Arguably the most relentless and aggressive player in the state of Wisconsin is Mequon Homestead senior defensive end David Pfaff. The 6-3, 255-pound defensive lineman has been up to Madison a handful of times, but this was his first time since committing in May that he was able to take in a Badgers game
“I was more relaxed, and I wasn’t so worried about being watched, like do I look big enough or anything for them,” Pfaff told BadgerNation. “I got to really take in what being a Badger feels like even though I am not on the team yet. This really feels like home and we walked through the gates and I thought, ‘man, I am going to be playing here in a year.’ It was something special.”
Getting to spend time with other recruits before the game and spending time with some of the current players after the game, Pfaff is becoming a familiar name on campus.
“A lot of them (the players) know me by name and know what I do, so it is really cool,” said Pfaff. “You get that big atmosphere with all those fans, but when you get down to it, then it is just football and a brotherhood. That is what I want to be a part of.”
Sitting as No. 43 ranked defensive end and a three-star recruit by Scout, Pfaff was very happy and excited to see a very impressive showing by the Badgers, but also to see some of younger guys get playing time.
“Bowling Green is kind of an easy game for them and broke a couple records, which I will be honest with you, it surprised me,” said Pfaff. “I am glad they did break those records. Melvin Gordon had a great game, and I was excited to see the defensive linemen do their job and get sacks. (Derek) Landisch had a great game, so it was cool to see some of the 2014 recruits get out there and play. I think Billy Hirschfeld and Conor Sheehy got some snaps. It was a fun day.”
The defensive line stood tall and held the fast-paced Falcons offense to only 17 points. Defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a prides his unit on making those plays and coaches in a way that blends with how Pfaff likes to play.
“I think Coach Chad is a crazy guy,” said Pfaff, who also got a chance to speak to head coach Gary Andersen. “I think we are going to get along very well. We connected when I went down for a camp my junior season and we have the same personality. We are very passionate about football, love the defensive line and we are nuts.”
Kauha’aha’a also informed Pfaff he’s coming to his home game on October 10 to watch the Highlanders (5-0) take on Germantown in a rivalry guy.
“They are always the one to beat in our conference,” said Pfaff. “I am glad he is coming down for our really, really good game. I think we have a really solid relationship and likes how I play. I think when I get there he will put me in the best position possible and the guy just wants to win. I think it will be a good fit.”
In addition to Pfaff, the Badgers hosted committed players Chris Orr (De Soto (TX) linebacker) and Kevin Estes (San Marcos (CA) offensive lineman) on campus. Pfaff feels this class could do something very special when they arrive on campus.“This 2015 group is a tight group of guys,” said Pfaff. “This is my first time going through the process and kind of only get one time, but I really think our class is something special and the 2015 class will bring it when we get to Madison.”