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Wisconsin football recruiting: UW heads back to the Aloha State for a linebacker

A 2022 4-star OLB from Honolulu got an offer from the Badgers on Tuesday

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Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!

New offer

  • 2022 4-star (247 Sports standalone) OLB Tevarua Tafiti (Honolulu, Hawaii) out of Punahou High School is the latest high school recruit to receive an offer from the Wisconsin Badgers and Paul Chryst.

The 6-foot-3 and 205 pound edge rusher has blown up in the past week, receiving offers from Michigan and Louisville to go along with his new Badgers offer. Tafiti also has offers from Arizona State, Hawaii, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah and Washington. Notre Dame, Wazzu and Nevada are also showing interest but haven’t pulled the trigger on an offer yet.

Tafiti is the top player in Hawaii and the No. 22 OLB and No. 233 player in the country as rated by 247 Sports. So, I’ve been watching these Hudl highlight tapes for years and years now and I like to think I’ve seen everything, but Tafiti’s burst off the edge is impressive. He gets in the backfield before the quarterback has time to think on some of these plays.

He also shows good strength and instincts when rushing the passer if an offensive lineman gets his hands on him. He can shed blockers and still pressure the quarterback.

The Badgers have had recent luck recruiting linebackers in Hawaii as they just signed Nick Herbig in the 2020 class and Tafiti looks like another high-end prospect from the islands who would fit in well in Madison.