With Elu Aydon, it has seemed more like a matter of when than if the Wisconsin Badgers were going to land his commitment. After being offered on July 29, there was little news as to his recruiting process. Now sure, a part of that is Pago Pago -- Aydon's hometown in American Samoa -- being literally two Americas away from Madison. But it always seemed that it was only a question of when Aydon was ready to become a Badger, especially after he was part of a hefty visitors list to Madison for Saturday's Homecoming game vs. Maryland.
Monday, he made his commitment official per various internet reports, joining Olive Sagapolu to become the second nose tackle in Wisconsin's class of 2015.
It's the best feeling in the world to be apart the Badger family ✨ #Committed #GoBadgers #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/B7IDcXuIfb— ELU (@EAydon_56) October 27, 2014
Aydon brings great agility for a 6'2, 290-pound prospect, and while his technique isn't all the way there yet, his junior highlight reel also shows that he's not one to give up on a play even if he's lost some ground. Truth be told, a deep Googling doesn't show off any senior film, so take this with all the necessary grains of salt.
Aydon becomes Wisconsin's fourth recruit to commit in the past three days, joining Seffner, Fla., linebacker Jordan Griffin, Brown Deer, Wis., athlete and grayshirt Zack Baun, and Sagapolu. Aydon received offers from Colorado, Hawaii and Nevada, as well as interest from Cal, Oregon, Oregon State and Utah State. This also makes a stunning nine commitments for defensive line coach Chad Kahua'aha'a. With the Badgers currently leading for Salt Lake City (East) linebacker Christian Folau, Coack K could well help get the Badgers 10 prospects from this class. It would also strengthen the "Polynesian Pipeline" he's helped Gary Andersen's staff establish through Wisconsin.
"It's a big deal," Aydon told Badger247. "We can start something new at Wisconsin. We can start building a pipeline.
"It's going to be something new, but I'll be just fine. Coach Gary Andersen also knows it's a big transition for me, but he'll help me along the way. The whole coaching staff is willing to help me adjust."
Blessed to have been able to meet this guy very humble and a animal when it comes to football #WarrenHerring pic.twitter.com/9sZXApRmpd— ELU (@EAydon_56) October 27, 2014
Aydon on the #Badgers: "The family sense is there (with) the way they take care of kids from (the Islands)."— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) October 27, 2014
Elu Aydon on playing so far from home: "I know it’s far & it’s asking a lot, but there’s nothing wrong with taking that adventure." #Badgers— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) October 27, 2014
Commitments tend to come in bunches for the #Badgers. Elu Aydon makes four in three days.— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) October 27, 2014
Only here: Pago Pago (AS) DT Elu Aydon talks about his decision to commit to the #Badgers http://t.co/J1XQtZiEfG— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) October 27, 2014