Commitment Impact: Joe Keels

The 15th commitment of the 2014 recruiting class, Highland (KS) Community College defensive end Joe Keels will be able to fill an immediate need for a Badgers' defensive line losing a ton of experience off its 2013 roster. Badger Nation looks at Keels' impact.

Committed Over: Joe Keels picked Wisconsin over Alabama, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Penn State, South Florida, USC, and others.

Rated: Keels is currently ranked a three-star prospect by Fox Sports Next.

On Film: I like the way that Keels uses his hands and he's got a good first step. It's quick, but it also has a purpose. It keeps linemen from extending and using their power and then, when he disengages, he's able to use his athleticism to get after the quarterback. He's got that perfect size that schools are looking for in their defensive ends and he should be good holding up against the run.

He needs to get stronger and could anchor better vs. the run, but he sets the edge well and holds his outside leverage. His forte will not be speed rushing, so don't expect to see that out of him. Overall, you can see why lots of schools have started to pick up the pace with him on the recruiting front and this should wind up being a very nice pickup for Wisconsin.

Junior College Recruiting Analyst Scott Eklund

Recruiting Impact: Losing four senior defensive linemen off its two-deep depth chart next season, getting a players with some college-level experience was vital. Keels made 42 stops and 12.5 sacks (tied for second in the NJCCA) last fall, so he brings a pass-rushing element to Wisconsin. At 6-4 and 275 pounds, Keels will be able to rotate in on the defensive end position and get a jump on the playbook when he arrives in the spring.

Wisconsin will still likely target another defensive ends in the class, and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (who will officially visit next week) appears to be the top target. But even if Wisconsin doesn't grab another defensive end for the future, the Badgers took care of their present by getting a guy who will enroll early and have a chance to make an impact.

Quotable: "I had some other good offers besides Wisconsin but the main difference was coach Busch showed personal interest in me. When we talk it's not always about football and how I can possibly reach the NFL. We talk about school and how I'm doing and how my family is doing. I really appreciate that. With the other schools it was just about football."

Final Thought: Should everything go according to plan, Wisconsin's front seven in 2015 could possibly have defensive ends Keels (senior) and Chikwe Obasih (redshirt sophomore), nose tackle Craig Evans (sophomore or redshirt freshman), linebackers Alec James (r-sophomore), Leon Jacobs (junior), Vince Biegel (junior) and Rohan Blackwood (redshirt freshman or sophomore). In a word: wow. That's a lot of speed, talented and athleticism that has been primarily recruited by the new Wisconsin coaching staff.

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