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National Signing Day 2017: QB Danny Vanden Boom signs with Wisconsin

A prep state champion hopes to make a splash at quarterback for the Badgers.

NCAA Football: Miami (Ohio) at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Class of 2017 QB Danny Vanden Boom

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
QB 6'5 200 Kimberly (Wis.) Unranked

Undefeated as a starter for Kimberly, Danny Vanden Boom will now take his talents to Madison to play for the Wisconsin Badgers, joining fellow Papermaker standout Logan Bruss in the class of 2017.

Vanden Boom is the son of former Wisconsin safety Matt Vanden Boom, who locked down the defensive backfield in the 1980s. He is the second quarterback of this year’s class, joining Sayville’s Jack Coan.


247Sports (composite): Unranked

247Sports: Unranked

ESPN: Unranked

Rivals: Two stars

Scout: Three stars; No. 79 QB in nation; No. 13 in regional

Committed on July 5, 2016

Vanden Boom initially was labeled as a walk-on once he verbally pledged to the Badgers, as he told’s Jon McNamara that he’d walk-on for the first semester, then receive a scholarship for thereafter. Badger247’s Evan Flood reported on Wednesday that the Badgers legacy will be on scholarship but after the first semester.

According to, he received scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan, North Dakota State, Illinois State, Northern Iowa and South Dakota State, among others.

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High School: Three-star recruit by Scout … Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the Year … first-team all-state by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association … recipient of Dave Krieg Award as state’s top senior quarterback … led Kimberly to back-to-back Division 1 state championships and 28-0 record as starting quarterback … completed 146 of 218 passes for 2,366 yards and 31 touchdowns against just 5 interceptions as a senior … honorable mention all-state as a junior, completing 145 of 211 passes for 2,499 yards, 25 touchdowns and no interceptions … led 28-point rally over final 13 minutes of 2015 state championship game to secure Kimberly’s third-straight title … two-time all-region by WFCA … unanimous first-team All-Fox Valley Association as a junior and senior … Fox Valley Association Offensive Player of the Year as a senior … in baseball, first-team all-state and all-conference at shortstop as a junior … hit .330 with 5 home runs while posting a 4-1 record and 1.26 ERA on the mound ... in basketball, earned second-team All-Fox Valley Association and first-team all-defensive honors as a junior, averaging 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds Personal: Parents are Matt and Amy Vanden Boom … father played defensive back at Wisconsin, earning first-team All-America (1981), first-team All-Big Ten (1981, 82) and Academic All-America (1982) honors before being selected by Buffalo in the 1983 NFL Draft … cousin Paul Verlander played basketball at Nebraska (2004-09) … enjoys fishing and golfing … volunteered with Difference MAKER Football Camp for students with disabilities