Commitment Capsule: Defensive Line

With signing day fast approaching, Badger Nation will examine each position and the impact it will have on the program. In the fifth part of our series, we look at the defensive line.

Number of Scholarship Players added: 1 (Arthur Goldberg – rated three stars and No.55 DT overall)

Number of Scholarship Players lost: 2 (Patrick Butrym and Louis Nzegwu)

Recruiting Story: With the Badgers taking two talented defensive ends in last year's recruiting class (James Adeyanju and Jesse Hayes), the focus in this recruiting class was the interior of the defensive line.

Growing up in Mount Lebanon on the west end of Pennsylvania, defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg has always been a fan of the Backyard Brawl, the rivalry game played annually between Pittsburgh and West Virginia. So when Goldberg picked up offers from the Panthers and the Mountaineers – in addition to Indiana, Syracuse and Temple – by early June, it appeared that Goldberg was going to stay in an area that made him feel like home.

In early June, Goldberg had already visited Pitt and WVU along with Purdue and Michigan State, and planned to visit Cincinnati, Connecticut, N.C. State, Syracuse and Wisconsin. One of the first stops of the later schools was Wisconsin and for a high school summer camp. Goldberg has been in touch with UW tight end coach Joe Rudolph for quite some time, and the connection between him and the Western PA native started to develop.

Goldberg was favoring Pittsburgh, coach Todd Graham and his staff after camping with the Panthers staff, but a visit to Madison the following weekend changed all that. Goldberg, who hadn't visited UW before this week, said that he was blown away by the campus, facilities and playing in the Big Ten. Goldberg wanted to play at a place that felt like home, which is exactly what Madison and UW felt to him.

Badger Nation's Benjamin Worgull Scouting Report: Since committing, Goldberg has chosen not to do any interviews. That tells you what type of football player he is – no-nonsense, blue-collar and not wrapped up in himself too much. Goldberg wants to be a football player, and scouts in the area say he has all the intangibles to do so. He's tough as nails, a solid frame and has physicality off the line of scrimmage that makes him hard to scheme for. He'll be very serviceable for UW.

Who did the Badgers miss out on: It appeared the Badgers were willing to take another defensive tackle in the recruiting class, but couldn't find the right match. The Badgers were finalists for five-star Tommy Schutt, but reportedly couldn't get him on campus before he committed to Penn State and eventually Ohio State.

Matt Godin had Wisconsin in his final three, but the Badgers had little chance of prying him away from in-state Michigan, and Faith Ekakitie (Iowa) came on campus once but didn't return.

Sheldon Day (Notre Dame) and Jaleel Johnson (Iowa) were offered but never really showed a ton of interest while interest from UW appeared to wane in three-star Vincent Valentine (uncommitted – Nebraska lean).

How the position could change: Unless someone comes out of the woodwork late, Wisconsin appears content with its haul, especially since the 2013 in-state defensive line class appears deep with Austin Bown, A.J. Natter and Chikwe Obasih.

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