Commitment Impact: Sam Madden

The third offensive lineman to commit to Wisconsin's 2015 class, Barnegat (NJ) High's Sam Madden is a tireless worker who is dedicated to his craft, the weight room and to the process. BadgerNation examines his commitment impact.

Committed Over: Sam Madden committed to Wisconsin over roughly two dozen offers, including Iowa, Miami, Nebraska, Rutgers, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Rated: Madden is currently ranked a three-star prospect and the No.65 offensive tackle in the country by

On Film: Getting a full read on what Madden hasn't been easy. He played his sophomore season with a fractured foot and had surgery afterward, which meant he didn't work out his lower body much of the offseason and couldn't do much to improve his foot speed. He went into his junior season carrying 247 pounds on his 6-foot-7 frame.

So, where does that leave him now?

Madden's coach, Rob Davis, said his star right tackle (Barnegat's quarterback is a lefty) is down to 325 pounds and showing no health issues, but the more important issue is what the Badgers are getting in him.

In essence, he is a bit of a project, but one well worth taking. In seeing him live and watching him on tape, Madden bends well and is able to play with a low pad level for a player his size. He is physically and naturally strong, plays to the whistle and once he gets his hands on a high school defender, they are unable to disengage.

The two biggest areas of needed improvement are things that will make or break him at Wisconsin. He does not fire off the ball fast, and is often one of the last offensive linemen to move at the snap of the ball. Because of his size and strength, Madden is able to excel at the high school level, but quicker, bigger and stronger defensive ends in college will give him all kinds of trouble.

Also, Madden does not have much of a kick step, and will need to improve on his markedly to be able to play on the edge. He has tremendous length, but that will only go so far when lining up against speedy defensive ends. Again, in high school it is not an issue, but his foot speed has to improve dramatically. - National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn.

Recruiting Impact: As we've said before, rebuilding the depth on the offensive line was critical for Wisconsin in the 2014 recruiting class and had an equal importance this year. With a lack of high-quality linemen in state this year outside of UW commit Jon Dietzen, the Badgers had to go outside their borders and have done so successfully with Northville (MI) four-star David Moorman and now Madden.

Ideally, Wisconsin will add one, maybe two, more offensive linemen in this class. Reistertown (MD) Franklin four-star tackle Patrick Allen has said he wants to take a look at Wisconsin. Three-star San Marcos (CA) High Kevin Estes was excited when he was offered this spring, and three-star Tallahassee (FL) Amos P. Godby Brendan Loftus told secondary coach Bill Busch he will take an official to UW in the fall.

Quotable: "He's a very determined athlete. He's very dedicated in the weight room. He's very dedicated in the offseason working on his footwork and all that stuff. It's nice to see a kid with that size with that determination because that's why I think he's going to be even better at the next level. There's not too many guys who are his size but he works at it. He's not lazy at all. He wants to be perfect, so he has all the intangibles to do real well." – Davis

Final Thought: Madden's strength is aggressiveness, meaning he's not going to shy away from any fights in the trenches during Big Ten play. A cousin to former UW offensive guard John Moffitt, Madden will be a solid tackle for Wisconsin and Gary Andersen, who delivered another great recruiting job by identifying him early, offering him, being open and honest throughout the process and made him a high priority for the program's future success.

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