it appears this weekend’s unofficial visitors for the Wisconsin Badgers football program were impressed with what they saw. Just hours after fellow in-state recruit C.J. Goetz made his commitment another one came in the fold.
According to our recruiting partners at Badger247, Kimberly (Wis.) defensive end Boyd Dietzen also chose to verbally commit to the Badgers.
Proud and beyond excited to announce that I have committed to the University of Wisconsin to further my academic and athletic career! ?⚪️? pic.twitter.com/5yTon1SeB8
— Boyd Dietzen (@Boyd_Dietzen76) February 20, 2017
He was offered on Sunday and took the night to sleep things over, much like Goetz.
Unlike Goetz, Dietzen comes in as a familiar name on the recruiting trail. Not only is he the cousin of UW guard Jon Dietzen, but he is the No. 19 ranked weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 1 player in the state of Wisconsin according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Dietzen was much more heavily recruited, with offers from Power 5 schools like Iowa State, Minnesota and Syracuse. That’s probably because of his diverse skill set, as UW could use him as a defensive end, linebacker or even a tight end on the offensive side of the ball.
At 6-3, 235 pounds, Dietzen presents a lot of options for UW and could be an impactful player early on in his career. He certainly has the pedigree of winning football to him, having been a part of today’s most successful high school football program in the state of Wisconsin.
Kimberly just completed their fourth-straight D1 state title this past fall and could be in position for another one with Dietzen and other talents in the fold for the 2017 season.
As for the Badgers, Dietzen follows a long line of in-state defensive ends to sign with the program. Seven of the nine players at defensive end for UW are from the state of Wisconsin, including starters Chikwe Obasih and Conor Sheehy.