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May 7, 2014

UW adds second OL to 2015 class

Wisconsin secured a commitment from its second offensive line prospect in the last five days when Michigan's David Moorman pledged to head coach Gary Andersen on Wednesday.

"All I can say is that I'm committed to Wisconsin," Moorman told BadgerBlitz.com. "I couldn't be more proud to be a Badger and I'm honored to be part of the longstanding offensive line tradition at Wisconsin.

"I'm really excited and my family is thankful for the opportunity the staff at Wisconsin provided. We prayed on it and Madison is the best place for me."

Moorman is the fifth known commitment for the Badgers in the 2015 class, joining fellow lineman Jon Dietzen, who verbaled on Sunday, along with quarterback Austin Kafentzis, tight end Kyle Penniston and athlete Andrew James. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound prospect from Northville High School, who was offered by UW last week, chose Wisconsin over scholarships from Minnesota, Illinois and Cincinnati, among others.

"They offered last week and throughout the process I had three elite schools, and Wisconsin was one of them," Moorman, a three-star prospect, said. "It's been my dream ever since I was a little kid to play in the Big Ten at a school like Wisconsin. The academics and tradition at Wisconsin really stood out to me."

Moorman was recruited by Jeff Genyk, who handles the state of Michigan for Wisconsin, and position coach T.J. Woods. He first let Andersen know about his plans to be a Badger.

"I felt really comfortable with the coaching staff at Wisconsin," Moorman said. "Coach Genyk and coach Woods made me feel like a big priority and I can't wait to play for those guys. I called coach Andersen and he was very excited. He said I was one of their top guys on the board. Coach Andersen said he can't wait to get me back on campus to learn more about my future home."

With Moorman and Dietzen in the mix on the offensive line, the Badgers will likely still look to add at least two more recruits at the position. Pat Allen, Sam Madden, James Daniels, Kevin Estes, Andre James and EJ Donahue, among others, all remain high priority targets for the staff.

"I don't want to speak with the coaches but I definitely think they want to add some more linemen to this class, I think it's a priority," Moorman said. "I'm excited to start recruiting them and start acting like a coach for Wisconsin."

In-state universities Michigan and Michigan State both showed strong interest, though Moorman said an offer from either later in the process would not shakeup up his commitment.

"I'm 100 percent committed to Wisconsin," Moorman said. "Schools can still recruitment me as much as they want, but I'm 100 percent committed to Wisconsin."

Moorman is the No. 3 player in Michigan and the No. 37 offensive tackle in the 2015 class, according to Rivals.com.

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