After having limited scholarships in the classes of 2012 and 2013, the Wisconsin Badgers should be able to sign close to a full class in 2014 and are off to a quick start. On Thursday they grabbed their second commitment of the class from one of the Midwest's top rising junior quarterback prospects.
"I just committed to the University of Wisconsin," announced Sturgis, Mich., signal caller Chance Stewart Thursday morning. "I woke up, knew it was the right place to go and pulled the trigger - called Coach [Bret Bielema] and let him know. He was excited and told me I got his day going off in the right direction."
Stewart's decision comes on the heels of an unofficial visit to Madison Tuesday. He had brought his father on previous unofficial visits to Wisconsin, but brought his mother with him this week so she could see the campus for herself.
"It was really important to get mom over there," Stewart said. "She wanted to check it out and hasn't been on many of my trips this summer so she was excited to get out to Madison… and she had a blast. She got to see the whole campus, check out the facilities and meet the coaches. She was smiling at the end, so I was happy.
Stewart said he was ready to make a commitment to the Badgers while on the visit, but his parents encouraged him to take it home and think it over. After sleeping on it for two nights, Stewart was ready to make the decision official.
"I always had a high interest in Wisconsin ever since I watched the ball game last fall against Purdue," Stewart said. "Getting the offer increased [the interest] a lot, and then coming back up [Tuesday] … I just really like everything they do there and how they handle things."
Once Stewart knew he wanted to be a Badger, he did not want to wait to make his commitment official because he wanted to start helping Wisconsin grow their 2014 class.
"I kind of have to do some research now on the guys they are approaching," Stewart said. "I talked to Coach B and he said we were going to be in contact, so we're going to take it slow and start talking to some guys, see what I can do to make that 2014 class real strong."
In Stewart, Wisconsin is getting a 6-foot-6, 210-pound passer who has started since his freshman season for Sturgis High. His other offer besides Wisconsin had come from Western Michigan, but he was receiving strong interest from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame.