One of the storylines of the Wisconsin Badgers' class of 2017 has been UW getting its spots filled up pretty early. In fact, as I write this, there may just be two scholarships left in play. On Monday, the Badgers pulled off a smaller-scale, but similarly impressive, feat when they landed Menomonee Falls offensive tackle Matt Henningsen as a preferred walk-on. He announced his commitment via Twitter.
A 6’5, 260-pound prospect, Henningsen is definitely one of the more interesting preferred walk-on prospects the Badgers will receive a commitment from all year. His Hudl profile reveals an offensive-line prospect who played more guard than tackle as a junior with good feet and a good motor in the run game. He has the frame to add weight, and some time in a college program will definitely reveal his full potential. The two-star recruit by Scout.com received Division I scholarship offers from Buffalo and Northern Illinois.
Henningsen figures to remain Wisconsin's lone walk-on commit for a while, as the Badgers' scholarship class on the offensive line is looking to be a highlight of National Signing Day. If he's set to play defense -- as he noted in his interview with BadgerNation.com on Monday -- odds are low for a defensive lineman to get promoted to a scholarship this season.
Most preferred walk-ons don’t make their decisions known until January, but Wisconsin received an early commitment from a talented lineman who turned down financial aid from Princeton to come to a university multiple family members have attended.