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Wisconsin football recruiting: QB/OLB Coy Wanner commits as preferred walk-on

Another in-state product commits to UW.

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It appears the Wisconsin Badgers received another walk-on commitment for the class of 2017.

Green Bay, Wis. (Preble) prospect Coy Wanner verbally committed to Wisconsin on Saturday. The recruit announced his decision via Twitter.’s Ben Worgull reported on Sunday that Wanner is a preferred walk-on, and noted the in-state product is an outside linebacker.

The 6’3, 220-pound Wanner runs a 4.75 40-yard dash and has a 38” vertical, according to his Hudl profile. That same profile lists him as a quarterback and an outside linebacker.

During the 2016 season, Wanner threw for 916 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions -- according to — along with rushing for 586 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and five touchdowns.

The Green Bay native joins linebacker/tight end Ethan Cesarz, wide receiver/defensive back Sam DeLany and defensive tackle Michael Balistreri as Wisconsin prep standouts who committed to UW in a walk-on capacity in December. That’s now nine-known preferred walk-ons in the Badgers’ class of 2017, which includes Wanner, Cesarz, DeLany, Balistreri, quarterback Danny Vanden Boom, running back Hunter Johnson, offensive lineman Matt Hennigsen, linebacker Jake Collinsworth and kicker Collin Larsh.

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.