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National Signing Day 2015: DT Olive Sagapolu signs with Wisconsin

Though he was courted by other programs after Gary Andersen left, Olive Sagapolu maintained his commitment to the Badgers.

Class Position Height Weight
2015 DT 6'3 295 lbs
School Composite Ranking
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit No. 49 DT

Olive Sagapolu is the second recruit from Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei), to officially sign with Wisconsin in this recruiting class, joining former high school teammate and early enrollee Kyle Penniston. Joined by David Pfaff, Kraig Howe and walk-on Andrew Ruzek, Sagapolu should lead the next generation of Badgers defensive linemen now under the leadership of new position coach Inoke Breckterfield.


Rivals: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit 5.6 (No. 52 DT, No. 88 CA)

Scout: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit (No. 44 DT)

ESPN: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit 74 (No. 84 DT, No. 139 CA)

247: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit 87 (No. 69 49, No. 99 CA)

Verbally committed Oct. 27, 2014

After watching Wisconsin dismantle Maryland in late October during Homecoming weekend, Sagapolu pulled the trigger on his verbal pledge a couple. Former defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a is credited with the commitment.

Penniston, Sagapolu's teammate at Mater Dei, believes there are big things in store for Sagapolu:

"He's a very down-to-earth kid," Penniston said earlier this month. "Really passionate about football, which is something I love, and I think he's going to be a great player. I think he really fits in that scheme, and I'm excited because I get to spend four more years with him, and I think he's going to do special things in Madison."

Though Kauha'aha'a left to join head coach Gary Andersen at Oregon State, Sagapolu maintained his commitment to the Badgers. The three-star recruit also received offers from Oregon State, Kansas State, Illinois and Washington State.

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Senior: 24 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack (11 games)

Junior: 11 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss (5 games)

Awards All-County First-team Offense (guard)

All-Trinity League First Team