Nzegwu, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound athlete at Platteville (Wis.) High School who expects to play defensive end or outside linebacker at Wisconsin, first tried to reach Bielema to commit on Friday night. But Bielema, a native or Prophetstown, Ill., was visiting family in his native state over the holiday weekend.
"Bielema said he was happy and he was glad," Nzegwu said in a telephone interview yesterday afternoon. "It made his day. It really made mine because I was just trying to get a hold of him."
"It was (a) brief (conversation) because he was with his family and all," Nzegwu added. "But I was excited to talk to him, say I wanted to officially commit to his program. Then we talked about that just a little bit and that was about it."
Nzegwu had a very good idea he would commit to the Badgers after he received his scholarship offer last week, following a UW summer football camp.
"It is close and I have a chance to play," he said. "They have open spots I think by the time I get done redshirting… some of their players will be gone at the positions I'm looking forward to play at."
One Badger who will still be around when Nzegwu reaches campus in the fall of 2007 is current-sophomore cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, to whom Nzegwu is related.
"He said you will love it down here," Nzegwu said. "It's great. A great program."
Nzegwu was a highly productive running back as a junior at Platteville last fall and he expects to predominantly play that position again this season. But he will likely play rush end as well.
"We have our team camp in about a week or two," Nzegwu said. "And practice is going to be a little bit different because I played only one way last year and practice went by really fast and everything like that. I'm looking to play a little bit more of defense this season. And I'm hoping our team will win conference…
"I don't think I'll be playing full-time (defensive) end. But I'll be getting some reps at the end position."
Nzegwu said it was good to get the commitment out of the way now, which is why he was so eager to speak to Bielema.
"(My family is) glad that I found a college and that I chose it early because all the time (consumed) with recruiting and stuff like that," Nzegwu said. "They kind of got sick of me going to camps and stuff like that every weekend."
His camp experiences, though, delivered the fruits of a scholarship offer to Wisconsin. He is the Badgers' fourth known commit for the class of 2007, joining Middleton, Wis., wide receiver Nick Toon; St. Francis, Wis., offensive tackle Josh Oglesby; and Arlington, Texas safety Donte Neal.