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Wisconsin football recruiting: WR Jack Popp commits to Badgers as a preferred walk-on

Recent history has been kind to the Badgers for the in-state walk-on receiver. Can Popp be next?

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Recent history has been extremely kind to the Wisconsin Badgers walk-on program when it comes to wide receiver. The Badgers have had this tendency to find a tall, quick, wide receiver with good hands from somewhere in state. Now, I'm not going to tell you that the Badgers have found another Alex Erickson and Jared Abbrederis in Theinsville (Homestead) wide receiver Jack Popp, but he's definitely a receiver that has intrigue to his game.

Popp committed to Wisconsin as a preferred walk-on on Tuesday night, as he publicly tweeted his verbal pledge. He announced back in November he was offered a preferred walk-on spot with the Badgers, with's Jon McNamara also reporting Popp's status on Tuesday immediately after Popp's decision.

For one thing, he's definitely got the athleticism to be another option in the "throw it up and I'll go get it" game as Popp also was receiving some looks on the hardwood as well as the gridiron -- playing on the same AAU team as UW-Green Bay commit Trevor Anderson as well as Marquette commit Sam Hauser. The 6'3, 200-pound Popp also has shown himself as a hands catcher and a polished route runner. Look at the Hudl profile below, and you can see how he could find his way up the ladder.

Popp doesn't have a scholarship offer to his name, but received looks from Air Force, Army, Northern Iowa, Minnesota, and Northwestern. He joins Slinger, Wis., defensive tackle Aaron Maternowski as the second walk-on for the Badgers. He also teamed with Badger defensive lineman David Pfaff to get Mequon a state title in 2012.