Verbal Commitments Make Bowl Plans

Only three days left until the Badgers and Vols tangle in the Outback Bowl. Badger Nation continues to bring you up to the minute updates from Tampa thanks to the hard work of Ben Worgull and staff. Want to know what the future Badgers will be doing for the big game? Check it out.

"I'm actually planning on having a party at my house," said Brendan Kelly, a 6-foot-7, 238-pound, defensive end, from Richfield (Minn.) Holy Angels.

"I'd love to be down in Tampa. We have 18 inches of snow on the ground up here but I still plan on having some fun just hanging out with family and friends watching the Outback Bowl."

Kelly couldn't hold back his excitement about signing with the Badgers in February.

"I was originally committed to Minnesota but I had everyone telling me that I needed to make the best decision for myself." He said.

"I just had to block out all the outside advice I seemed to be getting on a daily basis and I needed to decide which school would allow me to have the most success both on and off the field.

"Wisconsin ended up being the school for me. I couldn't be happier right now. I love the Wisconsin coaches, the campus, and the atmosphere that surrounds the program. Wisconsin is the perfect fit."

Kelly found out being a D-1 prospect meant getting a little more attention on Friday nights.

"I was double and sometimes triple teamed," he said. "I just fought through it all and still finished with over 100 tackles and 19 sacks.

"We finished with a 6-4 record but our defense played great this year. We didn't allow a touchdown at home until the last game of the season."

Just down the road from Brendan Kelly, future teammate Joe Schafer and his family will be watching the Outback Bowl at home with friends and family.

"We'll be traveling enough the next four to five years," said Brad Schafer, the father of future Badger offensive lineman, Joe Schafer.

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