Lewallen Becomes Number Six

After a week to 'think' about his scholarship offer from Wisconsin, Berlin offensive lineman Dallas Lewallen officially commits to Wisconsin's 2010 recruiting class on Wednesday.

MADISON – Although he was 99 percent sure he was going to return home a member of the Wisconsin Badgers, Berlin offensive lineman Dallas Lewallen just wanted to be sure.

Seven days after receiving his offer from head coach Bret Bielema, Lewallen traveled to Madison Wednesday with his grandfather, his sister and high school coach Bob Prellwitz to make sure the decision was right.

Everything was, and Lewallen became UW's sixth verbal commitment for the Class of 2010, joining in-state players Bryce Gilbert, Jake Irwin, Marquis Mason and Konrad Zagzebski and Maryland recruit Frank Tamakloe. Tamakloe and Irwin also committed this week.

"I talked to Coach Bostad when we first got there and got a tour," Lewallen told Badger Nation. "After that, we went into Coach Bielema's office and I told him I wanted to commit."

One of four players to receive an offer based on his camp performance, Lewallen never hid the fact that Wisconsin – the first school to offer him - was his dream school. An Oshkosh Northwestern first-team all-area and first-team all-conference offensive lineman as a junior, Lewallen (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) grew up a UW fan and told Badger Nation last Wednesday that he wanted to commit, but had some things he wanted to check out first, just to be sure.

"The deciding factor for me was Wisconsin being the best fit for me academically, athletically and socially," Lewallen said. "The facilities and the coaching staff are awesome; they have so many tutors and advisers that there's no way an athlete should be ineligible, which is the most important thing. The weight training stuff is awesome and everyone is very helpful and down to earth."

He added: "The great thing there is everything is so connected. The football offices are upstairs and you can go right downstairs to the weight room. The McClain Center is right there and then the stadium is right next door. Everything works out well for a student's time management."

Lewallen was also excited to hear that Irwin, a tackle from Waunakee also committed to play for the Badgers. Going to camp with Gilbert and Irwin, Lewallen things the Badgers are recruiting some talented linemen from the state.

"The coaches were talking about Gilbert and Irwin and the fun thing was with them was they were both at the camp and I played against them," Lewallen said. "They are going to be good players."

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