Pfaff Gets His First

Mequon (WI) Homestead defensive end David Pfaff became the second Wisconsin high school junior to pick up a division 1 scholarship offer. He's hoping for a lot more opportunities with multiple visits coming up and having developed a relationship from Wisconsin.

Unlike last season, when the state of Wisconsi had a number of high school juniors holding scholarship offers by late February, the only in-state player who held a division 1 scholarship was Seymour (WI) High offensive tackle Jon Dietzen. That changed last week, courtesy of Mequon (WI) Homestead defensive end David Pfaff.

"My recruitment is going great," Pfaff told BadgerNation. "I got my first offer last week when Western Michigan offered me a full ride and I think a couple more offers are on the way it seems like. I am just very excited."

The list of other schools starting to contact the 6-3, 255-pound Pfaff is growing, as he reports interest from Central Michigan, Iowa State, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan State, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois and South Dakota State. Wisconsin is also in the mix for Pfaff, as he camped with the Badgers last summer and has visited multiple other times, including a junior day earlier this month.

"Wisconsin hasn't really contacted me much since the junior day," Pfaff said. "They have seen my stuff and keep sending me mail and are in contact with my coaches, but that's about it. I think they are waiting for my ACT scores to make any moves. I'm still very excited and interested in Wisconsin since I'm such a big fan. It is a long process and these things take time."

Growing up as an avid Wisconsin fan looms on him, and getting the first real opportunity to spend an extended amount of time with the coaching staff has him even more excited about the program.

"What I like about the Badgers is that they are so committed to excellence and have such great traditions," said Pfaff. "From what I experienced at junior day, they are also like a family, which is important to me. I grew up a Badgers fan, my school has close ties with Badger football program and my parents love the Badgers.

"It would be like a dream come true if Wisconsin offered me. They just have a lot to offer at Wisconsin."

Pfaff has taken advantage of playing in one of the best high school football programs in the state. Playing for a program that does a lot of stunting on the defensive line, Pfaff ended up playing multiple positions, and finished last season with 35 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and six sacks in eight games, crediting in part the scheme for his effectiveness.

"I get off the ball quicker than most offensive linemen, which gives me an advantage when pass rushing," said Pfaff. "With my run support game I'm very good at keeping my gap secure and dominating my opponent. I think my best way to attack an offense is right up on the center at nose tackle or at defensive end. The biggest thing that sets me apart from any other defensive lineman is that I play like I have a screw loose a lot of coaches tell me, so that is the reason they think I can be so successful. I have a nasty intense passion for the game and never give up."

Planning on visiting Central Michigan and Western Michigan on Saturday, Pfaff will be busy the next two weeks with visits to Northern Illinois, South Dakota State and North Dakota State.

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