Always Room for Mauro

With Wisconsin having three talented linebackers already committed to the 2010 class, it would appear the Badgers are content with their depth. But with a player like Vinnie Mauro, the leader of one of the best defenses in the country, still available, Wisconsin is making a strong bid to add to its wealth.

MADISON – Although his official visit was almost two months ago, stand out linebacker Vinnie Mauro still couldn't believe what a surprise experience the atmosphere and the experience of Wisconsin football was and how much he enjoyed it.

"I didn't expect the visit to be as awesome as it was," Mauro told Badger Nation. "I was completely surprised and the program was bigger then I anticipated."

Making the visit with teammates and UW recruiting targets Jermaine Barton and James White, Mauro was able to do the things he wanted during his visit - meet with the coaching staff, the defensive players and get an idea of the campus. Hosted by former teammate Conor O'Neill, Mauro also was able to check out the game, a 28-20 Wisconsin victory, and he liked what he saw out of their play on the field.

"I liked how they get after it on defense and how they play the young guys like Chris Borland," said Mauro, rated as the 24th-best middle linebacker in the nation by "It would be an honor to play for them specifically the defense."

Mauro took quite a bit of thoughts and knowledge from his visit. Mauro was able to get a good grasp on what Wisconsin is, how much the coaching staff cared about the players and how everyone loved playing there. Mauro's philosophy about the team is one idea that will be a factor in what school he decides to commit to.

"A place is only as good as its players and Wisconsin has that," he said. "It makes me feel great when I see kids who love the program."

Through the first seven games of the season, Mauro has been one of the main reasons St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) is the top high school team in the nation, leading the Raiders with 38.5 tackles, including six for a loss and 1.5 sacks.

Before the visit, Mauro had a top three in order of Navy, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. Since Wisconsin had made such a positive impression on him, Mauro narrowed down his choices to Navy and Wisconsin. Mauro will be making his visit to Naval Academy in November for a game against Delaware.

Mauro is currently confident that his decision to commit won't be anytime in the near future. Mauro does know that his decision will probably come at the end of his senior season or at the latest, after the state tournament.

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