The Wisconsin Football Program gets another huge boost with the commitment of 2021 4-star DE/OLB, T.J. Bollers.
After much anticipation, the Wisconsin Football Program gets another huge boost today with the commitment of 2021 4-star DE/OLB T.J. Bollers from Tiffin, Iowa.
At 6’3″ – 250 pounds, Bollers is 247Sports 8th ranked weak-side defensive end in the 2021 class and the 147th ranked player overall. With scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama, Iowa State, Nebraska, and Arkansas among others, Bollers chooses the Badgers in what is becoming a very stout 2021 recruiting class.
There was a quiet stretch in terms of hard commitments through April and May for the Wisconsin Football program, but over the last few weeks, they’ve landed 4-star tight end Jack Pugh, 3-star recruits Darryl Peterson, and Mike Jarvis, with Bollers being the most recent.
Overall this gives the Badgers five 4-star recruits within their 2021 class, which includes the aforementioned Bollers and Pugh along with J.P. Benzschawel, Riley Mahlman, and Hunter Wohler.
While the 2020 recruiting class set a program record with five 4-star commitments and a national ranking of 25th, the 2021 class is set to surpass that accomplishment. As mentioned, the Badgers already have five 4-star commitments and with the addition of Bollers, the 2021 class is now ranked 12th in the nation.
In Wisconsin’s 3-4 defensive scheme, Bollers is likely going to play outside linebacker and for a closer look at his game, here is what 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst, Allen Trieu had to say about the newest Badger:
“Not quite as long as other top defensive end prospects, but has put time in in the weight room and has a solid muscle base. Good athlete who has played multiple positions and sports. Runs well and shows good foot speed in chase situations.
Has played on offense as well. Is comfortable in space, and ball skills can translate over to defense if he needs to drop into coverage. Does a nice job being violent with his hands. That will be even more so as he gets stronger. Has good quickness off the snap.
Mainly needs to continue to develop pass rush technique and get stronger. Weak-side defensive end in a 4-3 or potentially an outside backer in a 3-4 are his projections. He could work his way into the later rounds of the NFL draft when his college career is finished.”
As Head Coach Paul Chryst told Bollers, this was a “really big” commitment for Wisconsin as each recruiting class continues to be even better than the previous. And on the field, we are going to begin to see the results of those recruiting efforts.
While Bollers was the name on the minds of many Badger fans recently, a few other top recruits to keep your eyes on moving forward include Nolan Rucci and Terrance Ferguson.