Wisconsin landed its third commitment, and first in-state pickup, Friday after Benzschawel was offered personally by Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst on an unofficial visit to the team’s spring football practice.
“I did get offered and committed on my visit,” Benzschawel told BadgerNation. “Coach Chryst just went up to me and explained his interest in me, then he said an offer was on the table and explained I can take my time on a decision. I asked if I could commit right now. He said of course and I was just completely overwhelmed with excitement. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.”
The 6-6, 230-pound Benzschawel has plenty of Badger blood in his family with his dad, Scott, playing from 1983-87 and his older brother, Beau, currently a redshirt offensive lineman. The opportunity to have a playing career alongside his brother was a huge incentive to commit to the Badgers.
“It feels amazing that I can follow in my dad and brother’s footsteps,” said Benzschawel. “It’s going to be awesome, like back in the day when we would go at each other in the backyard and now I get to go against him in college.”
Benzschawel has the frame and athletic to play multiple positions at the next level, but the Badgers like him at defensive end, which is just fine with him.
“I will play defensive end,” said Benzschawel. “I’m very comfortable there and I’ve played it most of my life. I like to be really physical and quick off the ball.”