Badger commit to take in 1st ever UW game

Macomb, Michigan (Dakota HS) quarterback James Stallons gave his verbal commitment to the Wisconsin Badgers back in July after attending their summer football camp. This Saturday, Stallons will attend his first game in Madison to watch the Badgers host Northwestern. Josh Clark caught up with Stallons for this story, available exclusively to subscribers...

James Stallon can remember the first time the University of Wisconsin came by his high school.

It was during the spring of his sophomore year. The funny thing about it is that Badger assistant Coach (Henry) Mason came by the high school to check out a teammate.

"We had a defensive lineman, who eventually went to Michigan State, but my coach had told Coach Mason at that time he had a quarterback for him to check out," Stallons told

"At that time, Coach Mason just encouraged me to attend their camp that summer, but I only focused on attending the local camps like Michigan and Michigan State."

Stallons did not hear much from the Badgers heading into his junior season, but once he was able to send a highlight film over to the Wisconsin staff, interest once again picked up.

"Coach Mason told me he liked what he saw on the film. He said I had one of the biggest arms he had seen in a while, and he could tell I was a leader out on the field. He just told me they'd be in contact, and once again, he said he wanted to get me on campus and watch me throw," Stallons said.

Stallons received ocassional coorespondance with Coach Mason from throughout the entire spring.

During the month of May, when coaches are allowed to make visits by high schools and call a prospect once during the month, Stallons saw Coach Mason make his way by Dakota High School, in addition, to receiving a phone call.

"That is when Coach Mason really encouraged me to come out to camp, and I finalized my plans to do so," Stallons stated.

Stallons made his way out to camp where he got his first opportunity to work with Coach (Paul) Chryst and meet head coach Bret Bielema.

"Coach Chryst really felt I threw the ball well, and thought I showed leadership qualities with how I worked with the group," added Stallons, who will attend his first Wisconsin game this Saturday.

"Coach Chryst never told me at that time that I was going to receive an offer, but he kept telling me I'd be a perfect quarterback in their system, and they really wanted me. He was telling me how crazy it is on game day there, and I liked the fact of how he use to play quarterback at Wisconsin, himself."

As far as his meeting with Bielema, Stallons says he was greatly impressed.

"Coach Bielema has been around the game of football his entire life so you know he knows what is he doing. He use to coach at Iowa and has been around big-time programs. I like the fact of how young he is because I know it means he isn't going anywhere for a while."

This Saturday, Stallons will make an unofficial visit to Madison to catch his first ever Badger football game.

"I'm excited to just to see what everyone is always talking about, and see how crazy it is on game day," added Stallons, whose has led Dakota High School to a 5-1 record and no. 6 ranking in Class A in Michigan.

Stallons estimated that through his six games, he has thrown in the neighborhood of 900 to 1000 yards. He also stated he currently holds a 69% completion rate and has thrown for nine touchdowns and two interceptions.

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