Commitment Impact - Anthony Lotti

Needing to add depth to its special teams unit, Wisconsin didn't have to wait long to get a decision from Oakwood (GA) West Hall punter Anthony Lotti, who committed shortly after receiving his offer. How can Lotti improve UW? We examine in the commitment impact.

Committed Over: Oakwood (GA) West Hall punter Anthony Lotti committed to Wisconsin over offers from Air Force and Boston College, as well as interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech and others.

Rated: Lotti is projected to be a three-star prospect by at the next rankings update.

On Film: “Lotti showed superior refinement in his punting ability at the 2015 UC Challenge. He has good fundamentals and technique. His 6'1 frame serves him well. He strikes the ball with confidence and attacks his punts. His drop looks consistent, lowering his table should help him improve consistency of his contact. He has D1 talent and with proper timing on impact, he has the ability to be a very good college punter.”–

Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin was monitoring a couple punters during the 2016 recruiting cycle but weren’t going to make any offers until seeing the potential candidates at camp. With both specialists camps done, it was clear to UW special teams coaches Chris Haering and Taylor Mehlhaff that Lotti was their guy. With him quickly accepting their scholarship offer, the Badgers are set at punter for the foreseeable future.

Quotable: “I thought (the campus) was beautiful. It was very pretty, everything was well kept, it was very clean and I love the fact that it’s on a lake. I live right on Lake Lanier, so I really wanted to go somewhere where I can be on water still. It was really perfect.” – Lotti

Final Thought: Senior punter Drew Meyer’s numbers have slowly decreased over the last two seasons, as his yards per punt average, kicks over 50 and kicks inside the 20 all were career lows last season. A year ago Wisconsin’s net punting yards of 33.74 were 113th out of 125 division 1 teams. UW needs a spark at that spot.

Lotti brings a lot to the table for Wisconsin – power leg, good hang time and confidence. We’re always fans of kids who earn their offer from a camp performance, and he was the best punter UW had at Sunday’s specialists camp. He’ll have a chance to start week one for UW in 2016.

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