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2021 OLB Darryl Peterson signs with Wisconsin

The Ohio native joins after an impressive finish to his high school career.

2021 OLB Darryl Peterson

Position Height Weight School 247 Composite Ranking
Position Height Weight School 247 Composite Ranking
OLB 6-foot-3 235 pounds Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) 3-star; No. 26 OLB

The Badgers officially signed another key piece in their 2021 class this morning in 3-star linebacker Darryl Peterson.

The three-star recruit comes out of Ohio powerhouse Archbishop Hoban (former home of Quan Easterling), where he ended an illustrious high school career this season with a state title and an all-area defensive player of the year award.

The Akron native’s tape is as impressive as any, and it’s clear Peterson has a knack for getting into the backfield and creating chaos. While it remains to be seen how he’ll handle the increased pass coverage duties that will come with a move to the next level, his tendency to put opposition quarterbacks on the ground gives him as much upside as any other player in the class.


247 composite: 3 stars; grade: .8887; No. 374 player in the nation; No. 26 OLB; No. 11 OH

247 Sports: 4 stars; grade: 90; No. 26; No. 11 OH

Rivals: 4 stars; No. 9 OH

ESPN: 3 stars; Grade: 76; No. 96 OLB; No. 106 Regional; No. 27 OH

Verbally committed on June 1, 2020

Peterson chose the Badgers over other major offers such as Alabama, Michigan, and West Virginia, and will join Jack Pugh and Markus Allen in a trio of Ohio natives headed to Madison for next season.

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Player bio (courtesy of UW Athletic Department)

  • Four-star recruit by Rivals, three-star by 247 Sports and ESPN
  • Named All-Area Defensive Player of the Year by
  • First-team all-state by MaxPreps as a senior
  • Led Hoban to an 11-0 record and state title as a senior
  • Named to the 2020 USA Today All-USA preseason second team
  • Registered 17.5 sacks as a senior after recording a school-record 21 sacks as a junior
  • Also had 45 tackles and 24 TFLs as a junior and was named to All-Area team