Jan. 21, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- With the start of classes for the spring semester at UW-Madison on Tuesday, the Badgers officially welcomed seven newcomers to the Wisconsin football program.
The Badgers' crop of early enrollees includes three linebackers, a pair of offensive linemen, a safety and a quarterback. All seven will be freshmen for the Badgers in 2014.
OL - Curtice, Ohio (Genoa)
A three-star recruit, Deiter comes to Wisconsin after a prep career that saw him named first-team all-state as a senior. He was also tabbed as the Associated Press District IV Lineman of the Year for his work in leading Genoa to a 10-1 record. Playing on both sides of the ball, he also ranked second on the team with 42 solo tackles, 17 TFLs and 6.5 sacks.
OL - Cottage Grove, Wis. (Monona Grove)
A four-star recruit, Gault elected to stay close to home by joining the Badgers after a decorated prep career that included leading Monona Grove High School to the Wisconsin Division 3 state championship at Camp Randall Stadium last fall. A two-time first-team all-state selection, Gault was selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and is considered one of the nation's top offensive tackles.
QB - Jacksonville, Fla. (Ribault)
A four-star recruit, Gillins is considered one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation and comes to Wisconsin after a high school career that saw him throw for more than 7,271 yards and 76 touchdowns in just over three seasons. He also rushed for 775 yards and another 13 TDs on the ground. As a senior, Gillins accounted for 2,973 yards of total offense and 30 total touchdowns.
S - Tampa, Fla. (Plant)
A three-star recruit, Hudson was a playmaker on both sides of the ball at Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., but will play safety for the Badgers. He finished his senior season with 90 tackles, 3.0 TFLs, 12 pass breakups, three interceptions and two forced fumbles to help Plant advance to the Florida Class 8A state semifinals. He also had 20 receptions for 447 yards and six touchdowns.
ILB - Logan, Utah (Logan)
An injury in his Logan High School team's season-opening game kept Chasen Andersen sidelined for his senior season, but what he did as a junior left a lasting impression. Andersen, the son of UW head coach Gary Andersen, helped lead Logan to the Utah Class 4A state title by leading all players in the state with 160 tackles, including 18 TFLs and four sacks.
ILB - Fond du Lac, Wis. (St. Mary's Springs Academy)
A first-team all-state selection and captain of the North Team for the 2013 WFCA All-Star Game, Austin was one of Wisconsin's top defensive players as a senior. He recorded 131 tackles and 14 TFLs while forcing five fumbles and snaring an interception. That followed his efforts that helped St. Mary's Springs Academy to back-to-back state titles in 2011 and 2012.
OLB - Silver Lake, Wis. (Wilmot)
A two-sport standout at Wilmot High School, Schweitzer was twice named All-Southern Lakes Conference for his efforts at linebacker, including leading Wilmot in tackles as a junior. He was also successful on the track, qualifying for the Wisconsin state meet in the 110-meter hurdles.