Make that verbal pledge No. 2 on Monday for the Wisconsin Badgers in their class of 2018.
Kimberly, Wis., defensive lineman Boyd Dietzen committed to Wisconsin on late Monday morning, announcing his decision via Twitter.
Dietzen is the second in-state player to commit to the Badgers in the same day. Waukesha Catholic Memorial linebacker C.J. Goetz also verbally pledged to UW earlier on Monday morning, and both were offered less than 24 hours earlier on Sunday.
247 Sports, Rivals and Scout list Dietzen at 6’3 and between 235 and 243 pounds, and all rate him as a three-star prospect. As BadgerBlitz.com’s Jon McNamara and Badger247’s Evan Flood noted, he is cousins with current Wisconsin left guard and Seymour product Jon Dietzen [writer’s note: McNamara confirms they are first cousins].
Proud and beyond excited to announce that I have committed to the University of Wisconsin to further my academic and athletic career! ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/5yTon1SeB8— Boyd Dietzen (@Boyd_Dietzen76) February 20, 2017
According to WisSports.net, Dietzen registered 56 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and three forced fumbles for Kimberly last season. His contributions earned him unanimous first-team all-conference, as noted in his Hudl highlight film and helped the Papermakers capture their third straight WIAA Division I state championship [note: Kimberly also won the 2013 Division II state championship as well].
Dietzen will join two fellow Kimberly products and former teammates—class of 2017 commits quarterback Danny Vanden Boom and offensive lineman Logan Bruss—in Madison.
According to Scout, he earned offers from Division I programs like Minnesota, Syracuse, Northern Illinois and Iowa State.
Dietzen is the fifth commit for the class of 2018—now the third in-state verbal pledge—which includes Goetz, River Rouge, Mich., defensive back Reggie Pearson, Menasha, Wis., safety Trent Ingalls and La Grange, Ill., quarterback Ben Bryant.
Read more on his decision, and some possible fluidity as to what position he’ll play, from BadgerBlitz.com’s Jon McNamara. and BadgerNation.com’s Ben Worgull.
[Update 8:20 a.m. CST, Feb. 21—clarified that McNamara stated “first” cousins, though Flood notes they are cousins in his article. We apologize for any confusion]
[Update 2:10 p.m. CST — added article from BadgerNation and updated notes on Kimberly’s consecutive state championships]