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National Signing Day 2016: P Anthony Lotti signs with Wisconsin

For National Signing Day we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including punter Anthony Lotti from Oakwood, Ga.

Oakwood, Ga. (West Hall) punter Anthony Lotti
Oakwood, Ga. (West Hall) punter Anthony Lotti
Student Sports
Class Position Height Weight
2016 P
6'1
190 lbs.
School Composite Ranking
West Hall (Ga..)
3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit No. 4 P

*PUNTER SIGNING NLI TO WISCONSIN ALERT*

With the departure of Drew Meyer, the Wisconsin Badgers looked to reload at the punter position and found the No. 4 punter in the country from the Peach State. Lotti brings to Wisconsin a huge leg (over 45 yards per punt in junior and senior years of high school) and an impressive resume from his time at West Hall high school in Oakwood, Ga. (back-to-back first-team all-state selection), which should allow him to compete with P.J. Rosowski next season for starting punter.

The presence of the strong-legged Georgian should help boost a Wisconsin punt unit ranked 12th in the Big Ten in average yards per punt (39.3), and near the bottom of the conference in net yards per punt (35.4 yards) last season.

Rankings

Rivals: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit Grade: 5.5

ESPN: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit; Grade: 75; No. 10 Punter; No. 436 Regional; No. 91 Georgia

247: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit; Grade: 80; No. 4 Punter; No. 147 Georgia

Scout: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit; No. 6 Punter; No. 2 Georgia Punter

Verbally committed July 1, 2015

Lotti was Wisconsin's 14th commit for 2016 when he verbally pledged back in the summer. He held offers from Air Force and Boston College.

Video highlights

Statistics

Senior: 49 punts, 45.4 yards per punt, 73 long, 19 punts inside opponents' 20-yard line

Junior: 28 punts, 45.2 yards per punt, 72 long, 6 punts inside opponents' 20-yard line

Honors

Two-time Class AAA all-state selection as a punter by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; 2015 Kohl's Kicking High School Season All-American first-team punt specialist selection