2015 Intro: David Pfaff

With the University of Wisconsin welcoming its 2015 recruiting class to campus this week, BadgerNation looks at the new Badgers joining the program, like Mequon (WI) Homestead defensive end David Pfaff.

Commitment Date: 5/20/14

Accolades: David Pfaff attended Homestead High School … ranked as the No. 1 defensive end in Wisconsin, No. 5 in the Midwest and No. 35 in the country by Scout.com … 2014 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Defensive Player of the Year … first-team all-state selection by WFCA and Associated Press as a senior and junior … received Tim Krumrie Award as state’s most outstanding senior defensive lineman … led Homestead to Wisconsin Division 2 state semifinals as a senior in 2014 … helped Homestead’s defense allow just 13.1 points and 188.9 total yards per game.

Recruiting Competition: Pfaff committed to Wisconsin over offers from Iowa State, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois, South Dakota State, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Western Michigan, among others.

Why Wisconsin? “To become a Badger takes so much hard work and effort, and for me to get this opportunity, I won’t let them down and I will try to be the most successful player I can be on and off the field. I think this was the best decision for me and I think they will be really pleased when they see me and perform the way I do. I am extremely excited that my dream has come true, and now I can keep proving to people that I want to be the best.”

Scouting Report: When we first saw Pfaff almost two years ago, he was an undersized end/tackle tweener, but he has filled out, added weight and is developing into a player who can play end in the Badgers' 3-4.

He is a very high-motor kid, as he plays the game with great intensity and at full speed. He is quick off the ball, shows good pad level, leverage, and has good rush moves and counter moves on the inside and outside, as he has lined up in both spots. He gives good effort in pursuit and is generally a very disruptive player.

He is still somewhat undersized to play inside, and will have to keep adding weight and strength. Right now, he is more of a penetrator than someone who will tie up blockers and free up linebackers. Even so, Pfaff is one of those kids who is going to battle and work his way into the lineup. Having played more tackle as a junior, he is accustomed to doing some of the things he will be asked to do at Wisconsin. He is a safe pick as a kid who will contribute because of his effort and motor.

BadgerNation Prediction: UW wants to add more speed to the edges of its defense, and Pfaff has a great combination of quickness, strength and athleticism. That’s Pfaff, who described himself as “fast as hell and crazy as hell.” He showcased some of that craziness when he went up against good competition as a junior, including Wisconsin 2014 signee George Panos. A kid we love because he is playing his hardest all the time, Pfaff is trending upward with his quick first step and a high motor.

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