Baby Badger: Arthur Goldberg

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Arthur Goldberg
Defensive Tackle
6’4″, 270 pounds
Mt. Lebanon High School
Pittsburgh, Penn.

Ratings
Scout — NR
247 Sports — NR
Rivals —  NR
ESPN — Two Stars, No. 125 DT

Arthur Goldberg’s verbal commitment to Wisconsin last month came as a surprise to most who follow the program. Goldberg is an under-the-radar prospect and was still relatively unknown, even to the recruiting websites, when he committed.

But while Goldberg didn’t play the self-promotion game on the recruiting trail, it would appear the stars next to the defensive tackle’s name mean a lot less than what schools saw in the young man. He received early offers from Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple and West Virginia.

“I like Goldberg’s offer list and I like what scouts have to say about him,” Badger Nation Publisher Benjamin Worgull said.

Wisconsin hosted Goldberg at their camp in June. The Badgers staff must have been as impressed with him as the Pittsburgh native was with his first visit to UW. The Badgers offered a scholarship shortly after camp broke and Goldberg told Badger Nation he loved the campus and facilities and couldn’t pass up the chance to play in the Big Ten.

While Goldberg is a bit undersized for the defensive tackle position at this point, he ‘s expected to stick there.

“Goldberg is an undersized defensive tackle, but if he can add the bulk, his skill set is better suited for him to play inside,” ESPN says. “He looks to have a frame that can support more good size with time in a college weight program.”

He also has the nasty attitude necessary to thrive in the Big Ten trenches.

“I’m probably one of the meanest S.O.B.’s you’ll ever meet,” Goldberg told Rivals. “If I hit you, you’re going to go down. I just like to hit. That’s my thing.”

The senior-to-be will deliver hits to high schoolers for one more year. He’ll look to help the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils improve on a 2010 season in which they went 10-1 with their only loss coming in the playoffs. It was the first Great South Conference championship for Mt. Lebanon in several years, according to PennLive.com.

If he plays well, it’s likely Goldberg will have a few more stars next to his name this time next year. Not that the Badgers care…

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