The Wisconsin coaching staff has been all over the country extending scholarships during the spring evaluation period, except in its own state. Over the past 11 months, Gary Andersen's coaching staff has offered just one prospect, and Seymour four-star offensive lineman Jon Dietzen earned that scholarship following a high school summer camp last June.
But with in-state players being the backbone of UW's program, the Badgers extended offer number two to Mequon Homstead junior defensive end David Pfaff and didn't have to wait to get the sixth commitment of their 2015 class.
"My head coach told me to call Coach Andersen and I didn't really expect an offer and he didn't either," Pfaff told BadgerNation. "I talked around 7:30 with Coach Andersen and last time we talked he wanted me to be a Badger. He knew I wanted to be a Badger, so he said … ‘let's make it happen.' He offered and wanted me to commit right away because he wanted to move on with the process, which is understandable.
"I made my decision years ago that I wanted to be a Badger. It was a hard decision, but not really because I am so excited to get this opportunity. Coach Andersen is an amazing person and it is not just all about football. He told me that he believes in me as a person and football player."
The first defensive player to commit to the 2015 recruiting class, the 6-3, 255-pound defensive end will start out at defensive end in UW's 3-4 defense. He picked Wisconsin over BCS offers from Iowa State, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
"It feels unbelievable to commit to Wisconsin," Pfaff said. "I talked it over with my family and all the things that will change in my life and the things I will be able to do is incredible. Being a Wisconsin Badger, you are a celebrity. That is going to be a lot different than just being a kid at Homstead High School. I am excited about that, but also to help out the Badger team. I already know a couple guys on the team, so it is just going to be a crazy and fun transition."
Rated a three- star prospect by Scout.com, Pfaff thrives his game off of his effort and motor, which is exactly what he looks to be bringing to the team.
"I have always thought what can I help the Badgers with and what don't they have that I can offer them?" said Pfaff. "I think honestly that I am a very good team player, so I can help them become a stronger team, but most importantly my skill set. I don't think they necessarily look for the guys like me. I am a unique player. I am not your average big ole defensive lineman, but I am quick as hell and I'm crazy as hell. With the structure they have, I don't know yet what I will be playing, but I will definitely be a great pass rusher and they will work on the run game with me. I am really confident with that also, so I think I offer something really different that they haven't seen yet."
Having no plans to camp at or visit other schools, Pfaff has no plans to take for granted the opportunity to play for Wisconsin.
"To become a Badger takes so much hard work and effort and for me to get this opportunity, I won't let them down and I will try to be the most successful player I can be on and off the field," said Pfaff. "I think this was the best decision for me and I think they will be really pleased when they see me and perform the way I do.
"Dreams, hard work and being a crazy player pays off. I am extremely excited that my dream has come true and now I can keep proving to people that I want to be the best."