A Double Loss for Minnesota

Not only does Wisconsin win the battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe for the seventh straight year, but the Badgers coaching staff beats the Gophers coaching staff for Tyler Marz, another highly-rated recruit from the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Go inside to read the story exclusively from Badger Nation.

MADISON - Not only did the Gophers lose Paul Bunyan's Axe for the seventh straight time, they also lost the recruiting battle for Tyler Marz. Consider it a double victory for Wisconsin. Citing his love for the campus, the coaches and the program, Marz, a 6-foot-8, 280-pound offensive tackle from Springfield (Minn.) High, has become Wisconsin's 13th verbal commit in the 2011 recruiting class.

"I committed to Wisconsin," Marz said, breaking the news to Badger Nation. "I feel good they are beating up on Minnesota right now."

Marz picked the Badgers over offers from Minnesota and South Dakota State as well as interest from Iowa. Marz took an unofficial visit to Iowa on September 11 and followed that up with his best visit yet, an unofficial visit to Wisconsin on September 18.

"I went to their junior camp and that went really well. I went down there for an unofficial visit and I really enjoyed that," Marz said. "It just seemed like a great place to be and I think it will be a lot of fun once I get there.

"My choice came down to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Minnesota is such a big season and I come from a small town. With Wisconsin being more type of town, I felt more comfortable in Madison. (Madison had a great atmosphere for me."

Marz is the first offensive line verbal in the class and the third highly-rated player in the last three years to pick UW over Minnesota, joining offensive lineman Casey Dehn in 2009 and defensive tackle Beau Allen in 2010. When he gets to campus, Marz will start out at offensive tackle.

"I called Coach Bielema and he just said he was really excited having recruited me and that I was going to play for them," Marz said. "He was excited as I was."

With the decision behind him, Marz plans to do a little celebrating at school Monday before getting back into the weight room. With the workout plan he was exposed to be Strength and Conditioning Ben Herbert on his visit, Marz knows he's going to get even better in the years to come.

"I know when I get there that the weight program is going to do a lot for me," Marz said. "Being as such a first-rate school, I am going to get a lot of opportunities to lift and get stronger. I probably will redshirt to prepare myself and then go from there, but I can't wait to get started."

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