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Wisconsin football recruiting: OT Alex Fenton commits to Badgers

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An athlete from Menomonie is the Badgers' second offensive lineman for 2017 and their first recruiting win over Michigan.

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One of the early storylines on the recruiting trail this year is going to be the attention Wisconsin pays toward the offensive line. After Michigan landed Ben Bredeson last season, Jim Harbaugh's staff threw out three offers to in-state offensive linemen this year. And while the recruitments for Logan Bruss and Tyler Beach are yet to be settled, the Badgers were able to fend off the Wolverines for Menomonie's Alex Fenton and earn Fenton's commitment, as first reported by Bob Bradovich on Monday.

Fenton was one of the four Badger prospects who received junior day offers, along with Beach, Bruss and Aaron Vopal, who committed to Wisconsin on Jan. 25. While Fenton's Hudl profile is private, his athleticism is good enough that the 6'5, 283-pound prospect played tight end for one of the better teams in Wisconsin last season, as Menomonie sent Nathan Stanley to Iowa and Mason Stokke to the Badgers.

Fenton happened to be back on campus Sunday for the Badgers' rousing comeback victory over Illinois, and it seems as if that might have been the catalyst for his commitment.

Fenton join four-star prospect Kayden Lyles on the offensive line. Outside of Michigan, he received an offer from North Dakota.