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*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.
Welcome Anthony Lotti (Flowery Branch, Georgia) to the #Badgers football family! #NSD2016 pic.twitter.com/4pfGHyslNm— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016
Highlights: New #Badgers P Anthony Lotti #NSD2016 https://t.co/vmlx3L7gr7— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016
Rivals: Grade: 5.5
ESPN: ; Grade: 75; No. 10 Punter; No. 436 Regional; No. 91 Georgia
247: ; Grade: 80; No. 4 Punter; No. 147 Georgia
Scout: ; 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.
Proud and excited to say that I have committed to play football for the Wisconsin Badgers pic.twitter.com/tE87sZc9DR— Maverick (@AnthonyLotti14) July 1, 2015
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
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