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The Real Deal

For Taiwan Deal, the recruiting process wasn't about picking up as many offers or as many Twitter followers as possible from fans across the nation (He has less than 200 by the way). It was about finding a place he could call home for the next four to five years and a place that would best utilize his talents.

Deal became Wisconsin's ninth commitment in the class of 2014 on Tuesday.

That may not seem like a big statement, but in today's day and age, Deal is apart of a rare breed of recruit, that doesn't attract a lot of attention to himself regardless of who he is or who people expect him to become.

"I wasn't raised to be a flashy person," Deal told Badger247. "My dad always told me to be humble about my situation. When big things started happening, he told me I had to dedicate myself even more, become even humbler, and stay out of trouble.

"Social media--it's just a thing to me. I'm not the type of guy to run around and rack up fans, talk a lot of trash on Twitter. I made my decision and I'm happy with it."

Deal committed to Wisconsin Tuesday over other offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, UConn, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia among others. Deal also received interest from the likes of Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, and many more.

"I felt like Wisconsin was the best fit and the best place for me," Deal said. "Wisconsin and Coach Hammock kept it real with me the whole time. I did my research. Wisconsin is a great school academically and athletically as well. I'm going to be playing division one football at one of the best colleges in the country."

As a junior, Deal rushed for 955 yards and 21 touchdowns on just 130 attempts (7.35 ypc). The 6-foot-2, 225-pound back averaged a touchdown after every six rushes in 2012.

Deal called up Running Backs Coach Thomas Hammock early Monday morning to notify him of his decision.

"I just said 'I'm committing,'" Deal said. "He just went crazy and was hollering. It made me feel real good.

"I got to talk to Coach Andersen (Gary Andersen) too. He was real excited. He said I can still call him whenever."

Deal had a top five of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Purdue, and Wisconsin, before settling on the Badgers. He plans to return to Madison in July for another visit.

Planning to commit in June all along, the three-star running back feels he'll be content with his choice all the way up to National Signing Day.

"I feel Wisconsin is the place for me," he said. "My father said 'Good things happen to those who wait.' I feel I waited long enough. A good enough opportunity came, so I took it.

"For other schools, I'll let them know, there's a reason why I didn't choose that school. I'm happy with my decision."

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