December 7, 2008

Thomas excited about joining Badger family

Darious Thomas knew he would be playing his college ball in the Big Ten, but it took in-home visits from his two finalists-Wisconsin and Iowa-this past week for the two-star prospect from Cedar Hill (Texas) to make his final decision.

"I felt more comfortable with the program and the team at Wisconsin," Taylor told Sunday night. "At the beginning of the week, the Wisconsin coaches went to visit my house on Tuesday and the coaches from Iowa came on Thursday. Those were my top two choices, so I wanted to get those home visits out of the way before I made my decision."

Taylor, who made his choice final on Friday, was welcomed into the Badger family by head coach Bret Bieleam.

"Coach Bielema was happy, he said, "Welcome to the family," Taylor said.

In addition to his comfort level in Madison after visiting the campus on Nov. 14, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect also felt a connection with his recruiting coach, Kerry Cooks.

"He's been cool and he's just a wonderful guy," Taylor said of Cooks, who recruits the Texas area. "The best part is that he'll be my position coach when I get up there. There were a few more Texas players at Wisconsin (Jay Valai, Marcus Cromartie, Devin Smith, Mario Goins, Shelton Johnson, Elijah Theus and Maurice Moore ), so that was also a factor."

Thomas expects to play cornerback when he arrives on campus this summer.

"They told me they like me at corner and they like my ability to tackle in the open field," he said.

Along with Wisconsin and Iowa, Thomas, who became the second defensive back from Texas (Josh Peprah) in Wisconsin's 2009 class, also had offers from Louisiana Tech, Kansas State and Houston.

Thomas is Wisconsin's 17th verbal in a class that could have three or four remaining spots.

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