National Signing Day 2015: Badgers Add In-State Walk-Ons to Class of 2015


Wisconsin added some homegrown talent to its recruiting class of 2015 with in-state players Ty DeForest and Noah Stengel, who both accepted preferred walk-on offers this week.

DeForest is a two-time all-state linebacker from Marshall, Wis., and was a do-it-all player for his team. In addition to excelling at linebacker, he played quarterback and running back on offense, was the team’s kicker and punter, and returned punts and kicks, as well.

That versatility is evident in his Hudl highlight film below.

Like DeForest, Stengel is another in-state walk-on, a wide receiver from Sheboygan North. He was Wisconsin’s most productive high school receiver last season, catching 59 passes for 1,135 yards (19.2 per reception) and 11 touchdowns. His name might sound familiar to you as his brother, Jake Stengel, is a senior receiver for the Badgers.

Stengel has good hands and elevates to ball; his abilities as a high jumper in track and field are evident in his Hudl highlight tape.

Both walk-ons are big for Wisconsin as they come at positions of need.

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The linebackers take a hit with Derek Landisch and Marcus Trotter graduating. DeForest will help add depth to a group losing a pair of stars.

Wisconsin’s wide receivers are equally in need of numbers. Alex Erickson led the Badgers with 55 catches last season, and without Kenzel Doe on the roster, only one other Badger wideout returns who had double-digit grabs last year (Jordan Frederick, 13 catches).

Keeping in-state talent is also important, as well, and DeForest and Stengel are two of the state’s best at their respective positions.

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