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 Status  Name Video Position Height Weight  Hometown (High School/Last School)
 Scholarship Beau Benzschawel Small Video Graphic OL 6-5 280 Grafton, Wis. (Grafton)
 Scholarship Taiwan Deal Small Video Graphic RB 6-1 225 Capitol Heights, Md. (DeMatha)
 Scholarship Michael Deiter Small Video Graphic OL 6-5 310 Curtice, Ohio (Genoa)
 Scholarship D'Cota Dixon Small Video Graphic CB 5-11 190 Oak Hill, Fla. (New Smyrna Beach)
 Scholarship T.J. Edwards Small Video Graphic OLB 6-0 230 Lake Villa, Ill. (Lakes Community)
 Scholarship Lubern Figaro Small Video Graphic S 6-1 185 Everett, Mass. (Everett)
 Scholarship Rafael Gaglianone Small Video Graphic K 6-0 220 Sao Paulo, Brazil (Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor)
 Scholarship Jaden Gault Small Video Graphic OL 6-6 310 Cottage Grove, Wis. (Monona Grove)
 Scholarship D.J. Gillins Small Video Graphic QB 6-3 185 Jacksonville, Fla. (Ribault)
 Scholarship Billy Hirschfeld Small Video Graphic DL 6-6 270 Okauchee, Wis. (Hartland Arrowhead)
 Scholarship Austin Hudson Small Video Graphic S 6-2 190 Tampa, Fla. (Plant)
 Scholarship Natrell Jamerson Small Video Graphic WR 6-0 175 Ocala, Fla. (Vanguard)
 Scholarship Chris Jones Small Video Graphic WR 6-2 190 Baltimore, Md. (DeMatha)
 Scholarship Micah Kapoi Small Video Graphic OL 6-4 305 Kapolei, Hawaii (Kapolei)
 Scholarship Caleb Kinlaw Small Video Graphic RB 5-9 190 Goose Creek, S.C. (Goose Creek)
 Scholarship Jacob Maxwell Small Video Graphic OL 6-6 280 Greendale, Wis. (Greendale)
 Scholarship George Panos Small Video Graphic OL 6-5 290 Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)
 Scholarship Jeremy Patterson Small Video Graphic DL 6-3 285 Screven, Ga. (Wayne County)
 Scholarship George Rushing III Small Video Graphic WR 6-1 180 Miramar, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons)
 Scholarship Krenwick Sanders Small Video Graphic WR 6-2 190 Jesup, Ga. (Wayne County)
 Scholarship Conor Sheehy Small Video Graphic DL 6-4 275 Milwaukee, Wis. (Marquette)
 Scholarship Derrick Tindal Small Video Graphic CB 5-11 180 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Boyd Anderson)
 Scholarship Ula Tolutau Small Video Graphic RB 6-2 235 Glendale, Utah (Salt Lake City East)
 Scholarship Serge Trezy Small Video Graphic S 6-1 200 Orlando, Fla. (Agape/Eastern Arizona)
 Scholarship Dareian Watkins Small Video Graphic WR 6-1 200 Galion, Ohio (Galion)
 Walk-On Chasen Andersen ILB 6-0 220 Logan, Utah (Logan)
 Walk-On Matt Austin ILB 6-3 210 Fond du Lac, Wis. (St. Mary’s Springs)
 Walk-On Brett Connors OL 6-6 300 New Berlin, Wis. (West)
 Walk-On Sam Eckert TE 6-4 220 East Troy, Wis. (East Troy)
 Walk-On Justin Schweitzer OLB 6-1 195 Silver Lake, Wis. (Wilmot)
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 Beau Benzschawel
 OL  |  6-5  |  280  |  Grafton, Wis. (Grafton)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports … first-team all-state by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a senior … also an All-North Shore Conference and all-region pick at both defensive end and tight end … recorded 60 total tackles, including 12 TFLs and 5.5 sacks as a senior … also had 13 receptions for 203 yards and three touchdowns … earned all-conference honors on both offense and defense as sophomore, junior and senior … two-year team MVP … also lettered three years each in basketball and baseball … high school coach was Ben Chossek

Personal: Parents are Scott and Barcie Benzschawel … father played football at UW from 1983-87 … honor roll student


