Eyes on A Championship

Facing off against Rock Island Alleman (12-1) in tonight's 7 p.m 4A championship game, Rochester (Ill.) senior linebacker and Wisconsin commit Garret Dooley is looking to bring a title to Madison.

MADISON - Initially under the radar, Wisconsin first commitment of the 2013 recruiting class has turned into a big-time find. Joining the class in late February, Rochester (Ill.) middle linebacker Garret Dooley - the No.20 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com - has been a pivotal part in the Wisconsin's future defensive plans, and is hoping to add another championship to his resume.

"We are still in it right now and we are hoping to get our third state championship in a row," Dooley told Badger Nation, as his 12-1 Rochester team plays Rock Island Alleman (12-1) in tonight's 7 p.m 4A championship game. "We've really improved from last season and it's been a great year."

The 6-2, 215-pound athlete has been a big factor in Rochester's title run. With 14 sacks on defense through 12 games, Dooley has added 1,300 rushing yards with 31 total touchdowns (27 rushing and four receiving).

"I don't want it to end," said Dooley.

The sooner it ends, however, means the sooner Dooley will arrive on campus. Having visited Wisconsin for the Utah State and Illinois games, Dooley will head up to Wisconsin in December for his official visit.

"I've been lifting about as much as possible during the seasons and once the seasons over I'll be lifting a whole lot until I get the official workout from Wisconsin," said Dooley. "I'll also be doing an acceleration program to get me faster."

Since he committed, Dooley has seen the Wisconsin coaching staff add 18 more commits to the 2013 recruiting class; a group that has three four-star recruits, the fourth-best class in the Big Ten and 24th-best class in the country by Scout.com.

"I feel like it's a great class," said Dooley. "I've done as much as the coaches have wanted me to in terms of talking to them. There's a lot of variety in the class, which is always a good thing, but there's a lot of talent in this class and I'm ready excited to meet everyone. I can't wait to be an official Badger!"

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