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Wisconsin football recruiting: RB Sam Brodner commits to Badgers

UW receives a running back commitment from a talented Illinois prep standout.

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The Wisconsin Badgers received a verbal commitment from Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard West), running back Sam Brodner on Sunday. He announced his intentions via Twitter.

The composite three-star back officially visited this past weekend and will come to the Badgers following a productive prep career in which he rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 40 touchdowns, also hauling in 31 receptions and seven touchdown catches during the 2015 season. He led his high school to the 2015 Class 7A state championship and was also a first-team all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune.

For more on Brodner, who's ranked as a four-star prospect from, here's Andrew Rosin's assessment from when news broke of UW offering the 5'11, 210-pound back on Jan. 18:

Brodner had a big senior season that started with dominant performances at the Opening in Chicago as well as in camp for Wisconsin in June. Unfortunately, the Badgers were pretty well-stocked at linebacker, where he competed at in Madison. But after a season with 47 touchdowns, being awarded Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year, and all that happened with the Badgers at running back later, a new opportunity presented itself when Brodner decommitted from Vanderbilt.

Brodner is verbal commitment No. 24 for Wisconsin in the class of 2016.

[Update 3:45 p.m. CT, Jan. 25: Updated to match height and weight seen in 247Sports' profile].