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Wisconsin football recruiting: LB C.J. Goetz commits to the Badgers

Make that verbal commit No. 4 for UW in the class of 2018.

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It didn’t take long for a Wisconsin Badgers target to verbally pledge to his home state team.

Waukesha, Wis. (Catholic Memorial), linebacker C.J. Goetz committed to Wisconsin on Monday morning. He announced his decision via Twitter after being offered yesterday by the Badgers’ coaching staff.

Goetz boasts on his highlight tape a 6’4, 225-pound frame that helped him record 103 tackles (49 solo, 54 assisted), 11 tackles for loss and six sacks during the 2016 season. The junior’s success on the field earned him first-team all-state honors last year by both the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) and the Associated Press.

According to Catholic Memorial’s official football website, he registered eight tackles and two sacks in the Crusaders’ 24-14 victory in the 2016 WIAA Division 3 championship game.

As mentioned yesterday by B5Q, he announced earlier this month that he was invited to the Under Armour All-American camp series.

Rivals and Scout rank Goetz as a three-star prospect. According to both recruiting services, he received offers from Bowling Green, North Dakota State, New Mexico and Northern Illinois.

Goetz is the fourth commit for the class of 2018 for Wisconsin—the second in-state verbal pledge—which includes River Rouge, Mich., defensive back Reggie Pearson, Menasha, Wis., safety Trent Ingalls and La Grange, Ill., quarterback Ben Bryant.

Check out more on Goetz with articles by’s Jon McNamara and’s Roderick Burgos.