Commitment Impact: Jacob Maxwell

Continuing to protect the state's borders, Wisconsin made a late offer to Greendale (WI) offensive tackle Jacob Maxwell, and was able to flip the three-star athlete from Northern Illinois, as UW continues to rebuild the depth at the position. Badger Nation looks at the commitment impact.

Committed Over: Jacob Maxwell picked Wisconsin over an offer from Northern Illinois, who he committed to prior to the start of the season.

Rated: Maxwell is currently ranked a three-star prospect and the No.74 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com.

On Film: He's a kid who just kind of fell under the radar and once we saw his film as a senior, we really felt NIU was getting a steal. So it was no surprise when Wisconsin offered. He's a great sized kid who is tough and physical. He's technically sound and plays hard. I believe he will end up being a good one for the Badgers.

- National/Midwest Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu

Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin continues to rebuild its depth on the offensive line, as Maxwell becomes the fifth offensive line commit in this class with Michael Deiter, Jaden Gault, George Panos and Beau Benzschawel. The Badgers want to get up to roughly 15 scholarship offensive linemen and will be at eight – maybe less – following this season. While offensive line coach T.J. Woods wants to get those numbers up, he doesn't want to grab just anybody.

"If the opportunity presents itself, we'll take full advantage of it," said Woods. "If it doesn't, we'll build it progressively and go year by year."

Wisconsin has a chance with Kolton Miller (visiting officially this weekend) and Frank Ragnow, so UW might get the seven players it wants.

Quotable: "Why Wisconsin? Because they have a great tradition of breeding NFL offensive linemen and I was really excited to become a Badger, so that is why I decided to commit now. My dad just told me to get it over with and commit, so I did. I can't wait to be a part of the Badgers family and be a Badger."

Final Thought: Maxwell said it himself – he brings a physical, nasty style to the offensive line, which is exactly what the Badgers need. This is one case where having a great season gets you're an opportunity, as UW's coaches really became convinced that Maxwell was scholarship worthy after his performance in the division 3 state championship game. Keeping the best players in state is a priority at Wisconsin, and UW first-year coaching staff is taking that message to heart.

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