Wisconsin’s walk-on tradition got stronger this week when in-state offensive lineman Kerry Kodanko, De Pere, Wis., committed to the Badgers as a preferred walk-on this Monday.
The six-foot-four-inch 280-pound Kodanko becomes the second Kodanko brother to play for UW. His older sibling, Riki, played for the Badgers from 2010-2012.
He joins Sean Timmis (Marquette University HS) as a walk-on offensive lineman in the 2020 class, joining scholarship linemen Jack Nelson (Stoughton, Wis.), Trey Wedig (Kettle Moraine HS), (St. Charles, Ill.), Tanor Bortolini (Kewaunee, Wis.) and Ben Barten (Stratford, Wis.).
Kodanko held offers from a slew of FCS and Division II programs, including: Air Force (FBS), Illinois State, Western Illinois, Northern Iowa, Eastern Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota State-Mankato (D2).
Kodanko’s highlights show he is athletic enough to pull and get out on the edge and finish blockers in space. While Kerry is much smaller than his brother (Riki was on the 2012 Wisconsin roster at 6’9” 342), he’s a better mover. He’ll likely end up at guard or center given his height, but the building blocks all appear to be there for Kodanko to provide more quality depth to the offensive line.
Bonus: In Kodanko’s second clip of his highlight, he pancakes former Catholic Memorial (now IMG Academy) DL JC Latham, one of UW’s top 2021 prospects. Latham has listed a preliminary top-3 of Wisconsin, Clemson and Alabama.