Committing to Wisconsin a Dream for Stokke

A Wisconsin fan his whole life, Menomonie junior outside linebacker Mason Stokke made the decision to play for the in-state school when he committed to head coach Paul Chryst following his unofficial visit to campus this week.

The in-state domination under Paul Chryst has continued, as the Badgers picked up their fourth overall commit for the 2016 class in Menomonie junior outside linebacker Mason Stokke. Committing Monday, Stokke joins Grafton junior defensive end Luke Benzschawel as the second in-state commitment.

"It feels awesome (being a Badger)," Stokke told BadgerNation. "It has been a dream of mine since I was little."

The 6-3, 203-pound Stokke chose the Badgers over offers from Army, Iowa, Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois. He received his Wisconsin offer in early April.

Stokke visited Wisconsin for the Badgers scrimmage Sunday, a visit that included talking to recruiting coach Tim Tibesar and head coach Paul Chryst in-depth. Saying the visit went well, Stokke slept on the decision before making his choice.

"The people I have talked to the most is my recruiting coach (Tim) Tibesar and head coach Paul Chryst," said Stokke. "I feel like they are a good fit for me. I will play outside linebacker and feel very comfortable. I feel I fit that position well."

Last season he was All-Conference selection after leading his team in tackles, having three interceptions and four forced fumbles-recoveries, as well as adding 500 yards rushing on offense as the team’s tailbacks. He also was the team’s punt and kick returner.

Stokke is also a two sport star as he is considered to be one of the state’s best wrestlers, finishing 45-0 and winning the state title at 195 pounds. He joins Green Bay (WI) Bay Port Alec Ingold as state wrestling champions, as Ingold won the 220-pound weight class.

"I bring a great attitude and am hardworking," said Stokke.

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