Voltz Makes His Pick

Receiving dozens of scholarship offers from around the country, Barrington (Ill) offensive lineman Dan Voltz decided Sunday that he will play in the Big Ten.

Dan Voltz, a four-star offensive guard recruited by co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash, has become the first verbal commitment in Wisconsin's 2012 recruiting class.

Voltz committed to Wisconsin on Sunday, according to a UW source. The choice of Wisconsin has since been verified by two other Badger Nation sources. He has apparently chose the Badgers over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame and a host of others.

Voltz visited Wisconsin on March 5 and had visited the Badgers unofficially for the Ohio State football game last October.

"It was awesome," Voltz told Badger Nation about the Ohio State game. "It was the first Wisconsin game that I had been to. The atmosphere was just amazing and it was just a great game. They beat the No.1 Ohio State team and the crowd was going wild and the student section stormed the field. It was just a great experience."

Voltz is the first player from outside the state of Wisconsin to be the first verbal in a Badgers recruiting class since Illinois' Jamil Walker in March 2003. He is also the first four-star out-of-state recruit to commit to Wisconsin since East St. Louis wide receiver Kraig Appleton two signing days ago.

"He's a great person with integrity and character," said Barrington assistant varsity coach Gary Rizzio. "He's one of the guys that does his best to follow through in everything he does. He did a great job as a middle school wrestler and he moved on from there. He made the right choice and it's definitely paid off for him."

Badger Nation will have more after he makes that decision official at a 7 p.m. press conference.

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