Zebulon B. Vance (N.C.) defensive end/linebacker hybrid Damir Faison committed to Appalachian State since November 2016, doing so to guarantee himself a spot on a college roster. The new year has brought Faison continued interest from power-five programs, including offers from Maryland and Rutgers.
“It was an honor to receive (those offers),” Faison told BadgerNation. “I am very grateful. My hard work is giving me the results that I have always been dreaming of. I’m going to continue to train hard in order to live up to the expectations from coaches and programs recruiting me.”
Wisconsin has yet to offer Faison, but the Badgers have got the ball rolling with the 6-2, 240-pound defensive end. The interest from running back coach John Settle has already excited Faison, who is eager to continue building his relationship with the staff.
“Of course when a big school like Wisconsin shows interest, everyone gets excited, and I am no different,” Faison said. “I’ve stayed in contact with Coach Settle through my coach. They are really showing their interest in me.”
Wisconsin’s proven track record as an elite football program has greatly enticed Faison, who is coming off a season where he had 13 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
“It would be an absolute honor to receive an offer from Wisconsin,” Faison said. “As many other athletes are, I am a good player, but I hope programs such as Wisconsin see the person behind the athlete as well.
One interesting situation in Faison’s recruitment surrounds current Appalachian State defensive coordinator Nate Woody, who has been pegged as a potential candidate for the defensive coordinator vacancy left by now California head coach Justin Wilcox.
Should Woody end up becoming the next defensive coordinator at Wisconsin, this could speed up the process of Faison receiving an offer from the Badgers. Faison himself is confident in Woody’s abilities in any setting and would enjoy the opportunity of following Woody to a program like Wisconsin.
“From my interactions with him at Appalachian State, I believe he could definitely do great things there,” Faison said. “That would be nice.”
Despite the offers and interest from much larger schools, Faison remains committed to the Mountaineers. However, Faison cited his not having visited any other programs as a main reason for this.
“I’m still committed to Appalachian State,” Faison said. “At this time, my commitment is still strong. I have not yet had the chance to visit or tour other programs.”