It appears the Badgers are on a hot streak on the recruiting trail. After some cryptic tweets, it looks like the last domino has fallen. On Memorial Day, the Badgers picked up a commitment from 4-star tight end Jack Pugh, 3-star OLB Darryl Peterson committed shortly thereafter, last week they secured a commitment from 3-star DE Mike Jarvis and Thursday afternoon they landed another key piece to the class of 2021 as 4-star defensive end TJ Bollers committed to Wisconsin.
COMMITTED‼‼— TJ Bollers (@tj35ballin) June 11, 2020
Glory to the man above!! pic.twitter.com/ypUpBIoeLg
Bollers, out of Clear Creek Amana High School, is currently rated as the No. 2 player in the state of Iowa. His recruitment has been one that really picked up steam down the stretch as many big schools came running late this Spring. In the months of February and April Bollers picked up offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, and Penn State. In the end though, Bollers appeared to be down to Iowa State, Alabama, Nebraska and Wisconsin before officially committing to the Badgers.
Bollers is a very strong prospect for the Badgers and will likely translate to an outside linebacker spot in Jim Leonhard’s system. According to 247 Sports’ Allen Trieu, Bollers has good foot speed and does a nice job of being violent with his hands. Trieu also states that Bollers will need to continue to get stronger and develop his pass rushing techniques at the next level. If those are the only two things to improve, you have to love where Bollers’ development is at as both of those traits can be developed under the solid coaching at UW.
Bollers commitment is a huge get for the class of 2021. He is the fifth 4-star recruit in the class that now ranks in the top-15 (No. 12 for 247 and No. 15 for Rivals) among classes in 2021. That ranking, much like the classes of 2019 and 2020, would be the highest ranked in Wisconsin football history. With the likes of 5-star OT Nolan Rucci and even more 4-star OLBs (Yanni Karlaftis or Jake Ratzlaff) still in the works, the sky is the limit as to how high this class can go.
Here is an excellent article from the Des Moines Register on why Bollers chose to come to Wisconsin.