Commitment Impact: Dominic Cizauskas

The seventh commitment of the 2014 recruiting class, Mukwonago (WI) linebacker Dominic Cizauskas brings a versatility and strength to the Badgers' linebacking group. Badger Nation looks at Cizauskas' impact.

Committed Over: Dominic Cizauskas picked Wisconsin over offers from Ball State, Butler, Illinois State, Minnesota, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois and South Dakota State.

Rated: Not currently rated, but a projected three-star recruit.

On Film: At 6-1 and 250 pounds, Cizauskas already has a body made for the physical punishment of the Big Ten, but a frame that allows him to play with above-average speed. Cizauskas finished last season with 109 tackles (82 solo), 17 tackles for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two recoveries for the Indians, so we know he has a nose for the football. He also reportedly ran a 4.6 40-yard dash at UW's camp, so we know that he has a quick first step to allow him to get back into the backfield and make plays.

Cizauskas is a tremendous athlete. He was 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. With a high football IQ and being a competitor, he'll be in the mix for playing time the minute he steps on campus.

Recruiting Impact: Losing three linebackers after the 2013 season, Wisconsin offered approximately 15 other linebackers before getting a chance to look at Cizauskas first hand at camp. Cizauskas looks to be a good fit at the middle linebacker position as his agility will make him a natural athlete in the 3-4 defense.

Quotable: "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."

Final Thought: The Wisconsin coaching staff took some heat from outsiders for hosting the ‘Super Six' players in the beginning of February, clearly signaling out who they felt were the best players in the state from the rest of the pack. Some in-state recruits complained, but Cizauskas used it as a motivational tool to make himself into a better player to show the coaches what he could do.

As a result, after a week of bad news concerning secondary transfers, UW got a piece of good news and continued to preserve its in-state power.

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