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Wisconsin football recruiting: 2018 OL Andrew Lyons commits to Badgers as preferred walk-on

An in-state kid finds a spot in Wisconsin’s ongoing tradition.

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Kenosha, Wis. (Bradford) offensive lineman Andrew Lyons verbally committed to the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday night.

Kenosha Bradford’s football Twitter account appears to have first announced the news, with both’s Jon McNamara and’s Travis Wilson noting it as well.

Lyons, rated a two-star recruit by 247Sports, confirmed with B5Q that he committed to Wisconsin on Wednesday night. Back in May, the in-state lineman received an offer from FCS program Western Illinois.

Earlier on Wednesday, announced Lyons earned a nomination as a finalist for the Joe Thomas Award. This accolade is “given annually to the state's top senior offensive lineman as part of the WSN Senior Football Awards.”

Lyons’s senior Hudl film shows a lineman who knows how to pancake a defender. When watching his highlights, those who opposed Lyon—listed at 6’5, 280 pounds—across the line of scrimmage in trying to thwart Bradford’s rushing attack did not make an impact on those downs, often finding themselves on the turf.

Lyons is the third known player to accept a preferred walk-on offer for Wisconsin’s class of 2018, joining the likes of Sun Prairie’s Marty Strey and Grantsburg’s John Chenal.

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