JACKPOT!

Christmas came early for the Badger football program Tuesday, as the program landed two major commitments.

Christmas came a little early for the UW football program Tuesday, with verbal commitments from Albert Young and Brandon Kelly.

Young, one of the top tailbacks on the east coast, couldn't help but contain his enthusiasm for the Badgers following his visit to Madison Dec. 6. He was so thrilled to be in the UW locker room that he put on the entire Badger uniform and shot an entire roll of film. He honored his family's request to take at least one more official visit before announcing his decision - Rutgers last weekend.

Young sat down with his guidance counselor and Offensive Coordinator Brian White earlier today and announced his verbal commitment. He initially planned on taking two more trips (Boston College and Miami) but decided to go ahead and announce for Wisconsin, which has been his favorite from day one.

The 5-10, 205-pound star rushed for a South Jersey record 2,200 yards and 32 touchdowns this year.

Kelly, a 6-4, 220-pound outside linebacker from Bedford, Ohio, chose the Badgers over Stanford, his other finalist. Kelly raved about Wisconsin following his visit this past weekend, and gave his verbal commitment to Coach Barry Alvarez and Wide Receivers Coach Henry Mason during an in-home visit.

Kelly finished his senior season with 80 tackles, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries, and turned down the likes of Boston College, Duke, Maryland and Minnesota in addition to Stanford, which he visited Dec. 6.

Not only is Kelly a great two-way athlete, he carries a 3.6 grade point average and scored a 25 on the ACT.

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