Baun Gets Badger Upgrade

After committing to a greyshirt offer from Gary Andersen, Brown Deer (WI) athlete Zack Baun was bumped up a full offer by new offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph this week.

Under new head coach Paul Chryst, Wisconsin has already shown they will not overlook in-state prospects and let talented high school prospects leave the state.

In addition to offering four high school seniors on Sunday, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph decided to up the ante with Brown Deer senior outside linebacker, and Badger greyshirt commit, Zack Baun and give him a full scholarship offer.

“He called me and told me they as a staff were going over their numbers and decided they wanted to get me there as soon as possible and told me they wanted to up my offer,” Baun told BadgerNation. “I was kind of nervous before he called, seeing all these in-state kids picking up offers, but when I saw he was calling I kind of knew what was up. I was beyond excited.”

The 6-3, 205-pound Baun really has worked hard to earn that scholarship and the numbers he put up this past season reflect that. Named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association offensive player of the year, Baun registered 3,773 total yards and 59 total touchdowns this past season, drawing the attention of the Badgers coaching staff to eventually offer him a greyshirt, which he accepted in November.

With an earlier visit with Coach Chryst, Baun had hopes of getting to campus earlier than January 2016.

“After my visit with Coach Chryst, I thought it would happen later, but never this soon,” said Baun. “It means so much not only to me but to my family as well. So blessed.”

Speaking of in-state prospects getting offered, what was Baun’s take when he kept hearing news of all these guys getting offered? “I loved it,” said Baun. “I think they will all be great additions if they come.”

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