In a text message sent to Badger Nation, we can confirm that Appleton has made his choice, choosing to run routes for the Badgers starting in the fall of 2009.
Helping lead East St. Louis to a 13-1 record and the school's seventh state championship, Appleton recorded 657 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, helping his team score an average of 46.4 points per game.
Appleton, who is also a standout track athlete in the hurdles, finished his junior season with around 50 catches for over 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Appleton originally gave his verbal to Illinois on August 11, but publically commented that it was a ‘soft verbal' and that he would take all five of his official visits, one of which was to Wisconsin on October 3rd.
Appleton recorded a 4.5 40-time in August along with a bench of 245 pounds and a 33-inch vertical jump. Since then, however, Appleton has been off the radar, keeping his recruitment close to the vest.
Appleton made good on his prediction to Scout.com that he would wait until Signing Day to make his decision known. However, Appleton was scheduled to appear at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and announce his decision – many of which thought it would be to Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the star wide receiver never made it to Texas.
It was believed that Appleton's school of choice was Illinois, but his mother's top pick was to Wisconsin. For that reason alone, while Appleton was visiting Champaign last weekend, Badger assistant coaches DelVaughn Alexander (wide receivers), Paul Chryst (offensive coordinator) and Dave Doeren (recruiting coach) made an in-home visit to Appleton's mother.
As it turns out, mother knew best.