Taking in an another unofficial visit, Baun tweeted out after the game that he was committing to Wisconsin’s 2015 recruiting class as a gray shirt, an opportunity he spoke highly of.
“I get an opportunity to play when I’m older,” Baun told BadgerNation Friday. “So I’ll take that first year off and I’ll save a year of eligibility. I’ll have five years after that and be on a full ride. It’ll give me time to adjust to the whole college situation and get bigger so I can compete better. I know that’s what’s best for me.”
Being recruited as an outside linebacker by Wisconsin, Baun dazzled Friday night in his team’s 49-40 victory over Pewaukee, finishing unofficially with 402 yards on 27 carries and six touchdowns. Five of his six touchdown runs went for at least 39 yards, impressive for a player who said he hadn’t had a good rushing game all season.
“Everything is reads for us,” said Baun. “We’ll call a run one way but it’s always a read. We were just able to block up front and get the defensive line and the linebackers flowing to one side and quick take off to the other side, and boom.”
The 6-3, 209-pound athlete had preferred walk-on offer from Minnesota and a scholarship offer from South Dakota State, but the Badgers were the ultimate option for him since he grew up cheering for the school.
“Wisconsin being a Big Ten and in my state, I’ve always grown up with Wisconsin,” said Baun. “You see Wisconsin stuff everywhere. It will really influence my decision.”
It evidently did less than 24 hours later, as Wisconsin’s 2015 recruiting class now sits at 20 commits.
I don't think there was any specific point, but after a series of questions the coaches cleared up for me, I was sure it was the right fit," Baun said following his commitment. "I've been thinking about it for awhile and talking to my mom and family about it. I knew (committing to Wisconsin) was either going to be today or awhile from now."
Baun will enroll at Wisconsin and take two classes during the summer before dropping down to part time once the fall semester starts. He will be able to rejoin the team during the spring 2016 semester.