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Wisconsin football recruiting: LB/TE Ethan Cesarz commits to Badgers as preferred walk-on

Make that eight known walk-ons for the class of 2017.

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Make that three in-state standouts committing to Wisconsin in less than a week.

Delavan, Wis. (Delavan-Darien) linebacker/tight end Ethan Cesarz committed to Wisconsin on Friday afternoon. He made his announcement via Twitter.

Reports from, and noted Cesarz accepted a preferred walk-on offer.

Cesarz recorded 149 tackles (95 solo), eight tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles in 2016, according to The 6’1, 220-pound prospect earned first-team all-state honors by the WFCA at inside linebacker and all-state honorable mention at tight end.

Cesarz joins both wide receiver/defensive back Sam DeLany and defensive tackle Michael Balistreri as Wisconsin prep standouts who committed to UW in a walk-on capacity over the past six days. That’s now eight known preferred walk-ons in the Badgers’ class of 2017, which includes Cesarz, DeLany, Balistreri, quarterback Danny Vanden Boom, running back Hunter Johnson, offensive lineman Matt Hennigsen, linebacker Jake Collinsworth and kicker Collin Larsh.

Read more on Cesarz’ decision to commit on

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.