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National Signing Day 2015: DL David Pfaff signs with Wisconsin

For National Signing Day we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including defensive lineman David Pfaff from Mequon, Wisconsin. Stay tuned to B5Q all week for more coverage of Badger football's 2015 class.

Class Position Height Weight
2015 DL 6'3 255 lbs.
School Composite Ranking
Homestead High School (WI) 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit 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.

Video highlights


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)