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Albany transfer DL Elijah Hills discusses his commitment to Wisconsin

The Badgers landed their first defensive line transfer of the cycle.

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The Wisconsin Badgers finally addressed the defensive line position with the addition of Albany transfer Elijah Hills, who will spend his final year of eligibility in Madison.

Hills, the 13th transfer portal pickup for the Badgers this offseason, brings depth and experience at defensive line after playing in 15 games last season and 11 games the year before.

Now, is Hills guaranteed a spot upon his arrival in Madison? No, but there are expectations for the transfer defensive lineman to earn his spot, which he’s eager to do.

“I wasn’t promised anything,” Hills shared with Bucky’s 5th Quarter. “They do expect me to get into the rotation and play. I’ll be playing both inside and outside.”

That inside/outside versatility may be important for the Badgers, who are losing Rodas Johnson (Texas A&M transfer) and Darian Varner (Cincinnati transfer), while Gio Paez graduated.

While Hills did see interest from several schools across the country, Madison was just where he felt he best fit.

“I just felt like I could see myself being there,” Hills said. “With the help of the coaches, it became clear. They let me know how they see me fit. It matched up well with what I wanted and the development I was seeking.”

Now, he’ll look to join a position group that underwhelmed in Year 1, hoping to create a spark in whatever role the coaches place him in.