 Taiwan Deal
 RB  |  6-1  |  225  |  Capitol Heights, Md. (DeMatha)

High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals, three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout and 247 Sports … Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior in 2013 … named first-team all-state, first-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro and first-team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference after rushing for 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, leading DeMatha to WCAC title … as a junior, named second-team All-WCAC at running back after recording 1,017 rushing yards and scoring 21 TDs … third-team All-WCAC at running back as a sophomore, rushing for 900 yards and 13 TDs … finished DeMatha career with 3,117 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns … as a freshman, recorded 55 total tackles, including five sacks, while playing defense … high school coach was Elijah Brooks

Personal: Parents are George Deal and Towanna Deal … cousin Mikeal Hopkins plays basketball at Georgetown … cousin Ian Thomas played linebacker at Illinois from 2007-11 … honor roll student … named Maryland Army National Guard Ring of Honor Student-Athlete of the Month as a junior in September 2012


 Michael Deiter
 OL  |  6-5  |  310  |  Curtice, Ohio (Genoa)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports ... named first-team All-Ohio on offensive line as a senior, also earning Associated Press District IV Lineman of the Year and Great Lakes Region Lineman of the Year honors while leading Genoa to 10-1 record ... first-team All-Northern Buckeye Conference selection as a junior and senior ... named all-conference as both offensive lineman and defensive lineman as a junior in 2012 ... two-time first-team all-district pick ... as a senior, ranked second at Genoa with 42 solo tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks ... also lettered in baseball ... high school coach was Tim Spiess

Personal: Parents are Dave and Deanne Deiter ... three-year high honor roll student


 D'Cota Dixon
 CB  |  5-11  |  190  |  Oak Hill, Fla. (New Smyrna Beach)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports ... four-year starter at defensive back and a three-year team captain ... first-team all-state by Associated Press as a senior ... earned second-team all-state honors as a junior ... three-time all-area pick at defensive back and running back ... Daytona Quarterback Club Player of the Week as a senior

Personal: Mother is Beth Caston ... brother Daryl Dixon played safety at Florida from 1999-2003 and is assistant coach at Ball State


 T.J. Edwards
 OLB  |  6-0  |  230  |  Lake Villa, Ill. (Lakes Community)

High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout … honorable mention all-state by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association as a junior and senior … first-team All-North Suburban Conference and all-area pick as a junior and senior … as a senior, posted 20 tackles, 2 TFLs, 2 sacks and an interception in only three games on defense, while throwing for 11 TDs in limited action on offense … as a junior, threw for 1,789 yards and 19 touchdowns while rushing for 492 yards and another 11 scores … finished career with 17-3 record as Lakes’ starting quarterback, throwing for over 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns … also ran for 854 yards and 16 TDs in two seasons as QB … also lettered four years in basketball and two in baseball … high school coach was Luke Mertens

Personal: Parents are Cathy and Vince Edwards … brother Lee Chiakas played rugby at Southern Illinois from 2006-08


 Lubern Figaro
 S  |  6-1  |  185  |  Everett, Mass. (Everett)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout and 247 Sports ... finished career with 117 tackles, 9 sacks, 7 interceptions and 13 pass breakups ... part of three Massachusetts Division 1A state championship teams at Everett ... as a senior, named All-Scholastic by the Boston Globe after posting 50 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions and five pass breakups ... as a junior, recorded 37 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions ... also played basketball ... high school coach was John Dibiaso

Personal: Parents are Lubern and Phanish Figaro … cousin Nerlens Noel played basketball at Kentucky and now plays for Philadelphia 76ers ... cousin Jim Noel played defensive back at Boston College from 2009-12 ... cousin Rodman Noel plays linebacker at NC State


 Rafael Gaglianone
 K  |  6-0  |  220  |  Sao Paulo, Brazil (Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout and 247 Sports ... named Tennessee Mr. Football Kicker of the Year after going 10-for-14 on field goals with a long of 57 yards and sending 42 of 44 kickoff attempts through the end zone ... finalist for Tennessee Mr. Football ... two-time all-state and all-region selection ... selected for Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game ... has also lettered three years in soccer, helping lead Baylor to state title as a sophomore ... high school coach was Phil Massey

