Kapoi Makes the Flip to Wisconsin

Flipping their fifth commit in the 2014 recruiting class, the Badgers continue to build depth on their offensive line after offering Kapolei (HI) High lineman Micah Kapoi on his official visit, and accepting his commitment Sunday morning.

Wisconsin didn't have the showing they wanted against Penn State in a lackluster performance on senior day, but added their second commitment of the weekend when Kapolei (HI) senior offensive guard Micah Kapoi decided to pull the trigger and commit to Wisconsin.

"When I got there on Friday, they told me they were going to offer me and they told me to think about it because they only got two spots left," Kapoi told BadgerNation. "After seeing the game, the campus and everything, I decided to commit to Wisconsin. I committed this morning and it just felt great.

"Wisconsin was just the best opportunity that was out there. They are known for their offensive linemen, so they are great. They also wanted to get some non-local guys to see Wisconsin and give it a chance, Many Hawaiians don't give them a chance, but I did."

The 6-4, 306-pound offensive lineman talks about how defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a explained to him the transition from the island to Madison wasn't as bad as some make it out to be. Head Coach Gary Andersen also made him feel at home, which was one of the main concerns with being far away.

"The main person that was recruiting me was Coach Chad and Coach Andersen, as well," said Kapoi. "Coach Chad talked to me about the transition to Hawaii to Wisconsin, but I actually liked the cold. Most people probably don't like it, but I actually liked the weather. It is nice and it is not cold and windy, but more cold and nice (laughter).

"Distance was not a big factor for me and I was really looking for a home and family atmosphere. Coach Andersen really makes you feel that and really takes care of the kids. He makes sure the coaches want to be there for the kids. I really appreciated that feeling of family he gave to me."

Currently a two-star recruit by Scout.com, Kapoi held offers from Weber State and Hawaii, who he committed to in June. When it comes to fitting in with what Wisconsin wants to do on the offensive line, Kapoi fits the bill very nicely.

"My coach's mentality when it comes to offensive line play is pretty much you can't be nice," said Kapoi, who projects as a guard in college. "You got to be tough and knock guys over on the field and I think that is what Wisconsin football is all about. They got that mentality of get down and run the ball. Everybody knows they are going to run, but they still do it. That is what fits what I do exactly."

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