With such a big recruiting weekend taking place on the Wisconsin campus last weekend, the Badgers coaching staff has a pair of important goals entering the weekend. One was to evaluate a large amount of prospects participating in its one-day camp. The other was to increase its recruiting class by getting a number of uncommitted prospects to join the fold.
To help accomplish that second goal, the Badgers had a good portion of their already committed players on campus to build a stronger bond and do a little bit of recruiting, including Mequon (WI) Homestead senior defensive end David Pfaff.
"A bunch of the commits were going to come down at the same time in me, Kyle (Penniston), David (Moorman), Jon (Dietzen) and a couple others," Pfaff told BadgerNation. "We took a look at the camp and hung out and had a great day. A couple other people like Austin (Kafentzia) stayed for a week just because he was all the way from Utah, so a couple of those guys stayed longer than I did. We all got to spend the day with each other and got a couple new commits in Sam Madden and Nate Howard, which I am very excited about."
The first defensive player to commit to Wisconsin's recruiting class when he pledged to the Badgers in late May, the 6-3, 255-pound Pfaff – ranked a three-star prospect by Scout.com - spent a good portion of his visit talking with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda about how he would fit into the Badgers' 3-4 defensive scheme.
"That went really, really well," Pfaff said about the Aranda meeting. "I was actually very surprised because usually scheme is something new every time you hear it. We are playing the 3-4 and I will be playing my end position. How he set it up was and explained it to me was that I got such a quick tick off the ball that I will be able to be kind of that mix between a run stopper and a pass rusher. I will be really effective at Wisconsin with that position."
The Badgers added four prospects to their class while Pfaff was on campus, including an under-the-radar defensive end Nate Howard and massive New Jersey tackle Sam Madden.
"Nate Howard was a guy who came in and we were all really excited about, especially the coaches," said Pfaff. "I didn't know we were recruiting him, but I heard about him through various things. I took it personally to help him along and show him what we have here at Wisconsin. The other recruits were being really helpful as well. We extended our hands out to join the family. Being the only defensive line commit at the time, I really wanted him to commit because he is such a nice guy. He's got that thing about him like quality that you know he will be really successful.
"Sam is an awesome guy. He is just massive and will probably have to end up dropping some weight at least, I think. He is just a wonderful person and when you talk to him, you just want to talk about him forever. He is just a hard worker (that) you can tell he will push his teammates and himself. To have a good team, you have to be selfless and that is what I think he will do is really work to make the team stronger."