The Power of Victory

It's amazing what good football played on a national stage will do for a program's image. After the Badgers won a thrilling double-overtime game on Saturday, two recruits were so impressed by Wisconsin that they decided that there was no better place to play college football than at the University of Wisconsin.

MADISON – It appears Wisconsin's thrilling double overtime victory over Fresno State is providing immediate dividends on the recruiting front.

Two days after Jameson Wright, a safety from Fort Pierce, Florida, gave his verbal commitment to Wisconsin, three-star prospect Manessah Garner decided the electric atmosphere and the way offensive coordinator Paul Chryst utilizes his tight ends was too much to pass up, giving recruiting contact Joe Rudolph his verbal commitment Tuesday.

"Yes sir, I committed," Garner said in a text message to Badger Nation. "They (UW) have always been one of my favorites."

Although he's rated the 26th-best outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Garner expects to be a tight end (H-back) for Wisconsin, who he chose over offers from Akron, Buffalo, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Toledo.

As a junior, Garner had 50 receptions for 702 yards and 10 touchdowns as a tight end and slot receiver. He also recorded 84 tackles, six sacks and three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.

With the commitment of Garner and Wright, Wisconsin currently holds 15 known verbal commitments in the class of 2010.

Stay tuned for more news about Wisconsin's latest commit exclusively from Badger Nation!


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