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Wisconsin football recruiting: OL Jon Dietzen enrolls early at Wisconsin

One of the highest-ranked recruits in the state of Wisconsin committed in May 2014 and anchors a talented class of incoming offensive linemen.

UW Athletic Communications
330 lbs
Composite Ranking
Seymour (Seymour, Wis.)
No. 35 OT

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Noted by the recruiting services as one of the top in-state talent in Wisconsin, Jon Dietzen joins the Wisconsin Badgers a semester early. At 6'5, 330 pounds, the Seymour, Wis. native fits the mold of your typical Wisconsin offensive linemen.

When Dietzen committed to UW last May, our Andrew Rosin noted how the recruit could be part of a very deep recruiting class of linemen:

Dietzen's commitment is the first for the Badgers since Andrew James committed on March 11. The Badgers beat out Illinois, Iowa State, Miami, Michigan State and Nebraska to get Dietzen's services. Expectations are that he will be the first of a potential four- or five-deep class of offensive linemen, with the conventional wisdom saying that David Moorman and Sam Madden could be next to join the class.

But either way, the first building block of the next class of offensive linemen has been set.


Rivals: 5.6

Scout: (No. 14 OT)

ESPN: (No. 51 OT)

247: 88 (No. 52 OT)

Verbally committed on May 4, 2014

Dietzen was the fourth-known commit of the class. Wisconsin assistants Ben Strickland and T.J Woods were credited with recruiting Dietzen, who chose the Badgers over offers from Big Ten rivals Nebraska and Michigan State along with Miami.

Like many of Wisconsin's verbal commits, there was uncertainty for Dietzen after the abrupt resignation of head coach Gary Andersen -- but after his official visit in December, Dietzen told's Brice Marich he was solid to Wisconsin:

The 6-5, 305-pound tackle sits No. 14 offensive tackle in the nation and a four star recruit had some concerns heading into his visit, but had his worries put to rest.

"I was worried how I would get along with whoever they choose to hire and if Wisconsin would skip a beat," said Dietzen. "Barry Alvarez let us know he will hire someone who will not let Wisconsin take a step backward."

After this official visit, where do things stand between Dietzen and the Badgers?

"I am 100 percent easily," said Dietzen.

As of the time of this publishing, Dietzen will be joined by fellow offensive linemen Kevin Estes (San Marcos, Calif.) and David Moorman (Northville, Mich.) in the class of 2015 for Wisconsin.