Commitment Impact: Elu Aydon

Under head coach Gary Andersen, Wisconsin has gone to a lot of different places to land commitments, but the Badgers have never gone to American Samoa. That might change going forward after the Badgers found the talented Elu Aydon. BadgerNation examines the commitment impact.

Committed Over: Elu Aydon committed to Wisconsin over scholarship offers from Colorado, Hawaii and Nevada.

Rated: Aydon is currently a three-star prospect and ranked the No.71 defensive tackle in the country by

On Film: The tools are all there. Aydon possess the power, explosiveness and size to be a great defensive tackle at the next level. But, like most kids coming from the rock, there is a certain rawness to his game. The competition over there is solid in the trenches, but Aydon is significantly better than the opposition, week in/week out.

At 6-2 and 295 pounds, Aydon can play 3-tech, but is best suited to line up over the center. His frame could easily add another 15-20 pounds of muscle, and he could emerge as a dominant nose for the Badgers. At All-Poly, Aydon got a chance to go against some other P5 bound prospects and used his brute strength to make plays. He is a year or two away from being a legit D1 tackle, but once he figures it out, Wisconsin’s linebackers will have a new best friend.

Aydon is the type of football player that could make the entire defense’s job much easier by eating up two blockers every snap. Badger fans should also be excited about the emerging Poly Pipeline in Madison. – Hawaii Recruiting Analyst Doug Kimmel.

Recruiting Impact: As I wrote in the Olive Sagapolu impact story, Wisconsin entered the 2015 recruiting cycle wanting to get two defensive tackles to boost the depth at the position, which had taken a hit after last season (losing Beau Allen and Bryce Gilbert) and would continue to be thinned out with Warren Herring and DE/NT Konrad Zagzebski graduating after this season.

So getting both Sagapolu and Aydon in the same day is huge for Wisconsin and something they’ve been expecting once they confirmed both kids would take official visits this past weekend (in Aydon’s case, the Badgers have been expecting his commitment since late July). These are a pair of run stuffers that could turn out to be huge prospects for the Badgers. Unless some major prospect suddenly wants to commit to Wisconsin, the Badgers are done at nose tackle.

Quotable: “He’s a hardworking kid. When he was a freshman he played for the JV a few games, and when he was a sophomore he played for the varsity. I know he learned a lot but the way we looked at him, he is a dedicated young man. I can’t say anything wrong about the kid. He does really well in the classroom and on the field. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll make it.”

Final Thought: Defensive Line Coach Chad Kauaha’aha’a is in line for a huge raise, as he has been aggressively recruiting prospects and getting commitments in 2015, including being responsible for both defensive tackles. Wisconsin will never have 20 Polynesian kids or island kids on its roster, but the fact that the Badgers have landed Ula Tolutau, Micah Kapoi and these two defensive tackles is a great sign going forward that more highly-ranked kids of that background will take a closer look at Wisconsin.


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