Commitment Impact: Zack Baun

The third in-state commit for Wisconsin in 2015, Brown Deer (WI) Zack Baun is a multi-tooled, talented athlete with high upside. BadgerNation breaks down his commitment impact.

Committed Over: Zack Baun committed to Wisconsin over a scholarship offer from South Dakota State and a preferred walk-on offer from Minnesota.

Rated: Baun is in the process of being ranked.

On Film: It’s hard to accurately judge Baun because he’s the team’s starting quarterback, but a lot of the intangibles he showed when I watched him live should carry over to outside linebacker, where Baun said UW will start him at when he comes to campus.

He has a big frame (6-3, 209 pounds) and could easily add more good weight. His biggest strength is his ability to make plays in the open field, read defenses, solid lateral movement and good acceleration. He is also a leader and can carry the workload, evident by his performance against Pewaukee last weekend when he rushed for over 400 yards on 27 carries and scored six touchdowns. Five of his six touchdown runs were over 39 yards and he showed he only needs a sliver of space to find a gap.

Baun played on kickoff return and punt coverage, a little bit at defensive end and was the holder for extra points, versatility that showed me that he’s a natural athlete who can develop into any position on the field and succeed.

Recruiting Impact: Baun’s decision to accept Wisconsin’s grayshirt offer doesn’t affect anything in 2015 and might help the Badgers in the 2016 cycle. Currently sitting at 21 scholarship juniors, Wisconsin will have a big class next year and will count Baun’s commitment in that recruiting cycle, since he won’t officially enroll with the team until spring 2016. With five linebackers currently committed in 2015 and Baun in 2016, UW can focus on other key areas on the recruiting trail.

Quotable: “He’s that ultra-competitor. He wants the ball in his hands and we want the ball in his hands when the game is on the line. He’s a tough man to deal with because he gives you that combination of power and speed. Then he throw in his competitive ability, he gets the players around him to play.” - Brown Deer co-head coach Rob Green said of Baun.

Final Thought: This is a steal for Wisconsin to get an under-the-radar player who has a total of 3,500 yards and 56 touchdowns responsible for. He should make a very good outside linebacker in Wisconsin’s 3-4 defense, which is recruiting kids with good instincts, speed and ball skills.

Baun vs. Pewaukee

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