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WR Abbott gives Badgers five Michigan commits

West Bloomfield (Mich.) wide receiver A.J. Abbott commits to Wisconsin, calls the Badgers a "perfect fit."

Lightning strikes from Wisconsin in Michigan yet again as the Badgers received a commitment from West Bloomfield wide receiver A.J. Abbott.

Abbott follows teammate Taj Mustapha, a fellow receiver, who committed to the Badgers on Thursday night.

"Wisconsin is the fit is perfect for me and I couldn't find one thing about them that I didn't like," Abbott said. "They are happy that I can play outside and inside receiver with my speed and quickness. Also they want someone who can blow the top off the defense."

Just a few weeks back, Abbott had no Power 5 offers to speak of. After running sub-4.5 in the forty at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds in Madison, the Badgers became his first Big Ten offer. Although Minnesota, Michigan State, Iowa and Purdue would follow suit, the Badgers' would win the battle.

Abbott caught 46 passes for 906 yards and six touchdowns at Northville High last fall before transferring to West Bloomfield.

"A.J.'s game is developing," Lakers head coach Ron Bellamy said. "He transferred here in February and had a chance to lift with us, run with us, go against some of our kids, and it's been a blessing, not only for A.J., but for our school.

"He's a bigger kid, longer kid, and he can run. You look at his junior film and it doesn't pop at you, you're not overwhelmed by it, but he's 6-foot-2, almost 190 pounds running 4.4 consistently. That's the measureables of a guy that can play on Sundays. He fits that mold and during camp season, coaches were able to see that. He has over a 36-inch vertical. You're looking at a very explosive kid, a kid that needed some fine tuning and we were able to clean some things up, get him ready for camp and show coaches what's to come."

Abbott becomes commit No. 15 for the Badgers and fifth from the state of Michigan.


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