Figaro Pulls the Trigger for Wisconsin

Wanting to commit to Wisconsin since last Saturday, Everett (MA) cornerback Lubern Figaro tells BadgerNation how excited he is to commit to the Badgers' program on Wednesday night.

MADISON - After an impressive official visit to the University of Wisconsin over the weekend, Everett (MA) cornerback Lubern Figaro wanted to end his recruitment and become the Badgers' next verbal commitment. The only reason he waited was because of secondary coach Bill Busch.

"I wanted to commit since probably since Saturday, but coach Busch told me to go home, think about it and talk it over with my family," Figaro said. "After talking to them, I knew I wanted to commit. I felt comfortable at the school, the players are good, the coaches are good, so I just decided to do it."

Figaro's gut reaction means the Badgers landed their 14th verbal commit of the 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday night, and the second defensive back of the class.

"He was really excited and fired up," said Figaro. "That fired me up."

Watching Wisconsin's 41-10 victory over Purdue on Saturday, the 6-1, 180-pound Figaro called his first visit to Wisconsin "amazing" and connected well to the people of the entire program. Although having planned an official to Michigan State and in the process of setting one up to Syracuse (his other two favorites), Figaro said he's done with his recruitment.

"The environment over there sold me," said Figaro, who also had BCS offers from Boston College, Connecticut and Vanderbilt. "I have a chance to play my first year over there, so if felt good."

Although rated the No.49 cornerback in the country by Fox Sports Next, the three-star Figaro said the plan is for him to compete in the spot being vacated by senior safety Dezmen Southward next season.

"I am physical, can blitz anytime and can do whatever (coach Busch) tells me to do," said Figaro made 37 tackles, including five sacks, and had three interceptions as a junior.

In addition to the opportunity to play early, the fact that Wisconsin successfully recruited Jakarrie Washington – Figaro's former teammate and good friend – last season was an added benefit to the Badgers.

"It played a factor," said Figaro. "We're really good friends. We've known each other since like fifth grade."

Although he has the option to enroll early, Figaro says he will graduate with his classmates and enroll at Wisconsin in the summer. He also plans on elevating his game over the final weeks of the season as he starts preparing for his college career.

"I've gotten faster, more physical and my football I.Q. is way better than it was last year," said Figaro. "I am happy my decision is over and that I can focus on my season."

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