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2021 WDE Ayo Adebogun signs with Wisconsin

Adebogun is coming off a season, where he took home the Tim Krumrie award, given to the state’s top senior defensive lineman.

2021 Ayo Adebogun

Position Height Weight School 247 Composite Ranking
Position Height Weight School 247 Composite Ranking
WDE 6-foot-3 215 Homestead High School (Thiensville, WI) 3-star; No. 35 WDE

WDE prospect Ayo Adbogun is a highly decorated defensive lineman in the state of Wisconsin, claiming large school all-state honors by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and a second-team all-state selection by the Associated Press, following the 2019 season where he recorded 31 tackles for loss and 16 sacks.

Adebogun followed ups his stellar junior season with 52 tackles, 21 for loss and 7.5 sacks in just eight games during his senior season, earning him the Tim Krumrie award, which goes to the top senior defensive lineman in the state.

Adebogun’s speed certainly sets him apart, so much so that his high school coach envisions him being a similar player to former Badger and current New Orleans Saints LB, Zack Baun.

Given that Adebogun could potentially play either defensive end or outside linebacker, he will have plenty of opportunities to live up to what his high school coach envisioned and could make him a force within Jim Leonhard’s defense.


247 Composite: 3 stars; grade: .87279; No. 556 player in the nation; No. 35 WDE; No. 4 WI

247 Sports: 3 stars; grade: 86; No. 53 WDE; No. 6 WI

Rivals: 3 stars; 5.7 rating; No. 30 OLB; No. 4 WI

ESPN: 3 stars; Grade: 79; No. 54 WDE; No. 46 Regional; No. 5 WI

Verbally Committed on December, 15, 2019

Adebogun received an offer from fellow B1G school, Michigan State in April of 2020, following his committment to Wisconsin, but the offer was not enough to pull him away from UW.

Adebogun has a wiry lean frame with longer arms. He is a good athlete that gets off the ball well and make plays in the backfield. He is able to change directions well and is effective when chasing down opposing offensive players.

His speed gives him the advantage coming off the edge, as the opposition has a hard come getting the corner on him. As of now, he wins with his athleticism and speed and should be able to develop more tools for pass rushing while at Wisconsin under the tutelage of the Wisconsin defensive staff. Even though he has not played football for very long, he has the ability to play both outside linebacker and weakside defensive end.

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Player bio (courtesy of UW Athletic Department)

  • Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals
  • Won Tim Krumrie Award as the outstanding senior defensive lineman in Wisconsin
  • First-team all-state by Associated Press as a senior
  • Finished with 52 tackles, 21 TFLs and 7.5 sacks in just eight games as a senior
  • First-team all-state by WFCA and second-team all-state by Associated Press as a junior
  • Registered 75 tackles, 31 TFLs, 16 sacks and three forced fumbles as a junior