Personal: Parents are Eduardo Gaglianone and Marta Nogueira ... brother Thiago Gaglianone plays soccer at Cal Lutheran


 Jaden Gault
 OL  |  6-6  |  310  |  Cottage Grove, Wis. (Monona Grove)

High School: Four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports ... ranked as No. 4 tackle in nation by 247 Sports, No. 9 by Scout and No. 10 by ESPN.com ... selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... as a senior, named first-team All-American by MaxPreps ... first-team all-state by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a junior and senior ... led Monona Grove to 2013 Wisconsin Division 3 state championship ... won Badger South Conference titles in each of final three seasons ... three-time unanimous All-Badger South Conference selection ... did not allow a sack in three seasons as starter on offensive line ... also lettered in track and field ... high school coach was Mike Stassi

Personal: Parents are Matt and Kari Gault


 D.J. Gillins
 QB  |  6-3  |  185  |  Jacksonville, Fla. (Ribault)

High School: Four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals and 247 Sports ... ranked as No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247 Sports, No. 9 by Rivals and No. 17 by ESPN.com ... four-year starter at quarterback for Eagle’s View Academy and Ribault, throwing for 7,271 yards and 76 touchdowns ... threw for 2,000 yards in three separate seasons ... also ran for 775 yards and 13 TDs ... three-time all-state selection ... transferred to Ribault for senior season, throwing for 2,371 yards and 22 touchdowns while running for 602 yards and eight rushing scores en route to all-state and All-Gateway Conference honors ... as a junior at Eagle’s View, completed first pass of season for 55-yard touchdown before tearing ACL on second drive of season-opening game ... as a sophomore, threw for 2,667 yards and 31 touchdowns while rushing for another five TDs, earning all-state honors ... threw for 2,178 yards and 22 TDs as a freshman to earn all-state honorable mention ... named to All-Combine Team at 2012 Orlando Nike Sparq Combine ... four-year team MVP ... four-year team captain ... also competed in basketball and track and field ... high school coaches were Ryan Keith (Eagle’s View Academy) and Anthony Flynn (Ribault)

Personal: Parents are Daniel and Teisha Gillins


 Billy Hirschfeld
 DL  |  6-6  |  270  |  Okauchee, Wis. (Hartland Arrowhead)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports … played for Team USA in International Bowl … finished career with 184 tackles, 49 TFLs, 35 sacks, 9 forced fumbles, 8 pass breakups and 2 blocked field goals … recipient of Tim Krumrie Award as top defensive lineman in Wisconsin … first-team all-state selection by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a junior and senior, helping lead Arrowhead to consecutive Division 1 state championships … as a senior, named Classic 8 Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year after recording 68 tackles, 21 TFLs, 15 sacks, 5 pass breakups and 4 forced fumbles … two-time first-team all-region, all-area and All-Classic 8 selection … as a junior, recorded 64 tackles, 17 TFLs, 11 sacks, 3 forced fumbles … also had 52 tackles, 11 TFLs, 9 sacks and 2 forced fumbles as a sophomore … also lettered three years in basketball … head coach was Greg Malling

Personal: Parents are Ronnie and Antoinette Hirschfeld … has a sister, Anne … selected to Principal’s Cabinet


 Austin Hudson
 S  |  6-2  |  190  |  Tampa, Fla. (Plant)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout and 247 Sports ... finished senior season with 90 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 12 pass breakups, three interceptions and two forced fumbles ... also had 20 receptions for 447 yards and six touchdowns as a receiver ... helped Plant to second-consecutive district championship as a senior, advancing to Florida Class 8A state semifinals in 2013 ... also participated in track and field ... high school coach was Robert Weiner

Personal: Parents are Eric Hudson and Samantha Hudson Geiger ... uncle, Buzz Geiger, played football at Virginia Tech and for the Washington Redskins ... AP scholar ... finished high school with 4.6 cumulative GPA


 Natrell Jamerson
 WR  |  6-0  |  175  |  Ocala, Fla. (Vanguard)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout and 247 Sports ... finished career with 119 catches for 2,096 yards and 42 touchdowns ... first-team Class 6A all-state selection by Associated Press as a senior after posting 68 receptions for 1,195 yards and 17 touchdowns, along with two kickoff returns for touchdown ... named District 7 MVP by Florida Athletic Coaches Association ... two-time all-district and all-county pick as a senior and junior ... as a junior, caught 33 passes for 643 yards and seven TDs on way to being named to the All-North Florida first team ... high school coach was Alex Casteneda

