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Wisconsin football recruiting: Badgers add pair of walk-ons over weekend

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The Badgers might not add a scholarship tight end on National Signing Day, but they hope Sam Eckert can work his way onto the field. New Berlin, Wis., offensive tackle Brett Connors also accepted a walk-on offer over the weekend.

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Wisconsin added a tight end in East Troy, Wis., prospect Sam Eckert over the weekend, BadgerBlitz.com and 247 Sports reported Saturday. Eckert, who gave his verbal commitment while on his official visit to Madison this weekend, will be brought on as a preferred walk-on this summer. The Badgers are not expected to add a scholarship tight end to the 2014 class by National Signing Day on Feb. 5.

Eckert also had an offer from Colgate, and was reportedly drawing interest from Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Northwestern and Purdue, among others. At 6'4, 220 pounds, Eckert also played linebacker in high school, but is expected to begin at tight end at UW.

From BadgerBlitz:

"Because I'll likely be the only tight end, coach Genyk said when we were talking about this really nice opportunity that I have," said Eckert, who projects as an H-back. "He wants me to put on some weight and said that I'm in a nice situation where they aren't bringing in any other tight ends. so I can earn a spot easier and a scholarship easier if I work my butt off."

Eckert was on campus this weekend with New Berlin, Wis., offensive tackle Brett Connors, who also accepted a preferred walk-on offer, as well as Cornelius Sturghill and Rutgers commit Andre Boggs. The 6'6, 321-pound offensive tackle was a first-team all-conference selection and an all-suburban honorable mention selection the past two seasons.