Wisconsin football secures commitment from DeMatha RB Taiwan Deal


DeMatha senior RB Taiwan Deal committed to Wisconsin on Tuesday (Doug Kapustin for The Washington Post)

Taiwan Deal‘s father has always told him that good things come to those who wait. But Monday night, as the DeMatha senior running deeply pondered his college decision, Deal realized he couldn’t wait any longer to make that good thing official.

So after letting his “blood boil over” with excitement during a mostly sleepless Monday night, Deal awoke Tuesday and officially announced his commitment to play football at Wisconsin.

“The coaches were hollering and screaming over the phone after I told them,” Deal said. “I visited Wisconsin this spring and after thinking about it last week, I realized that this was the place that I wanted to be.”

Midway through the spring, Deal cut down his lengthy list of offers to five — Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin — before cutting out Pitt and Virginia Tech and leaving a trio of Big Ten schools. Following visits to Purdue and Wisconsin, Deal liked the idea of taking his aggressive running style to the Badgers.

“I’m a big back that’s physical and can also make people miss sometimes,” Deal said. “That’s what the coaches wanted and needed and I felt like it was the place where I could succeed most.”

Deal’s coach at DeMatha, Elijah Brooks, agrees. At 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, Brooks believes Deal’s mix of speed and size will work as well with the Badgers as it has for the Stags. Last season, Deal rushed for a team-high 965 yards and 21 touchdowns.

“His size sticks out and he’s an aggressive, downhill runner,” Brooks said. “For what Wisconsin does, it’s a great fit for him.”

Deal’s commitment marks the second in as many days for DeMatha’s talented senior class. Monday saw Deonte Holden pledge to play at N.C. State and running back Mark Allen committed to Penn State last October.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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