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With plenty of scholarship offers to chose from, Camden Catholic quarterback Joe Brennan was looking for a school that fit his criteria, his abilities and his goals. With the Badgers making sure Brennan knew that he was their number one choice for quarterbacks, the New Jersey signal caller made UW's hard work pay off by committing to Wisconsin.

MADISON - With five quarterbacks already on its 2010 roster and losing just one after next season, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and the other Badger coaches were determined to go hard after a couple top-tier quarterbacks, putting a lot of stock that one would decide that UW was the right fit for him.

In reality, Chryst and the Badgers only had one QB they really wanted.

From the start of his recruiting process, signal caller Joe Brennan could tell that Chryst was serious about him playing at UW, as the Camden Catholic High School (Cherry Hill, N.J.) signal caller found out that he was the top player on their recruiting board.

"I could totally get a sense that they were interested in me, really wanted me to come there and that I was going to be there number one guy in the class," Brennan told Badger Nation. "When I got there, I was the only recruit there. It meant a lot to me that they really cared that much."

With Wisconsin one of his three favorite schools since early May, Brennan made the call on Saturday, pledging his verbal commitment to Chryst and the Wisconsin coaching staff, making him UW's eighth verbal commitment for the 2010 class.

In the last three seasons, Wisconsin has gotten a verbal commitment from a highly-touted quarterback (Curt Phillips in 2008 and Jon Budmayr in 2009).

"The quarterback situation at Wisconsin is going to bring out a lot of competition and that will bring out the best player," he said. "I am excited to go there and compete for a starting job and compete for a national championship."

Brennan, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound athlete with a 4.6 40-yard dash that is the 32nd-ranked QB in the country by, threw for 2,478 yards as a junior, including 25 touchdowns against 13 interceptions in a multiple formation offense. He also rushed for over 300 yards and another three scores.

"My whole life, I've always been a leader," Brennan said. "As far as the quarterback standpoint, I would classify myself as a good pocket quarterback. I can see the field and can make the throws as good as anybody else. I can also make some plays with my legs to get a first down or some tough yards."

Although holding offers from Akron, Duke, Iowa, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple and Vanderbilt, Brennan favored Miami (FL), Stanford and Wisconsin since early May. Visiting Wisconsin during the last weekend in May, Miami on June 15th and Stanford on the 19th, Brennan knew UW was his favorite, but wanted to sit and make sure it was the best for him.

"It was a whole bunch of things put together," Brennan said about picking UW. "Miami was a great place, but it was the right fit for me. I got that fit and that feeling at Wisconsin. UW is where I felt the most comfortable. It's nice to make the decision to take the pressure off so I can focus on my senior season and winning a championship."

Of all the little things that made UW stick out, the biggest factor arguably was the recruiting of Chryst, who spent a lot of time talking to Brennan in person, over the phone and in the film room about how the junior could make an immediate impact on the offense when he arrives on campus next fall.

"Coach Chryst has such a great character," Brennan said. "He's a great guy, a great man and he was upfront with me from the beginning. He told me the truth. He wasn't always selling me what was at Wisconsin or what they are about or on me the whole time. He gave me the situation and it made the decision a lot easier."

Just like future teammate Frank Tamakloe, Brennan now turns his attention to lead recruiting in the New Jersey area. His main target is teammate Sherard Cadogan, a talented tight end/linebacker prospect that the Badger have also targeted to come in right away and make an impact.

"I will probably joke around with him about UW," Brennan said. "It would be cool for me and him to play on the same college team. Him and I are good friends, so it would be awesome. It's his decision in the end, but I'll definitely plant the idea with him."

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