Wisconsin was an offer David Moorman has always waited for and when one came last week, it vaulted the Badgers to the top of his list. Today, the 6-foot-5, 275-pound four-star offensive lineman committed to Badgers over offers from Minnesota, Illinois, Cincinnati, Central Michigan and others.
"Going into the whole process, I narrowed down a list of five schools I really wanted an offer from and Wisconsin was one of them going in," he said. "Once I got to learn different things about the university, their great business program, a chance to get a great degree and play Big Ten football, play in front of thousands of fans, it was the right decision. I did a lot of soul searching. I sat down and talked to my parents and decided to commit."
Moorman visited Madison in the winter and has had the staff at his school a few times during the evaluation periods. He admits he was frustrated when the offer did not come initially, but he appreciated how the coaches, specifically area recruiter Jeff Genyk, offensive line coach T.J. Woods, and head coach Gary Andersen, approached their recruitment of him and that ultimately lead to this decision.
"Throughout the process, they were always very honest. There were some schools that I thought were kind of stringing me along but they were up front about where I stood and what I needed to do to earn an offer. As I got to know them better, I really saw that they care about their players. They care about winning, but they care what kind of young men their players are going to be. It's great to see them take the success that Coach Bielema had and keep building upon that."
An offensive tackle in high school, Moorman says the Badgers see him as a "flex guy" who could play anywhere, but with guard as the likely destination.
This week marks the anniversary of a milestone for Moorman and the opportunity to be recruited and play at the next level is something he appreciates greatly.
"It's crazy to think about it that three days from now, May 10, it will be a year since I got my first offer from Central Michigan. It's been a full year of getting offers and going through the process. I'm so blessed. I'd like to thank all the schools who recruited me. They all had great staffs: Toledo with Coach Campbell and Coach Manning, Coach Barry and Coach Enos at Central, Western Michigan, Illinois, they all made it a tough decision but this was the best fit. I'm excited and am most thankful to God, my family, my girlfriend and the whole city of Northville for supporting me."
Moorman is the fifth commitment for the Badgers in the 2015 class and the first from the state of Michigan. He joins fellow offensive lineman Jon Dietzen as the two Scout 300 members in the class.