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National Signing Day 2014: OLB T.J. Edwards signs with Wisconsin

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For National Signing Day, we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including outside linebacker T.J. Edwards from Lake Villa, Ill. Stay tuned to B5Q all week for more coverage of Wisconsin's 2014 class.

Class
Position
Height
Weight
2014
OLB
6'0
230 lbs
School
Composite Ranking
Lake Villa (IL) Lakes Community
No. 227 ATH

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Over three days in early December, Wisconsin managed one flip per day. T.J. Edwards was the third, following Dareian Watkins and Micah Kapoi. Edwards spurned Western Michigan once Wisconsin offered, and he could very well be a sleeper in this class. Here's our Andrew Rosin sized up him after his commit:

His Hudl profile shows that the Badgers may have found themselves a sleeper in the two-star Edwards. He has the athleticism to make defenders miss at the high school level as a spread quarterback, plus he shows a willingness to close and hit as a safety, though the expectations are that Edwards will join Rohan Blackwood as an outside linebacker for this class.

In short, he may be the intriguing Leon Jacobs-type that grows from this class.

Blackwood, of course, ultimately flipped to South Florida. Edwards is the lowest-rated recruit in the class, though 247 Sports says that doesn't mean he can live up to that sleeper billing:

The two-star athlete is an excellent fit at outside linebacker in Wisconsin's 3-4 defense. The Badgers re-evaluated Edwards during the season and went after him as a former Western Michigan commit.

Rankings

Rivals 5.5 (No. 41 IL)
Scout (No. 46 MLB)
ESPN 68 (No. 54 QB-DUAL; No. 256 regional; No. 56 MD)
247 71 (No. 227 ATH; No. 71 IL)

Verbally committed on Dec. 2, 2013

In addition to Wisconsin and Western Michigan, Edwards also had offers from Toledo and Wyoming. Special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk was his primary recruiter at Wisconsin, with an assist from defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.