Contemplating a Wisconsin Official

Focusing on his last junior college season, Mesa (AZ) Community College defensive tackle Claude Pelon takes a break from practice to talk about how the Badgers could break-up his top two.

Defensive tackle Claude Pelon is not thinking too much about his 11 offers right now. Instead, he is focused on his final junior college season at Mesa (AZ) Community College.

The 6-5, 275-pound athlete has been working hard to improve his game all summer, claiming that he never lacks in motivation after getting a second chance to play college football.

"I've been doing a lot of foot work and hand word," Pelon told Badger Nation. "Also, focusing on my eye-hand coordination. I watch a lot of film to study our opponents. I work out constantly. It's been a busy summer … (but) I'm ready every single day to get up and grind. My mother motivates me. Coming from a low-income house, I want to make my family's living situation way better than what it is now. Also, I want to make mine way better than it is."

Focused on family and football, Pelon is graduating in December and has two years to play two. The four-star recruit by Fox Sports Next will then jump straight into spring training and practices.

Acknowledging that Nebraska and Washington are his top two schools and he is planning officials to both in the fall, Pelon said he is wide open on his other three visits, and that Wisconsin was a school coming on strong.

"I'm still interested in Wisconsin," said Pelon. "They're a big time school. They're coming back in it and Wisconsin's making it's way back to the top. I might put them on the list for an official visit.

"With being a Big Ten school, Wisconsin has a lot of exposure. They play a lot of big time schools so I could get some exposure. The great coaching staff, and their defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a is a major plus. I would also say Wisconsin is the most relevant right now with NFL players. All of that really appeals to me."

If the Badgers want to break past Pelon's top two, they will need to convince him to take an official visit to Madison this fall, especially since he has already developed a close-knit relationship with the coaching staffs at Nebraska and Wisconsin.

"Nebraska has a great coaching staff," said Pelon "The defensive line coach Rich Kaczenski is heavily recruiting me. He's offering to bring in JUCO guys. He says he wants to help develop players like me into the best that they can be. There's nothing like Nebraska actually.

"Washington is a great place, too. The team is great. There is so much about Washington that I really like. I've been to Washington for an unofficial visit. I want to go back and see campus again. I want to see how a game feels there. I want to do the same thing with Nebraska. "

Pelon is hoping to name his top five official visits before the season starts. In addition to Nebraska, Washington and Wisconsin, Pelon has grabbed offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Florida State, Indiana, South Florida and USC.

"After I announce my official visits, then I'll make a choice soon after," said Pelon. "I want to do it beforehand so I can stay focused on football and classes."

Able to play both defensive tackle and defensive end, depending on the defensive scheme, and a three technique and a five technique, Pelon knows he has some debating to do on where to visit and where to choose. But the biggest factor for Pelon is to make sure his mother is able to see him play.

"My mom always says this is my life and my choice," said Pelon. "Whatever is best for me is what I should choose. And wherever I got to school I want her to be there. If she can't come to the games then she can watch on TV, and luckily the Big Ten has its own network if I chose to go to one of those schools."

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