Another Power 5 school has earned a WPIAL commitment. Penn-Trafford Class of 2022 running back Cade Yacamelli announced his commitment to Wisconsin Monday evening.
— Cade Yacamelli (@cyacamelli) June 21, 2021
The 6-foot, 200-pound tailback spoke to Pittsburgh Sports Now about his thought process and decision.
“The people of Madison, it’s unbelievable, that’s pretty much why I felt so at home,” Yacamelli told PSN. “They coaching staff, they’re amazing people and amazing guys, same thing. Even the recruits, the guys I was on the visit with, I met them Thursday night and it was a little awkward at first, but then Saturday night comes around and we’re joking around and laughing like we’ve known each other for months. It was an awesome experience, an awesome family environment, and I couldn’t be happier to be a Badger.”
He also received a welcoming feeling from head coach Paul Chryst and the coaching staff.
“[When I got the offer], Paul Chryst game me a huge hug and shook my hand and he had a huge smile. I could just feel the happiness coming off of him, it was pretty cool. And then, when I was touring the campus, Coach Rudolph, the guy that’s been in contact with me from the very, very, very beginning, I’m talking to JT, the tight end commit, and all of the sudden he comes in and blindsides me, shoves me three yards, I turned back around and he has this huge grin on his face. It was pretty cool.”
Yacamelli isn’t yet sure what position he will play as Badger, but is open to anything they want from him.
“I don’t really know what position they’re putting me at since I’m still being recruited as an athlete, but I feel like I’m a great leader. I feel like I have good drive, good determination and grit and passion, too, and I plan to show those qualities during games.”
In 2020, Yacamelli was named to the WPIAL Class 5A Big East All-Conference team and helped the Warriors to a 6-2 record. His only other FBS offers came from each of the three service academies: Air Force, Army and Navy.