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Wisconsin football recruiting: WR/CB Sam DeLany commits to the Badgers

The Badgers land an in-state preferred walk-on.

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Wales, Wis. (Kettle Moraine) recruit Sam DeLany committed to the Wisconsin Badgers on Thursday evening. The wide receiver/defensive back announced his verbal pledge via Twitter.

BadgerNation’s Ben Worgull, BadgerBlitz’s Jon McNamara and’s Travis Wilson tweeted that DeLany committed as a preferred walk-on.

DeLany’s Hudl profile lists him at 5’11 and 170 pounds and running a 4.5 40-yard dash. Per, the Kettle Moraine product played in eight games during the 2016 season, catching 73 passes for 939 yards and seven touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he recorded one interception.

The in-state product joins defensive tackle Michael Balistreri as Wisconsin prep standouts who committed to UW in a walk-on capacity over the past five days. DeLany’s pledge is the seventh known for preferred walk-ons in the Badgers’ class of 2017, which includes Balistreri, quarterback Danny Vanden Boom, running back Hunter Johnson, offensive lineman Matt Hennigsen, linebacker Jake Collinsworth and kicker Collin Larsh.

For more on Wisconsin’s walk-on tradition, check out B5Q’s longform, Walk-On Wisconsin. Also be sure to check out the book Walk-On This Way: The On-Going Legacy of the Wisconsin Football Walk-On Tradition at University Bookstores, Bucky’s Locker Room/Name of the Game and limited Barnes & Noble stores in the state. You can also purchase online at and Amazon.