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Wisconsin football recruiting: Cormac Sampson commits to Badgers

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That’s now nine in the class of 2018.

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Another in-state kid stays home to play for the Wisconsin Badgers.

Eau Claire, Wis. (Memorial) tight end Cormac Sampson verbally committed to Wisconsin on Saturday. He announced his decision via Twitter a day after being offered by the UW coaching staff.

247Sports, Rivals and Scout list the unrated Sampson at 6’5 and around 230 pounds, as well as a tight end—though BadgerBlitz.com’s Jon McNamara reported that the in-state product could play either there or defensive end. BadgerNation.com’s Ben Worgull calls Sampson an athlete who “can play multiple positions for the Badgers.”

According to Scout.com, Sampson also received offers from New Mexico and Northern Illinois, along with FCS programs Illinois State, North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois.

Sampson’s Hudl highlight film mostly shows him as a defensive end, with the ability to cause disturbances in the backfield. He destroys a running back at about the 1:00 mark. As a tight end, he shows the ability to stay on defenders and recorded some pancake blocks in the process.

Wisconsin’s class of 2018 now stands again at nine verbal commits, a day after Illinois quarterback Ben Bryant reopened his recruitment.