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Cole Caufield

Mosinee native Cole Caufield has 23 goals in 17 games for the U.S. National Under-17 Team.

Since Cole Caufield and his brother Brock decommitted from Ohio State earlier this year, the speculation was that the Mosinee natives were destined for their home-state school.

That turned out to be true.

Brock Caufield made an oral commitment to the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team on Friday, and on Sunday, five-star forward prospect Cole Caufield announced the same decision on Twitter.

Cole Caufield, 16, is one of the top forward prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft and already has made a name for himself in international competition.

Earlier this month, he scored three goals in the championship game of the World Under-17 Challenge. He had eight goals and five assists in six games at the tournament, earning a spot on the all-star team.

TSN scouting director Craig Button wrote that Cole Caufield "is a good reminder that offense can come in all shapes and sizes."

Cole Caufield, who's 5-foot-6 and 146 pounds, "has the great ability to arrive at the right spots at the right times, which makes him very difficult to mark," Button wrote in including him in a list of 19 players likely to be high selections in the 2019 NHL Draft. "He has a quick release and is elusive. When you score like he does, height doesn't matter."

A former player for Stevens Point Area High School and Team Wisconsin, Cole Caufield leads the U.S. National Under-17 Team with 23 goals in 17 games.

At the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, he's teammates with centers Alex Turcotte and Owen Lindmark, both of whom also have given Badgers coaches an oral commitment.

Recruiting site NeutralZone.net listed Cole Caufield as a five-star recruit and noted his "elite acceleration," "shifty footwork" and "high-level hockey sense, vision (and) poise."

Brock Caufield, an 18-year-old forward for the United States Hockey League's Green Bay Gamblers, said Friday that his brother decommitted from Ohio State about a week earlier than he did.

"We're really close, and he's a great brother and my best friend," Brock Caufield said. "Whatever decision he makes and feels is right for his future, I'm going to support him 100 percent."

With the Caufields, there are 32 players who are known to have given non-binding oral commitments to Badgers coaches, who aren't allowed to speak publicly on unsigned recruits.

Eight of them signed a National Letter of Intent earlier this month and are projected to join the Badgers next season.

Brock Caufield said his enrollment could be in 2018 or 2019, and Cole Caufield is on pace for 2019.

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