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June 19, 2013Follow @JohnVeldhuis
It didn't take long for in-state linebacker Dominic Cizauskas to make up his mind. The 6-foot-1 prospect from Mukwonago, Wis., picked up an offer from his home-state Wisconsin Badgers at one of their high school camps on Tuesday, and reportedly told him they'd like to hear back from him soon.
Cizauskas waited a day to talk over the offer with his parents and his high school coach, but he didn't make the Badgers wait very long. Cizauskas committed to the Badgers early on Wednesday afternoon, in a phone call with head coach Gary Andersen.
Cizauskas told BadgerBlitz.com he needed to take some time before making a decision, but in the end playing for the Badgers just seemed like the right fit.
"I just had to think about the different coaches and how I would fit in the program, as well as which program I felt most at home with- and it was Wisconsin." Cizauskas said Wednesday evening.
"I called coach Andersen and said 'I've thought about the offer and I've decided to commit to become a Wisconsin Badger.' Andersen said 'I'm really happy- I have a smile on my face right now and the Wisconsin program got better today!'"
Cizauskas said it was a little difficult to not commit to Wisconsin on the spot after they offered him a scholarship, but he was determined to talk things over with his parents and head coach. Cizauskas said they were all very supportive.
"They all were very happy [for me]," Cizauskas said. "But they said 'Wherever you go, we will be happy with your decision."
Cizauskas also described Wisconsin as one of his "dream schools," and mentioned that his family's relationship with Andersen and the rest of the university played a big role in his recruitment.
"They supported me and told me about how they like Coach Andersen, and it seems like he will take care of me," Cizauskas said. "They also said 'If you get a degree from Wisconsin, you can do anything after college.'"
At 6-foot-1 and 250 pounds, Cizauskas' coach told BadgerBlitz.com it wouldn't surprise him to see Cizauskas contribute on the field early in his career. And with the Badgers shifting to a 3-4 base defense, there should be plenty of opportunity for Cizauskas to make an impact for the Badgers.