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2018 Early Signing Period: ILB Jack Sanborn signs with Wisconsin

A look at the Illinois native heading to Madison.

Class of 2018 ILB Jack Sanborn

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
ILB 6'2 225 Deer Park, Ill. (Lake Zurich) Four stars, No. 17 ILB

The highest-ranked commit according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, the Wisconsin Badgers will have the opportunity to develop a physical and productive inside linebacker in Jack Sanborn.

The only Illinois native in the class of 2018, Sanborn verbally committed back in March. Now, the Top247 standout will be able to hone his craft under the guise of inside linebackers coach Bob Bostad and some talented teammates at the position like T.J. Edwards (potentially, if he does not declare for the NFL Draft), Ryan Connelly, and Chris Orr.


247Sports (composite): Four stars; Grade: 0.8955; No. 334 player overall in the country; No. 17 ILB; No. 4 player overall in IL

247Sports: Four stars; Grade 92; No. 190 player; No. 9 ILB; No. 2 in IL

ESPN: Three stars; Grade: 62; No. 29 Position (ILB); No. 102 Regional; No. 20 State

Rivals: Four stars; No. 250 National; No.4 State; No. 12 Position (ILB)

Verbally committed on Mar. 22, 2017

At the time, Sanborn was the eighth player to pledge to Wisconsin’s class of 2018. From Andrew Rosin’s look at Sanborn from March:

Sanborn is a highly active, sideline-to-sideline presence for Lake Zurich High School in Lake Zurich, Ill. The Hudl tape above shows someone who has comfort in playing downhill against the run and playing laterally in space. He can also fight off a block and make the play through the trash.

That was just based off of his junior film. His senior highlights showcase the same characteristics Rosin noted earlier this year, and among prep competition, he appeared to flourish and make some timely hits against opponents as well.

According to 247Sports, Sanborn held offers from Wiscosnin, Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Northwestern, among others.

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Bio (courtesy of

High School: Four-star recruit by 247 Sports and Rivals … three-star recruit by ESPN … first-team all-state by Illinois High School Football Coaches Association as a junior and senior … all-area as a junior and senior … All-North Suburban Conference as a sophomore, junior and senior … led Lake Zurich to Class 7A state championship game and 13-1 record as a senior … finished three-year varsity career with 296 tackles and 13.0 sacks … had 120 tackles and 3.0 sacks as a senior … logged 80 tackles and 3.0 sacks as a junior … recorded 88 tackles and 7.0 sacks as a sophomore … two-year team captain … coach was Luke Mertens

Personal: Parents are Malinda and the late Paul Sanborn … father played football at Oregon from 1980-82