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Early Signing Period 2018: LB C.J. Goetz signs with Wisconsin

One of four scholarship in-state standouts joining the Badgers.

Class of 2018 OLB C.J. Goetz

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
OLB 6'4 230 Muskego, Wis. (Catholic Memorial) Three stars, No. 48 ILB

One of the foundations of the Wisconsin Badgers’ success since the early 1990s is keeping its best prep players inside the state’s borders. Head coach Paul Chryst and his staff has done so in this class of 2018, especially with the likes of securing the commitment of Waukesha, Wis. (Catholic Memorical) outside linebacker C.J. Goetz.

Goetz earned all-state honors in both his junior and senior years while claiming the John Anderson Award as the “most outside senior linebacker in Wisconsin” during a 2017 campaign that allowed him to tally 118 tackles, 18 for loss.

Wisconsin currently views him as an outside linebacker.


247Sports (composite): Three stars; Grade: 0.8452; No. 1134 overall player in the country; No. 48 ILB.; No. 9 in WI

247Sports: Three stars; Grade 84; No. 1091 player; No. 39 ILB; No. 8 in WI

ESPN: Three stars; Grade: 76; No. 27 Position (ILB); No. 85 Regional; No. 3 State

Rivals: Three stars; No. N/A National; No. 7 State (OLB); No. N/A Position

Verbally committed on Feb. 20, 2017

Goetz was part of a string of three in-state players—along with Boyd Dietzen and Mason Platter—to give their verbal pledge to head coach Paul Chryst and his coaching staff on that day. He jumped on the offer to play for the Badgers the day after receiving it, giving Wisconsin the then-fourth commit of the class of 2018.

According to 247Sports, Goetz held offers from Wisconsin, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, New Mexico and Ilinois State.

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High School: Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals … first-team all-state by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a junior and senior … recipient of John Anderson Award as state’s top senior linebacker … led Catholic Memorial to Wisconsin Division 3 state championship as a junior, earning player of the game honors with 8 tackles, 2.0 sacks and 2 pass breakups … recorded 386 tackles, 68.0 TFLs, 16.0 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 5 interceptions in varsity career … finished with 150 tackles, 26.0 TFL, 9.0 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions as a senior … recorded 120 tackles, 20.0 TFLs, 6.0 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions as a junior … notched 116 tackles, 22.0 TFLs, 1.0 sack and 1 interception as a sophomore … two-year team captain … also earned a varsity letter in basketball, baseball and track … honor roll student … coach was Bill Young

Personal: Parents are Chad and Jenny Goetz