LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla.- On Thursday, Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson safety Kevin Claxton made a verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin. The 6-foot-2, 192-pounder talked about his decision before Boyd Anderson's spring jamboree game against Palm Beach Lakes.
"I just felt that I fit into their system," he said. "I like the coaches."
Indeed Claxton's relationship with the Badgers' coaching staff played a huge role in his decision.
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"(Badgers co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Dave Doeren) and the defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks just kept everything real," Claxton said. "They didn't tell me anything that they thought I wanted to hear. They just told me about it."
Claxton felt that the Badgers were the right choice and informed his coach, who informed the Wisconsin coaching staff.
"I told (Boyd Anderson head coach) Mark James that I wanted to commit to Wisconsin and he talked to them and they sent me a text message. They were happy about it."
Claxton also considered Auburn and Ole Miss. He has never been to Madison, Wisc., but plans to check it out soon.
"I plan on going up there this summer," he said.
Claxton will play strong safety or free safety at Wisconsin.
Academic goals also played a part in his decision.
"They have a good sports medicine program and right now at my school we have a magnet program in sports medicine that I am in," Claxton said. "So I can just make the transition to that."
Doeren is no stranger to recruiting South Florida. He signed running back Zach Brown (Royal Palm Beach) and defensive tackle Jasper Grimes (Palm Beach Dwyer) out of Palm Beach County last year. He also was the recruiter of record for talented defensive back Aaron Henry of Immokalee, which also is in South Florida, but on the Treasure Coast near Naples/Fort Myers.
This is Doeren's first commitment for the Class of 2008 and the first commitment from the state of Florida for the Badgers in this year's class.