Wisconsin commits: McFadden, Ruffin and Butler

Badgers gain three over big official visit weekend

The University of Wisconsin secured three verbal commitments over the Dec. 10 visit weekend, when at least 10 and as many as 16 players made official stops in Madison. The new commits are Jae McFadden, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound tight end/defensive end at Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Jarmal Ruffin (6-3, 200), a wide receiver at the Scotland School in Scotland, Pa.; and tailback Jerry Butler (5-8, 170), from George Washington High School in Philadelphia.

The Badgers also had two previously committed prospects on officials this weekend: defensive tackle Dan Cascone and quarterback Dustin Sherer.

Jae McFadden chose Wisconsin over Alabama, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Marshall and Auburn. He had 25 receptions for 354 yards and five touchdowns in just seven games and was part of a dominant defense at Dwyer. Two weeks after Wisconsin plays in the Outback Bowl, McFadden will play tight end in the Jan. 15 Outback high school all-state game, a showcase for the top 90 seniors in Florida.

McFadden scored Dwyer's only touchdown in a 10-7 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas the Florida Region 4-5A title game, according to the Palm Beach Post. It was Dwyer's (8-1) only loss all season. The Post, incidentally, ranked McFadden the third best prep receiver in its coverage area prior to this season and once compared McFadden to Kellen Winslow II, a University of Miami (Fla.) star who is now with the Cleveland Browns.

With exception of Ron Dayne, the Badgers' running game under head coach Barry Alvarez has been built around nifty tailbacks with lots of speed such Anthony Davis, Terrell Fletcher, Brent Moss and Michael Bennett. Jerry Butler fits that mold.

Butler ran for 1,759 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior on just 172 carries, a gaudy 10.2 average. He also caught nine passes for 165 yards. He has been hand-timed from 4.19 to 4.35 in the 40-yard dash.

This year the diminutive tailback led George Washington to its best season ever, a 12-1 campaign that ended in the Class 4A Eastern semifinals.

In his career Butler ran for 3,302 yards and 47 touchdowns on 366 carries.

As a big receiver with good speed, Jarmal Ruffin also fits the Wisconsin mold. Ruffin lined up at tight end and defensive end for the Scotland School and looks sudden and instinctual on his highlight reel.

Prior to this season, Ruffin was ranked the No. 25 college prospect in Pennsylvania by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. According to the paper, at a Nike All-American camp Ruffin did 16 bench-press reps at 185 pounds. Ruffin is graded a three-star prospect by scout.com.

Ruffin's future teammate Butler was the No. 27 Pennsylvania prospect on the Post-Gazette's list.

The commitments give Wisconsin 16 out of a possible scholarship allotment of 25. Position-by-position breakdown:

Quarterback (1) – Dustin Sherer

Tailback (2) – Dion Foster, Jerry Butler

Offensive line (3) – Andy Kemp, Eric Vanden Heuvel, Nate Nurse

Tight end (2) – Garrett Graham, Jae McFadden

Wide receiver (2) – T.J. Theus, Jarmal Ruffin

Defensive line (2) – Dan Cascone, Jeff Stehle

Linebacker (3) – O'Brien Schofield, DeAndre Levy, Travis Beckum

Defensive back (1) – Braxton Amy

With nine spots left, the feeling here is that Wisconsin will seek three more defensive linemen, at least two more offensive linemen and two more defensive backs. The remaining two slots could be any position except quarterback, kicker or punter.

The following have been confirmed as Dec. 10 weekend visitors:

David Bruton, 6-2, 180, DB, Miamisburg, Ohio (Miamisburg HS)

Jerry Butler, 5-8, 170, TB, Philadelphia (Washington HS)

Dan Cascone, 6-3, 300, DT, Sandy Hook, Conn. (Newtown HS)

Derrell Hand, 6-4, 305, DT, Philadelphia (West Philadelphia Catholic HS)

Scott Fisher, 6-8, 320, and Paul Fisher, 6-7, 330, St. George, Utah (Dixie State Junior College)

Jae McFadden, 6-2, 215, TE, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Dwyer HS)

Jarmal Ruffin, 6-3, 200, WR, Scotland, Pa. (Scotland School)

Anthony Scirrotto, 6-1, 185, S, Westville, N.J. (West Deptford HS)

Dustin Sherer, 6-4, 205, QB, Arcadia, Ind. (Hamilton Heights HS)

Other suspected visitors:

Jeremy Broadway, 5-11, 185, WR, Houston, Texas (Washington H.S.)

Deante Lamar, 5-10, 170, CB, Lithonia, Ga. (Lithonia HS)

LaVar Lobdell, 6-3, 194, WR, Syracuse, N.Y. (Christian Brothers Academy)

Kestahn Moore, 5-10, 199, TB, Arlington, Texas (Summit HS)

Freddie Patton, 5-11, 180, CB, Galena Park, Texas (North Shore HS)

Shane Carter, 5-11, 170, WR, Troy, Ohio (Troy HS)

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