Barry Pledges to the Badgers

Continuing the momentum from its recruiting hot streak, Wisconsin has accepted a verbal commitment from Loganville (GA) Grayson outside linebacker Mohamed Barry Wednesday.

MADISON - The run of under-the-radar linebackers, and commitments, continues for the University of Wisconsin.

Arriving on his unofficial visit Sunday night and spending time on campus, with the coaching staff, players and future recruits, Loganville (GA) Grayson outside linebacker Mohamed Barry announced his decision to join the program Wednesday.

"I made my decision when I looked at the campus after the visit" Barry told BadgerNation. "Madison felt like home. It just felt like the place I wanted to be and a place that I could get work done. Wisconsin academically and athletically is somewhere that I can reach my goals. I want to get my business degree and be focused and also be a first or second round pick. With the coaches in Coach Thomas, Coach Aranda and Coach Andersen, they just have so much confidence in me. They just showed me how high I am on their recruiting board and it just makes me know how much they want me over other people."

Barry is the third linebacker to commit to Wisconsin in the past week and seventh prospect over that time period, boosting the Badgers to 15 commitments in the 2015 recruiting class.

The 6-1, 210-pound Barry picked Wisconsin over Syracuse. He also had offers from Georgia State, Marshall, North Carolina State, South Florida, UCF and Wake Forest.

First year running back coach Thomas Brown ran point on Barry's recruitment since he was the first coach to offer Barry a scholarship last season when he coached at Marshall. The two have continued developing their relationship since, as well as defensive coordinator Dave Aranda making multiple phone calls to Brown and his family.

Brown is the third player the Badgers have received a commitment from in Georgia the last two years, joining defensive tackle Jeremy Patterson and wide receiver Krenwick Sanders from Wayne County Jesup.

"Being committed, just feels like I am apart of something and I am going to focus on my high school football season and get ready to win a state championship," said Barry. "When that is over with, then I am a Badger for life. I am going to do what I can to bring the program success, which is to win a Big Ten championship, Rose Bowl and national championship. I just want to be that impact player for this program."

While he has committed, Barry was honest that he was planning on still taking an official visit to Syracuse, as well as Wisconsin, in the fall if the Orange coaching staff invited him.

"I feel like that would be a good test to see how much Syracuse really wants me," said Barry. "It's going to be hard to beat me out of my commitment, but I have to make sure I'm making the best decision for me in my family."

Despite the two planned visits, Barry said he's fully planning on playing for the Badgers in college.

" I am totally confident in my decision, but I just to see the campus and coaches and compare it to the other school," he said. "I just got to make sure. I am honored to put my name on their jersey and will try to be a legend there."

Brice Marich also contributed to this article

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