," said Deal. "I felt like Michigan State wasn't the place for same. Same with Virginia Tech and other schools. I felt like overall Wisconsin was that place for me. I feel comfortable with my decision and I'm really happy."

Deal's first order of business Tuesday morning was to call running back coach and recruiting contract Thomas Hammock. The two had built a solid relationship over the past few months, which includes talking on almost a daily basis. It was one of the easiest phone calls he's ever made.

"It was super easy," said Deal. "We have a really good connection. I called him up and I started the conversation out normally. Then I surprised him by telling him I am committing to the University of Wisconsin. He just went crazy on the phone, hollering and stuff like that."

The second order of business in the morning was to get some new workout gear.

"I'm looking online to order a shirt and some shorts," said Deal.

The final order of business is to set up a return trip and hopefully bring some of his teammates. Wisconsin has offered three other players from Deal's high school, including wide receivers Chris Jones and Cameron Phillips. Both Jones and Phillips have Wisconsin among their top five.

"I don't want to pressure them into making a decision they don't want to make, but those are my teammates and I am a part of Badger Nation now," said Deal. "It's all about getting our class strong so we can continue to win Big Ten championships and be in the Rose Bowl.

"I think Cam and Chris are two of the elite receivers in the nation. They'll be a great addition to Badger Nation, so of course I'll be in their ear and see where their heads are at."

Finishing last season with 125 carries for 955 yards (7.64 yards per carry) and 21 touchdowns, Deal is ready to start improving his game for the Badgers without the pressure of the recruiting process on his shoulders.

"Taiwan Deal is going to show up and he's going to play," he said. "I like to score, so I am going to get things done. I have a lot to improve on before I ever get to Wisconsin, but what you do as a player is improve on your craft."

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