Madden De-Commits from Wisconsin

After committing to the University of Wisconsin in June, Barnegat (NJ) offensive lineman Sam Madden announced Saturday that he was de-committing from the Badgers and reopening his recruitment.

MADISON - Wisconsin's 2015 recruiting class is suddenly shrinking after it held together for such a long time.

Barnegat (NJ) offensive lineman Sam Madden announced on Twitter Saturday that he was de-committing from Wisconsin and reopening his commitment. No reason was given.

He is the second player to de-commit from the Badgers' 2015 recruiting class since new head coach Paul Chryst came aboard, joining Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes cornerback T.J. Griffin, who announced his decision on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-7, 325-pound Madden has over 25 offers on the board, including Boston College, Iowa, Miami, Nebraska, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and others when he committed to the Badgers in June.

Madden is ranked as the No. 75 offensive tackle in the Class of 2015, according to, and is a three-star prospect. He was one of four offensive lineman in the 2015 class, joining four-star prospects Jon Dietzen (Seymour, WI) and David Moorman (Northville, MI) and three-star prospect Kevin Estes (San Marcos, CA).

The offensive line class was critical for the Badgers in terms of building depth, especially with the Badgers losing three senior starters following the 2014 season. While Dietzen has enrolled early and Estes has been solid in his commitment thus far, Moorman was recently offered by Penn State and is planning an official visit to State College next weekend.

Moorman would join defensive ends Nate Howard and Jake Pickard (Syracuse), running back Jordan Stevenson (Oklahoma State), defensive tackle Olive Sagapolu (Kansas State), linebacker Dominic Sheppard (Illinois) and linebacker Jordan Griffin (USF) as Badgers commits who have taken or will take visits to other schools this month.

Wisconsin is down to 24 commits in its 2015 signing class, which can begin signing their national letters of intent on February 4.

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