Personal: Mother is Uvonda WIlkerson


 Chris Jones
 WR  |  6-2  |  190  |  Baltimore, Md. (DeMatha)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports ... two-time All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference selection as a junior and senior ... honorable mention all-state as a senior ... selected for Chesapeake Bowl all-star game, where he recorded 117 receiving yards and two touchdowns ... also picked for Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, recording 150 receiving yards and three TDs ... as a senior, had 30 catches for over 500 yards and a pair of TDs ... grabbed 45 passes for 800 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior ... high school coach was Elijah Brooks

Personal: Parents are Troy Jones and Raquel Jones ... sister Racquel Jones competed in track and field at Boise State ... brother Troy Jones plays football at Western Kentucky


 Micah Kapoi
 OL  |  6-4  |  305  |  Kapolei, Hawaii (Kapolei)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com … first-team all-state and first-team All-Oahu Interscholastic Association selection as a senior … selected for HUB Goodwill Senior Bowl, Samoa Bowl and NUC all-star games … second-team All-OIA and third-team all-state as a junior … also three-year letterwinner in basketball and two-year letterwinner in track ... high school coach was Darren Hernandez

Personal: Parents are Dean Kapoi and Patti Kapoi … cousin Mana Greig played football at Oregon from 2009-13 … named to Principal’s List as a senior


 Caleb Kinlaw
 RB  |  5-9  |  190  |  Goose Creek, S.C. (Goose Creek)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports ... two-time all-state honoree ... carried 469 times for 4,186 yards in prep career, including three 1,000-yard seasons ... scored 52 touchdowns in 39 career games ... as a senior, rushed for 1,154 yards and 21 touchdowns en route to all-state, all-region and All-Lowcountry honors ... selected for Shrine Bowl after senior season ... as a junior, ran for 1,006 yards and 15 touchdowns, earning all-state and All-Lowcountry laurels ... rushed for 1,497 yards and 12 TDs as a sophomore as Goose Creek claimed 4A Division II state championship ... ran for 529 yards and 5 TDs as a freshman ... also a four-year letterwinner in track and field ... high school coach was Chuck Reedy

Personal: Parents are Rodney and Isreal Kinlaw ... brother Rodney Kinlaw played football at Penn State from 2003-07 and was MVP of the 2007 Alamo Bowl ... uncle Courtney Brown played football at Penn State from 1996-99 and in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos ... cousins Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech) and Pierson Priouleau (Virginia Tech) also played college football and in the NFL ... cousin Kalana Greene played basketball at UConn from 2005-10 and currently plays for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA


 Jacob Maxwell
 OL  |  6-6  |  280  |  Greendale, Wis. (Greendale)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout ... started on offense and defense for Greendale ... as an offensive lineman, named first-team all-state by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a senior ... also first-team all-area, all-region and unanimous first-team All-Woodland Conference ... named Woodland Conference Lineman of the Year ... runner-up for Joe Thomas Award given to state’s top offensive lineman ... also played nose guard as a senior, recording 50 tackles, five TFLs and four sacks ... posted 21 tackles, three TFLs and a sack while playing defensive end as a junior ... also lettered in track and field ... high school coach was Rob Stoltz

Personal: Parents are David and Tracie Maxwell ... four-year high honor roll student


 George Panos
 OL  |  6-5  |  290  |  Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)

High School: Four-star recruit by Scout … three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals and 247 Sports … selected for Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … four-year starter on offensive line … first-team all-state selection by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a junior and senior … helped guide Arrowhead to consecutive Division 1 state championships in 2012 and 2013 … first-team all-region, all-area and All-Classic 8 Conference as a junior and senior … high school coach was Greg Malling

Personal: Parents are Joe Panos and Michelle Panos … father played on offensive line at Wisconsin from 1990-93, serving as captain of 1993 Big Ten championship team while earning All-America honors, and was third-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1994 NFL Draft


