|Homestead High School (WI)||No. 59 SDE|
The first defensive commitment of the 2015 recruiting class for Wisconsin, Homestead defensive lineman David Pfaff signed his letter of intent today to play for the home state Badgers. While many criticized former coach Gary Andersen's in-state recruiting tactics, Pfaff was a Wisconsin kid that Andersen knew he wanted. While Pfaff mostly played defensive end in high school, there is the possibility that he will add some weight and slide inside to play tackle. If he is able to maintain his explosiveness off the ball, he could be a disruptive pass rusher from the interior of the defensive line.
Being a Wisconsin native, Pfaff has had an affinity for the Badgers since he was a youngster and he appears to have been very anxious to get an offer from UW according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
"Of course I was getting anxious," Pfaff said of waiting for his offer. "I was getting anxious when I hit high school because I come from a high school that just produces D-I players. To be so successful in that program and have those kinds of traditions ... I was really ready and anxious to take that step."
Rivals: 2 stars 5.4 (No. 6 WI)
247: 3 stars 84 (No. 59 SDE, No. 4 WI)
ESPN: 3 stars 73 (No. 101 DE, No. 169 region, No. 6 WI)
Scout: 3 stars (No. 35 DE)
Verbally committed May 20, 2014
Pfaff chose the Badgers over offers from Iowa State, Pitt, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. He also had a number of FCS offers including one from national champion North Dakota State. In-state recruiting ace Ben Strickland, former defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a and Joe Rudolph are credited with the commitment.
Senior year: 39 tackles, 15 assisted tackles, 54 total tackles, 2 TFL, 3 sacks
Junior year: 24 tackles, 11 assisted tackles, 35 total tackles, 12 TFL, 6 sacks
2014 Tim Krumrie Award winner (best senior defensive lineman in Wisconsin)
2014 Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Year
2x first team all-state selection (2013, 2014)