Commitment Impact - Mason Stokke

A championship wrestler and a stellar two-way football athlete, Menomonie (WI) High linebacker Mason Stokke perfectly fits the recruiting mold of what Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst and his coaching staff are looking for. BadgerNation breaks down the commitment impact.

Committed Over: Menomonie (WI) linebacker Mason Stokke committed to Wisconsin over offers from Army, Iowa, Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois.

Rated: Stokke is currently ranked a two-star athlete by

On Film: He's a kid with a good frame. He has some room to fill out, but he will do that once he gets to college and cutting weight for wrestling may have something to do with that, although I don't know that he has to cut. You like the wrestling background, especially when he's as good as he is. On the limited film I've seen, he looks like a good athlete who's going to be able to add size and strength and keep his speed. I have to admit, we've not seen a lot of him, but will look to this summer and Fall. As a result of the limited footage that's available, we probably won't be able to fully rank and evaluate until we can see more. Outside of his game, I think it's always good to get an in-state kid, especially one like this where it seemed like Iowa was really making a good push. – National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu

Recruiting Impact: Just like I wrote when Grafton (WI) High defensive end Luke Benzschawl committed earlier this month, 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.

After taking five linebackers in the 2015 recruiting class and only losing two linebackers in each of the next two seasons, the position would appear not to be a huge area of need for the Badgers in 2016. This spring, however, UW has extended offers to Noah Burks (Carmel, IN), Jango Glackin (Bradenton, FL) and Griffin Grady (Dublin, OH), not to mention a host of others who were offered previously.

Quotable: “The Badgers will be getting a great student-athlete with unwavering character and an incredible work ethic. All his success is no accident. He has a relentless work ethic.” – Menomonie high school football coach Joe LaBuda said to the Eau Claire Leader Telgram

Final Thought: Another in-state prospect who likely benefited from the coaching change from Gary Andersen to Paul Chryst, Stokke is one of those tough-as-nails athletes, which is evident by his 45-0 state wrestling record. He won’t makes waves nationally now, but he’s fits the mold of what Wisconsin is recruiting to now: tough, blue-collared, lunch-pail-type kids.

Some people may be critical of Chryst’s ability to recruit. With a little more than nine months until national signing day, Chryst and Co. already have two solid in-state prospects, a four-star tailback and a legacy quarterback already committed. That’s a pretty good start.

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