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BREAKING: Former five-star Badgers OL Nolan Rucci to enter the transfer portal

The Badgers offensive lineman is moving on after three years.

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The Wisconsin Badgers faced some tough news on Thursday, as offensive lineman Nolan Rucci entered the transfer portal.

Rucci, a rising redshirt junior, was one of the most heralded recruits in program history, coming in as a five-star recruit in the Class of 2021.

Seen as the potential left tackle of the future with his 6’8, 310-pound frame, Rucci was entrenched in a tough position, as Jack Nelson has manned the position over the past two seasons.

Nelson, a rising redshirt senior, elected to return to college for a final season earlier last month, leaving questions surrounding Rucci’s future in Madison.

Now, Nelson could move over to guard, where he thrived in 2021, but he could also maintain his starting spot at left tackle.

Rucci leaves with two years of remaining eligibility, and will likely look to start at his next destination after being the No. 2 left tackle over the past two seasons.

With Rucci departing, the Badgers are losing both of the Rucci brothers, as tight end Hayden Rucci is heading to the NFL Draft.