Jack Sanborn (Allen Trieu / Scout)

Analysis: Wisconsin a great fit for LB Jack Sanborn

Lake Zurich (Ill.) LB Jack Sanborn committed to Wisconsin on Wednesday. Here is what Badger fans need to know about him.

Wisconsin had one of the best linebacking corps in the Big Ten last season and the majority of that group came from Wisconsin or Illinois as high school prospects.

T.J. Edwards and Garret Dooley are the two who came from Illinois and today, the Badgers added an Illinois linebacker to their 2018 recruiting class in Jack Sanborn who chooses Wisconsin over Big Ten foes like Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Iowa and over other offers from Vanderbilt, Iowa State and more.

Sanborn is an extremely productive high school player. He had 77 tackles (14 for loss) as a junior.

He told Scout that Wisconsin was recruiting him as an inside backer and he should flourish in their 3-4.

He plays in a similar system in high school and shows excellent instincts at the position. He runs to the ball well and does a good job of taking on blocks, fighting his way through te wash and getting to the ball. He has the athleticism to avoid blockers, but also uses technique to take on and shed blockers. That ability should only improve as he gets stronger.

At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, he has to add some weight and strength, but says that is a focus of his offseason.

He is a kid who, no matter where the ball goes, he is there. He does not overrun plays or get fooled by misdirection. He plays fast but under control and is your classic middle linebacker.

We expect him to follow in line with those other Illinois prep linebackers and be a good, productive player at Wisconsin.

The Badgers now have eight commits in their 2018 class.


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