Wisconsin football recruiting: DE Rohan Blackwood becomes 12th commit for 2014

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The defensive end from Brooksville, Fla., gave Gary Andersen his verbal commit shortly after an official visit to Madison this weekend.

Wisconsin received its 12th commitment for the 2014 recruiting class Sunday, as Brooksville (Nature Coast Technical), Fla., defensive end Rohan Blackwood gave head coach Gary Andersen his verbal shortly after an official visit to Madison.

Blackwood is a 6-foot-5, 210-pound weak-side defensive end that's a consensus three-star prospect. 247Sports' composite rankings consider him the 96th-ranked Florida player from the 2014 class, as well as the 27th-ranked weak-side end. Blackwood was in the house for Wisconsin's 48-0 win over Tennessee Tech, and his primary recruiter was defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

Defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a also helped bring in Blackwood, who had more than a dozen other offers from schools including Nebraska, Cincinnati, Louisville, Miami and Minnesota.

Blackwood is an athletic defender that fits the mold Aranda & co. have pursued to fill their attacking 3-4 defense. Along with current UW freshmen Alec James and Leon Jacobs, Blackwood will bring speed off the edge and the potential versatility to move around the field. Blackwood has played end in high school, but the transition back to linebacker seems like a natural fit.

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