Cizauskas Picks Wisconsin

Getting a dream offer Tuesday, Mukwonago (WI) linebacker Dominic Cizauskas didn't need long to commit to the University of Wisconsin.

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Just days after one in-state kid turned him down, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen got another in-state kid to tell him "yes."

After earning his scholarship offer on Tuesday, Mukwonago (WI) linebacker Dominic Cizauskas didn't need too much time to recognize that playing football at Wisconsin was the ultimate dream, committing to the Badgers Wednesday.

"Over the past couple of months, I have been working towards this offer and when the Super Six got their offers, I was left out of the pack," Cizauskas told Badger Nation. "I have been really working on this for the past four or five months and once I got that offer, I knew it was a no-brainer.

"It was a dream school to come here. My coaches and my family told me to keep on waiting for that Wisconsin offer and keep working hard. When that offer came, it was what everybody wanted me to do and was what I wanted to do, so I'm going there. It is a dream come true committing to Wisconsin."

The 6-1, 240-pound Cizauskas picked the Badgers over offers from Ball State, Butler, Illinois State, Minnesota, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois and South Dakota State. He is the seventh commitment in the 2014 recruiting class for Andersen.

"I called Coach Andersen and was like, "Hey Coach, I have decided I want to become a Wisconsin Badger", and he was like, "That is great, Dom. I got a big smile on my face and the Wisconsin Badgers just got better today," said Cizauskas said.

"George Panos has already been texting and just said congrats in a text just now. He just told me what we have to do to help the class, so I will help and will start recruiting for the Badgers."

Promising to recruit the state of Wisconsin hard during his tenure, six of Andersen's 2014 recruits are from the state. Somerset (WI) tight end Gaelin Elmore is the only in-state recruit to turn down a UW scholarship offer in favor of another school (Minnesota).

Cizauskas finished last season with 109 tackles (82 solo), 17 tackles for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two recoveries for the Indians. He was also the leading scorer - averaging 14.1 points per game - on Mukwonago's basketball team that fished runner-up in division 1 and finished eighth in the shot put at the WIAA state track and field meet.

"I have a very unique skill set," he said. "It is different by being 250 pounds running a 4.6 40 time and can come down hill and deliver a massive tackle or cover a running back out in the flat. I just got a unique style of play and that is what my coaches have been telling me. You don't see this very often."

Brice Marich contributed to this report


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