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2019 WR Cooper Nelson commits to Wisconsin as a walk-on

A Wisconsin legacy pledges to the Badgers.

With the official 2019 National Signing Day coming up on Feb. 6, the Wisconsin Badgers received another verbal commit. Sun Prairie, Wis., wide receiver Cooper Nelson announced his decision on Thursday night to play at UW.

Both Rivals/’s Jon McNamara and’s Travis Wilson reported that Nelson accepted a walk-on opportunity with Wisconsin.

According to, Nelson caught 60 passes for 1,027 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2018. With that productive season, the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association named him as a large school all-state wide out.

247Sports rates Nelson as a two-star wide receiver. He is also the son of former Wisconsin standout safety Scott Nelson, who was a member of the 1993 team that defeated UCLA in the 1994 Rose Bowl.

Nelson previously tweeted walk-on offers from Iowa State and Iowa.

In December during the early signing period, Wisconsin welcomed six walk-ons to the program for the 2019 class. Nelson joins wide receiver Cam Phillips, offensive lineman Logan O’Brien, kicker Blake Wilcox, long snapper Peter Bowden, outside linebacker Tatum Grass and inside linebacker Jackson Kollath as those who will come to UW and start their college careers without a scholarship.

Phillips is already on campus at Wisconsin as a mid-year enrollee.