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Wisconsin football recruiting: DT Olive Sagapolu commits to Badgers, becomes 22nd recruit for 2015

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After visiting Madison over the weekend, Olive Sagapolu finally pulled the trigger to become Wisconsin's first defensive tackle commit for 2015.

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According to a variety of internet reports Santa Ana (Mater Dei), Calif., defensive tackle Olive Sagapolu has committed to Wisconsin after visiting Madison over the weekend. The three-star defensive tackle is rated the No. 69 defensive tackle in the 2015 class, as well as the No. 130 recruit from California. Sagapolu saw Wisconsin take down Maryland 52-7 on Homecoming, holding the Terps to just 175 total yards and 46 rushing yards.

He was in town with teammate Kyle Pennistonwho committed to Wisconsin back in March. Penniston shared the following tweets on Sunday and Monday:

Sagapolu chose Wisconsin over offers from Kansas State (which came in just over the weekend, as his retweets show) and Washington State. Defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a is credited with the commitment, utilizing his West Coast connections to bring in his eighth commitment for Wisconsin, according to 247Sports.

The Badgers will lose senior nose tackle Warren Herring to graduation after this season, so bringing in Sagapolu after a lengthy recruitment -- UW offered in June -- is huge. The 6'3, 295-pound recruit is Wisconsin's first defensive tackle commit for 2015. The Badgers do have commits from defensive ends David PfaffNate Howard and Jake Pickard. Sagapolu is also Wisconsin's third 2015 commit from California, joining Penniston and West Hills wide receiver Brandyn Lee.

Sagapolu is Wisconsin's third commit of the weekend: Seffner, Fla., inside linebacker Jordan Griffin pulled the trigger on a longstanding offer from UW, while Brown Deer, Wis., athlete Zack Baun accepted a grayshirt offer.