 Jeremy Patterson
 DL  |  6-3  |  285  |  Screven, Ga. (Wayne County)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports ... finished career with 118 tackles, 33 TFLs, 23 sacks, 14 pass breakups and 11 fumble recoveries ... all-state selection by Atlanta Journal Constitution and Associated Press as a senior ... selected to play in Georgia Sports Alliance East/West All-Star Game as a senior ... recorded 53 tackles, 18 TFLs and 14 sacks as a senior ... two-time all-region pick in track and field ... also lettered in basketball ... high school coach was Jody Grooms

Personal: Has an older brother, Jarod Patterson


 George Rushing III
 WR  |  6-1  |  180  |  Miramar, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports ... named third-team all-state and first-team all-county as a senior ... recorded 49 receptions for 670 yards and 18 touchdowns despite playing with two other teammates that also accepted FBS scholarship offers ... tallied 26 receptions for 549 yards and nine TDs as a junior ... also a three-year letterwinner in track ... high school coach was Mike Morrill

Personal: Parents are George Rushing Jr. and Kimberly Ford and Pierre Eric ... father, George Rushing Jr., played football at Florida from 1990-93


 Krenwick Sanders
 WR  |  6-2  |  190  |  Jesup, Ga. (Wayne County)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports ... finished career with 199 catches for 3,613 yards (18.2 average) and 56 touchdown receptions ... also rushed for 879 yards and 6 TDs ... named all-state by Atlanta Journal Constitution and Associated Press as a senior after recording 65 catches for 1,483 yards and 26 TD receptions plus 463 rushing yards and 6 TDs ... selected to play in Georgia Sports Alliance East/West All-Star Game following senior season ... three-time all-region selection ... had 912 receiving yards and 12 TDs as a junior ... recorded 705 receiving yards and 11 TDs as a sophomore ... also a three-year all-region pick in basketball ... also lettered in track and field ... high school coach was Jody Grooms

Personal: Parents are Chandra Height and Reggie Sanders


 Conor Sheehy
 DL  |  6-4  |  275  |  Milwaukee, Wis. (Marquette)

High School: Four-star recruit by Scout … three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals and 247 Sports … finished career with 218 total tackles, 43 TFLs, 14 sacks and three forced fumbles … first-team all-state selection by the Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a senior … named Greater Metro Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year … finished senior season with 100 tackles, 20 TFLs and four sacks … earned WFCA all-state honors as a junior, finishing with 70 tackles, 20 TFLs and eight sacks … two-time all-area, all-region and all-conference first team selection … named second-team all-conference as a sophomore after recording 48 tackles, three TFLs and two sacks … took second place in national powerlifting competition as a sophomore … also competed in baseball, track and field and wrestling … head coach was Jeff Mazurczak

Personal: Parents are Tim and Elizabeth Sheehy … father played baseball at Wisconsin from 1977-78 … sister, Anna, competed in crew at Duke from 2009-10


 Derrick Tindal
 CB  |  5-11  |  180  |  Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Boyd Anderson)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout and 247 Sports ... first-team All-Broward County and second-team all-state selection as a senior after recording 33 tackles, seven pass breakups and five interceptions ... finished career with 150 tackles, 10 interceptions and 13 pass breakups ... had 47 tackles and three interceptions as a junior to earn third-team all-county recognition ... also competed in track and field ... high school coach was Wayne Blair

Personal: Parents are Derrick Tindal and Regina Singletary … cousin Corey Tindal plays football at Marshall and was 2013 Conference USA Co-Freshman of the Year … cousin Willie Tindal plays football at Southwest Baptist … honor roll student


 Ula Tolutau
 RB  |  6-2  |  235  |  Glendale, Utah (Salt Lake City East)

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports … ranked as No. 4 fullback in nation by ESPN.com … named Utah Mr. Football as a senior after rushing for 2,437 yards on just 195 carries (12.5 average) and scoring 31 touchdowns, including 16 that covered 40 or more yards … recorded 13 100-yard rushing games and two 300-yard games … first-team all-state selection as a senior … second-team all-state pick as a junior

Personal: Parents are Hopate and Kave Tolutau … cousin Sione Po’uha played football at Utah and for the New York Jets from 2005-12


 Serge Trezy
 S  |  6-1  |  200  |  Orlando, Fla. (Agape/Eastern Arizona)

