A Change of Heart

The Badgers landed a verbal commitment from home-grown punter Brad Nortman this past Sunday night. Nortman, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, from Brookfield (Wis.) Central, had originally gave Minnesota his verbal commitment but a change of heart led to his de-commitment from the Gophers.

"It's true," Brad Nortman told Badger Nation. "I'm a Badger now. It was a tough decision for me but I've been a Badgers fan my entire life and I couldn't see myself playing anywhere else.

"Minnesota offered me a scholarship on June 16th and I really thought that Minnesota was the place for me, so I gave them my commitment.

"Wisconsin didn't offer until the end of June and I started going to games in Madison this year. I went to the Washington State game and I recently went to the Michigan State game.

"I've been going to football games in Madison my entire life and after the Michigan State game, I just had a change of heart. I wanted to stay home and play for the Badgers."

The Badgers are recruiting Nortman strictly as a punter but his coach at Brookfield Central, Doug Lange, says Brad is much more than a punter.

"It's my understanding that Brad is being recruited as a punter but he doesn't leave the field for us." Coach Lange said.

"Brad is our tight end on offense and one of our inside linebackers on defense. He doesn't leave the field.

Brad has been starting for me on both sides of the ball since his sophomore year. He was instrumental on a team that went 13-1 last year."


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