Committed Over: Grafton (WI) defensive end Luke Benzschawel received his first scholarship offer from Wisconsin. He said he was giving Division 2 interest from Minnesota State and Winona State. He also was getting interest from South Dakota State in basketball.
Rated: Benzschawel is currently not ranked by Scout.com.
On Film: Luke is a little bit hard to evaluate because there is not a ton of film out there on him. He is obviously, like his brother, a taller kid with a big frame (6-6, 230). Because of that he could grow into several different positions. Given his height and the likelihood that he will get a lot bigger over the next few years, I tend to think he will end up on the offensive line, but he offers possibilities as a tight end or defensive lineman as well.
Recruiting Impact: Taking solid in-state players with high upside is never a bad thing at Wisconsin, something head coach Paul Chryst has fully embraced in his five months on the job. The Badgers unofficially have 24 scholarships available for the 2016 class so there are few drawbacks taking in-state prospects of this nature early in the recruiting process.
The Badgers unofficially have offers out to 12 defensive end prospects, including seven in the Scout300. Taking Benzschawel’s early commitment will have no impact on the pursuit of them. Two of those players in the Scout300 – four-star prospects Auston Robertson and Josh King – have recently spoke highly of their UW visits.
Quotable: “It feels amazing that I can follow in my dad and brother’s footsteps. 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
Final Thought: Benzschawel has the body of a tight end but shows great tendencies on the defensive side of the ball, leading the team in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles last season. That’s a real positive sign because it shows he knows how to make plays. In-state kids are great for the program, especially kids with a lineage to Wisconsin. Considering his dad played and his older brother plays at Wisconsin, Benzschawel knows what it takes to succeed in Madison.