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Wisconsin football: Hunter Wohler named state Gatorade Player of the Year

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One of the Badgers top 2021 signees adds another high school honor.

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Hunter Wohler was already recognized as one of the top recruits in the Wisconsin Badgers 2021 recruiting class after recording multiple state championships and earning the AP State Player of the Year award twice. But on Friday morning, the prep standout from Muskego High School added another major honor, as he was selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Wisconsin.

He joins a long line of former in-state players that stayed home to play for the Badgers after earning the award. Most recently, starting inside linebacker Leo Chenal won the award in 2018 with Danny Vanden Boom winning it in 2016 and Alec Ingold in 2014.

Wohler accumulated 355 tackles and 11 interceptions over the course of his high school career, and he is widely regarded as one of the best safeties in state history. He comes to Madison ranked as a four-star, standing in the top-250 of all high school prospects around the nation for his grade.

At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds Wohler is expected to help out the safety position early in his career, and fans should be excited about what he could bring to Jim Leonhard’s position group.

“Hunter was a force on the defensive side of the ball,” said Vince Sciano, head coach of Waukesha North High School. “He could cover sideline to sideline. Then he would come screaming down and make tackles at the line of scrimmage. He was an absolute monster.”

Congrats to Wohler for a well deserved honor.