At Eastern Arizona
2013: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports ... played running back, rushing for 814 yards (7.8 average) and six touchdowns to earn first-team All-Western States Football League honors ... also returned kicks, recording more than 1,300 all-purpose yards

2012: Saw action in four games, recording four total tackles and a sack at defensive end and 61 yards and a touchdown on seven carries at running back

High School: Rushed for 4,164 yards and 54 touchdowns in three years as starter at Agape Christian Academy ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... head coach was Victor Floyd

Personal: Mother is Sergette Trezy


 Dareian Watkins
 WR  |  6-1  |  200  |  Galion, Ohio (Galion)

High School: Four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports ... five-time first-team All-North Central Conference honoree, twice as quarterback, twice as punter and once as wide receiver ... named third-team all-state at wide receiver as a junior despite playing only five games at the position ... between rushing, passing and receiving was responsible for 86 touchdowns in career ... as a senior, threw for 1,456 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for 1,287 yards and 17 TDs ... also averaged 40.9 yards per punt as a senior ... also a four-year letterwinner in track and two-year letterwinner in basketball ... head coach was Chris Hawkins

Personal: Parents are Heath and Cheryl Watkins ... cousin Teven Eatmon-Nared plays football at Kentucky ... honor roll student


 Chasen Andersen
 ILB  |  6-0  |  220  |  Logan, Utah (Logan)

High School: Led all players in Utah, regardless of classification, with 160 tackles as a junior ... also had 18 tackles for loss and four sacks ... served as team captain of Logan team that claimed 2011 Utah Class 4A state championship ... named first-team all-state by Desert News and Salt Lake Tribune ... also named All-Cache Valley MVP and All-Region MVP ... missed senior season after suffering knee injury in season-opening game ... also lettered in baseball ... high school coach was Mike Favero

Personal: Parents are Gary and Stacey Andersen ... has a twin brother, Hagen ... older brother, Keegan, plays tight end at Utah State


 Matt Austin
 ILB  |  6-3  |  210  |  Fond du Lac, Wis. (St. Mary’s Springs)

High School: Named first-team all-state by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a senior after recording 131 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and an interception... also caught 10 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns ... elected North Team captain at 2013 WFCA All-Star Game ... helped St. Mary’s Springs to back-to-back Wisconsin Division 6 state championships as a junior and senior (2011 and 2012) ... as a junior, recorded 157 tackles, 14 TFLs, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and an interception ... two-time Wisconsin Flyway Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... three-time All-Wisconsin Flyway selection ... two-time all-region pick at linebacker ... finished career with 346 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, seven sacks, nine forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries -- three returned for touchdown -- and two interceptions ... also a four-year letterwinner in hockey, earning All-Badgerland Conference honors three times ... also lettered in track and field, earning all-conference honors twice ... high school coach was Bob Hyland

Personal: Parents are Pat and Kelly Austin ... National Honor Society member


 Brett Connors
 OL  |  6-6  |  300  |  New Berlin, Wis. (West)

High School: First-team All-Woodland Conference as a junior and senior … honorable mention All-Suburban by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a junior and senior … head coach was Alexander Moroder

Personal: Parents are William Connors and Carol Connors … Woodland Conference all-academic selection


 Sam Eckert
 TE  |  6-4  |  220  |  East Troy, Wis. (East Troy)

High School: Three-time All-Rock Valley North Conference first team selection … selected for 2014 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game … finished career with 109 receptions for 1,488 yards and 15 touchdowns … as a senior, pulled in 43 catches for 743 yards and 12 touchdowns … also recorded 52 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions on defense … four-year letterwinner in track and two-year letterwinner in basketball, qualifying for state tournament as a junior … head coach was Eric Sulik

Personal: Parents are Robert Eckert and Barbara Citerony … honor roll student


 Justin Schweitzer
 OLB  |  6-1  |  195  |  Silver Lake, Wis. (Wilmot)

High School: Two-time All-Southern Lakes Conference selection at linebacker ... led Wilmot in tackles as a junior ... qualified for Wisconsin state meet in 110-meter hurdles as a junior ... missed senior track season due to injury ... high school coach was Mike Greinke

Personal: Parents are Mary Servais and Mark Schweitzer ... enrolled in Air Force ROTC ... four-year scholar-athlete


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