Badgers Land Commitment No. 6

Wisconsin received tremendous news last night when Coach Barry Alvarez received a call with the Badgers' newest football commitment, and it's a huge one.

The Badgers landed their sixth verbal commitment of the year last night, as wide receiver Ernest Mason of Fort Worth Dunbar (Tex.) called to give his verbal to Coach Barry Alvarez.

Mason, a 5-11, 176-pound receiver, made his official visit to Madison last weekend and was obviously blown away by the experience. He is turning down offers from schools including Notre Dame, Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Baylor, Iowa, Iowa State, LSU, Arkansas and TCU.

One of the fastest players in the country, Mason has been timed as fast as 10.2 in the 100-meters. He ran a 10.4 in the 2000 USA Nationals Track and Field Championship. He also posted a 20.9 200-meter and his team finished second in the mile relay and third in the 4X100 relay. This past summer, they won the mile relay with a time of 3:09-flat.

Mason's coach Bobby Jones, played high school for Alvarez, and Jones has coached at UW's summer camps. The Badgers have also offered two other Dunbar standouts, 5-11, 190-pound tailback Michael Turner, and Terion Caldwell, a 6-2, 190-pound safety.

We will have more about Mason's commitment later this week.

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