Commitment Impact: Jon Dietzen

Easily the top junior in the state of Wisconsin, Seymour (WI) four-star offensive lineman Jon Dietzen fits a major need for the Badgers after giving the program his verbal commitment. BadgerNation breaks down the commitment impact.

Committed Over: Jon Dietzen committed to Wisconsin over offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan State, Miami and Nebraska.

Rated: Dietzen is a four-star prospect, the top-rated prospect in the state, the No.13 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com and the No.120 overall prospect in the Scout 300.

On Film: Dietzen is what you think of when you hear "Midwest lineman." He's a big kid (6'5, 330) and plays with the type of toughness and intensity you would expect in a Wisconsin product. He had a good sophomore season and what we saw on film was confirmed over the summer at Wisconsin and Nebraska's camps, where he earned offers from both schools. – National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu

Recruiting Impact: Offensive line depth was an issue for the second straight spring, meaning Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen and offensive line coach T.J. Woods are again putting an emphasis on recruiting multiple offensive linemen in the 2015 class, likely shooting for at least three or four in this class.

Dietzen's commitment is the first big domino for UW, which unofficially has offers out to a dozen other uncommitted offensive linemen. Of that group, the Badgers sit well with David Moorman (who the Badgers just offered this week out of Michigan) and Sam Madden (a New Jersey prospect who will visit for camp next month). The Badgers also had center James Daniel on campus last weekend for an unofficial visit that he loved.

Quotable: "Playing for Wisconsin would mean a lot, especially with all the in-state guys on their line who go on to do great things. It would be great to be another in-state guy who comes in, gets better and does great things." - Dietzen following the initial offer

Final Thought: Wisconsin's life blood the last two decades has been in-state recruiting, a group that builds the foundation for the Badgers' success. Wisconsin cleaned up in the state last year by getting seven of the state's top nine players, so get the unquestioned top player in state – by a wide margin – and a player who fits an important position of need for UW is huge.

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