Commitment Impact: David Edwards

The third four-star commit in Wisconsin's 2015 recruiting class and the second from out of state, Downers Grove (Ill.) North athlete David Edwards is a huge addition to the Badgers' offense. BadgerNation breaks down the commitment.

Committed Over: David Edwards committed to Wisconsin over Illinois and Iowa, his other two favorites. He also has offers from Indiana, Iowa State, Syracuse and Wake Forest and interest from Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Stanford.

Rated: Edwards is currently ranked a four-star prospect by He also is ranked the sixth-best tight end and the 156th prospect in the country.

On Film: Edwards can be a little bit of a tough projection because he plays quarterback in high school, but it's a system where he's running a good amount and we've seen him perform at tight end in a camp setting. He's a big kid, every bit of his listed size. He has big hands and catching the ball did not seem to be an issue for him. He has to get more explosive and keep working on polishing his route running and blocking, two things he's obviously very raw at having never played the position. He's going to end up being a really big kid once he gets into a college S&C program. It's all a matter of developing and learning the position. - National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu.

Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin made a calculated risk not to stretch on a tight end prospect late in the 2014 cycle based on a) the development Troy Fumagalli and T.J. Watt as redshirt freshmen and b) UW sitting well with Kyle Penniston and Edwards. So even though the Badgers were losing three senior tight ends, UW rolled the dice and it paid off in a big way by snagging both of their tight ends targets.

Landing Edwards means Wisconsin is 99 percent done at the tight end position and getting an Illinois kid away from Illinois will be eye opening for prospects from that state.

Quotable: "They have told me that you aren't going to come in as a freshman and be an All-World tight end and you will have to develop. But they will give me opportunity to develop and give me a spot as a sophomore or a junior when I am ready."

Final Thought: A couple of the naysayers came out of the woodwork over the last week to complain about UW accepting four verbal commitments from low ranked kids with small offer lists. This should probably quiet the masses. He's a great athlete, which is a backed up by his ability to play quarterback at a high level for his high school. He'll need some time to develop, but Edwards is a great addition to Wisconsin's offense.

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