Cizauskas Fits Right In

Having one of the top prep seasons in the state last fall, Mukwonago (WI) linebacker Dominic Cizauskas can't wait to play for Wisconsin after taking his official visit to Wisconsint his past weekend.

The weekend couldn't have been any better for Mukwonago three-star middle linebacker Dominic Cizauskas, who saw all he needed to see on his official visit to Wisconsin and then some.

Arriving on Friday night after his basketball game against Hartland Arrowhead (and future teammate Billy Hirschfeld), Cizauskas was able to attend the Badgers basketball game against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon, received a tour of the academics center and got to spend time with freshman linebacker Leon Jacobs.

"Jacobs was a great host and he made me feel like I was a part of the Badgers family right away, and that was awesome," Cizauskas told Badger Nation. "He also showed me the dorm and I got to meet some new people. He showed me what college life is like and how everyone is preparing for their finals.

"Besides spending time with Jacobs and (his roommate Chikwe) Obasih I got to spend some of the other time with the other recruits and their player hosts," Cizauskas said. "It was just a lot of fun. They just were telling us about the college life and what we can expect when we arrive on campus. We also exchanged cell phone numbers with some of the current players, which was awesome. They said if we ever have any questions or anything else to feel free to text them."

The best part for Cizauskas was the Badgers football banquet on Saturday night. Cizauskas noticed the family environment amongst the players and he can't wait to be a part of that family atmosphere.

One of the main talking points between Jacobs and Cizauskas was about defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

"Jacobs was talking to me how much different the college game is then high school football and how coach Aranda was able to help him adjust and put him in a position to succeed early in his career," Cizauskas said. "He was also saying how he cares for his players and he wants to see you succeed."

Cizauskas had a chance to talk with Aranda on Saturday night and he took away a lot of positives from his conversation.

"We talked about the different schemes he's putting in and he showed me the base defense, which is similar to the defense I played in for Mukwonago," Cizauskas said. "I was able to follow everything he was saying and the biggest thing for me will be getting the calls down."

Finishing the regular season with 121 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and seven sacks, Cizauskas was able to help guide Mukwonago to a deep playoff run before eventually losing to Franklin in the division 1 state semifinals.

"I started off the season not thinking much, I thought we would be solid but didn't vision such a great playoff run," Cizauskas said. "When we took down Sun Prairie, we felt like we were on top of the world. We were one of the best teams ever in Mukwonago history and knowing I was a part of that is pretty special for me and I won't ever forget that."

Cizauskas also ran for 532 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught four passes for 130 yards and two schools, a big reason he was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel area football player of the year earlier this month.

"I've been growing up looking at the paper to see who has received the award each year and I've tried to strive to receive it," Cizauskas said. "This year my hard work has paid off. Teachers, my teammates, and classmates have all congratulated me on the award and have shown the paper to me, and that's pretty cool."

Cizauskas feels like he's prepared for when he steps foot on campus thanks to his high school football coach Clay Iverson and his plus-one concept.

"Coach Iverson always preaches ‘plus one' during games and practices," Cizauskas said. "It means to give more effort then your opponent and individually try and do that extra rep, or keep working on your game till its perfect. That's what I want to do when I get to Wisconsin is show the coaches I belong in the Big Ten."

Rated the No.23 middle linebacker in the country by, Cizauskas committed to the Badgers in June following the program's first high school summer camp. While he was very excited about his commitment then, he can't wait to put on the Wisconsin uniform after his official visit. "This visit has built a lot of excitement for me, seeing everything on campus, meeting with coach Aranda and spending time with the players," Cizauskas said. "They laid out the red carpet for me and I can't wait to step foot on campus this summer and finally be a part of the Badger family."

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