Everett High senior defensive back Lubern Figaro tweeted tonight that he has committed to the University of Wisconsin for the 2014 season.
— Lubern Figaro (@Lubern5) September 26, 2013
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Figaro chose the Badgers over Michigan State and Syracuse. In all, he had more than a dozen Division 1 FBS offers, and last summer had named a final five of the aforementioned three plus Boston College and Vanderbilt.
"The coaches, the way I felt around them, I felt back at home," Figaro told ESPNBoston.com tonight. "The atmosphere there, the players, they treat me well. The coaches there provide everything for me to succeed in life.
"If you can't go to the NFL, you've got a good degree at Wisconsin. I'm probably going to do sports management."
Alluding to his high school team's nickname (Crimson Tide) and colors (red), Figaro added, "They're a Top 25 team in the country, they're aggressive, and I bleed red. I bleed the color red."
Figaro is the No. 4 overall prospect in Massachusetts according to ESPNU. He most likely projects as a safety for the Badgers, though there is a chance he could fit at nickel or cornerback. Figaro runs a 40-yard dash in the 4.5 range and has a reputation as one of the state's most feared hitters from the secondary.
Through two games this season, Figaro has 15 tackles, four passes deflected and a sack. Last season, alternating between safety and slot corner, he started all 12 games for the Tide as they won their third straight MIAA Eastern Mass. Super Bowl, registering 37 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions.
Wisconsin scooped up one of Figaro's former teammates, Jakarrie Washington, two weeks before National Letter of Intent Signing Day last February. Figaro said Washington -- who is currently seeing time at cornerback as a true freshman -- was a heavy influence in recruiting him to Madison.
"He's a good friend of mine. He was recruiting me pretty hard to join him over there," Figaro said.
Scouts Inc. has this to say about Figaro in his current evaluation, which you can find in full HERE (Insider only).
"Figaro plays both the strong safety/in the box and outside linebacker positions and has the size, strength and playing speed for the defensive safety spot at the BCS level. His high cut frame appears capable of adding bulk over time provided athleticism and speed continue to improve. This guy is a tough customer who demonstrates strong wrap tackling ability. ... From a variety of alignments this prospect demonstrates quick key and diagnosis reaction skills when defending against the run and pass and is quick off the mark, showing good inside run blitz timing. He doesn't get out of position and takes proper angles to the football. Isn't the type who sits back waiting for plays to come his way. Instead, he attacks the football aggressively. ... This prospect is a downhill run defender with the quickness needed to avoid blockers and make plays in tight spaces and from on and off alignments. His ability to move through traffic, avoid trash and play to the sideline is impressive. He displays the strong wrap tackling skills which don't allow leaky yards after contact."
Below are Figaro's junior year highlights: