UW receives verbal No. 3

Dan Sheeran has given a commitment to the Badgers

The Wisconsin Badgers plucked another prospect out of New York today, as Dan Sheeran (6-3, 200, 4.45), a class of 2006 wide receiver prospect at Cross River (N.Y.) John Jay, chose the Badgers over an offer from Central Florida, and heavy interest from Boston College, Syracuse, and Rutgers.

"I committed to Wisconsin," Sheeran said. "I took a visit there in early April and decided that's where I wanted to be."

According to Sheeran, it came down to two things that sold him on the Badgers: football and the school itself.

"I was there while school was in session, so I got to see a lot more then I would have during the summer," Sheeran said. "The football was so intense, more then anything I had seen before. Of course, it's Big ten football so you know it's intense. I really liked the coaching staff including the defensive line coach [John] Palermo who recruited me, their staff is so similar to the staff at my high school and I love our coaches."

In an ironic twist to Sheeran's recruitment it was a current Badger who made a push for his team to offer Sheeran.

"My head coach [Jimmy] Clark used to be an assistant at Edgemont where current Badger fullback Matt Bernstein played his high school ball," Sheeran said. "Bernstein put a good word in for me, and then they watched my highlight film and offered me a scholarship."

As a junior, Sheeran caught 29 passes for 570 yards and eight touchdowns. He ran for 418 yards and six touchdowns. The versatile athlete returned two kickoffs and two punts for scores as well. For his efforts Sheeran was named all-county, all-section (One), and was named a North County News All-Star.

Sheeran is still a little taken back by what has transpired.

"People told me they thought I was a D-I type player, but I didn't believe it," Sheeran said. "I just kept working harder to make it a reality, now it is."

Sheeran is the Badgers' third verbal commitment for the class of 2006. He joins Daven Jones, a 6-foot, 174-pound wide receiver from Cleveland Glenville, and Jake Bscherer, a 6-7, 275-pound offensive tackle from Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

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