Must-See TV

Still debating over his final four schools, three-star athlete Sherard Cadogan was going to watch his potential schools compete in the postseason to help clear up his decision. After the performance of UW's tight ends in a solid win over Miami, Cadogan knew the place he wanted to play.

MADISON - Trying to decide between his final four schools – Michigan State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Wisconsin – Camden Catholic High (N.J.) senior Sherard Cadogan was still conflicted on his decision.

Flipping on the television Tuesday night, the answer became crystal clear.

"Watching Wisconsin against Miami and how they used its tight ends, it was the perfect thing that sold me," Cadogan told Badger Nation Friday. "I had a good time on my visit, it's a great city but watching that game, it convinced me right there."

Watching UW's two tight ends catch 13 of the team's 19 pass attempts and physically dominating No.14 Miami to win the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl, Cadogan, after getting the reassurances from his family, called head coach Bret Bielema Wednesday night to tell him he wanted to be a Badger, becoming the 22 verbal commitment in the 2010 class.

Named the 2009 Courier-Post Defensive Player of the Year, Cadogan, a three-star athlete and rated the 48th-best defensive end in the country by, switched between defensive line and linebacker and registered 70 tackles, 12 sacks and two forced fumbles.

But at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Wisconsin saw him as a tight end, where he caught 35 passes for 481 yards and five touchdowns his junior season. Cadogan agreed, which was why UW's system was such an eye opener for him.

"Oh yeah, Wisconsin does it right with its tight ends on the line or in the back field," Cadogan said. "Playing H-back, I really worked on playing that position this year and I am looking forward to it."

Recruited by tight end coach Joe Rudolph and also developing a relationship with Offensive Coordinator Paul Chryst, not only did Cadogan see in the bowl game how valuable the tight ends are, he saw it on his official visit in September. UW's tight ends caught nine passes and three touchdowns in a 38-30 win over Michigan State, a stat that was mentioned to him once or twice after the game when talking to Rudolph and Chryst.

"They are great coaches and they liked that I was a big tight end," Cadogan said. "They feel that I can grow into a great player and I can't wait to start working with them. Playing in the Big Ten, it is the Big Ten, playing against big teams like Ohio State, Michigan and all the competition. I love playing against great competition and the environment, people supporting you and the team means a lot."

It wasn't the main reason he picked Wisconsin, but the opportunity to continue his connection and his relationship with teammate Joe Brennan was another bonus UW had working in its favor. Brennan, a three-star quarterback that committed to the Badgers in July, had been working Cadogan for months, and the duo will hopefully have plenty more completions together.

"That's a plus," Cadogan said of playing with Brennan. "That wasn't the reason I came to Wisconsin, but that's a great thing having a teammate and knowing someone. Being a quarterback, we can continue to have that connection and get our timing down, which is a big plus."

Also a small forward on Camden's basketball team, helping the Irish to a 4-0 record, Cadogan believes the athletic ability it takes to be physical rebounding and in the paint is good practice for being physical off the line of scrimmage. When he comes to Madison, he's going to bring that same kind of smart, competitive edge.

"I am going to bring my competitive style to the game and just help the team by making big plays," he said. "I am going to get stronger, play smart, physical and hard every time."

Badger Nation Top Stories