DeMatha High (Hyattsville, Md.) running back Taiwan Deal holds double digit offers and he discusses…
No Complaints about Wisconsin
Every recruiting cycle, the Badgers are always looking to bring in that workhorse back for their powerful pro-style attack. A perfect candidate for the job is Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic tailback Taiwan Deal, who holds an offer from Wisconsin and has already made a spring time visit up to Madison. "Wisconsin is a great place and I could see myself there," Deal told Badger Nation. "They have great facilities, great coaching staff and people who make you feel comfortable. That is a big thing about Wisconsin is the people. I love the people, the school and great tradition. The education is great and one of the best in the world. You couldn't go wrong with it, so I just feel like Wisconsin is a really good place." "I went up to Wisconsin during my spring break and it went excellent. They gave me a tour around the facilities and the daily life of a football player, so stuff like that. They have a good atmosphere around Wisconsin and really enjoyed myself." One concern that the 6-2, 225-pound back doesn't have to worry about when it comes to Wisconsin is its physical brand of football. "I could strive in a pro-style offense like Wisconsin," said Deal. "The offense that I come from is a pro-style offense and we run inside, outside and zone. When I was watching Wisconsin practice, we run basically some of the plays that they run. I think I could adjust easily to that offense." Wisconsin looks to be sitting in pretty good shape with the highly touted back because of the job running backs coach Thomas Hammock has put forth. The bond between them has really grown and has made it feel like a second home to Deal. "It is over and beyond," Deal said of his relationship with Hammock. "I have a great relationship with him and we talk almost every other day. He asks me how I'm doing, how my grades are and if I have been working hard. We don't even talk about football that much and we talk other things in life. I really enjoy talking to him and he is just a great coach." Despite his affinity for Wisconsin, the No. 55 running back in the country by Fox Sports Next is still taking his time in the recruiting process and has everyone on an equal playing field. "My recruitment is going well," said Deal. "I (recently) picked up an offer from Pittsburgh and Syracuse and felt that was a pretty good pick up to add to the list. I have about 14 or 15 offers, I'm not completely sure on the exact number since I haven't been counting lately, but it is a lot. "Not at all is anyone sticking out to me right now. Everyone is pretty neutral and I still have some decisions and visits to make. After that, then I will have a better picture of what I want to do. I couldn't really say when I plan on narrowing my choices and when the time is right." Deal might have a pretty busy summer coming up with trying to hit as many of the schools that have offered him and Wisconsin could be a place he goes again. "I am going to go up north and down south with those visits. I am going to try and kill two birds with one stone," said Deal. "I plan on going to possibly visit Michigan State, Purdue, Boston College, UConn and a lot of schools that I have offers from. I am trying to stop by and see them and then down south go to West Virginia. I had a great experience at Wisconsin already, so why not go back up there for a visit? I am going to try to do all these, but if I can't, then I can't. I like to visit some schools this summer." With his team loaded with a number of BCS level recruits, including Badgers targets Chris Jones, Cameron Phillips and Brock Ruble, Deal is eager to get the season started and work to accomplish his goal for his senior year, which is go out on top. "As for my senior as a team, I would say that we want to win the championship," he said. "We want to go on to that national level and we are trying to do big things this year. I feel like we got the program to do it. Our goals are working hard, being prepared, staying focused and coming together as a team to help win the championship."
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