New Wisconsin Commit Jake Cesear Still in Awe

Seeing his preferred walk-on offer bumped up a full offer, Encinitas (CA) La Costa Canyon long snapper/wide receiver Jake Cesear joined the Wisconsin 2016 recruiting class late Monday night.

Encinitas (CA) La Costa Canyon senior Jake Cesear says playing wide receiver is a fun little side hobby but his true passion is being a long snapper. He'll get an opportunity to do both at the University of Wisconsin in 2016.

Already holding a partial scholarship from Wisconsin, Cesear was shocked when he bumped up to a full offer Monday night. He promptly accepted after calling the coaching staff and before going out for a long celebration.

"To get a full ride from my number one school was just mind blowing," said Cesear. "I'm still just in awe. I'm so happy."

In his first full recruiting cycle as Wisconsin head coach, Paul Chryst continues to upgrade the Badgers’ special teams for the near future.

The Badgers have already accepted a verbal commitment from Georgia punter Anthony Lotti and now find the player who will be snapping him the ball in Cesear.

The 17th verbal commitment in Wisconsin’s 2016 recruiting class, the 6-5, 190-pound Cesear had no other scholarships but was getting interest from several FBS schools, including Penn State and Texas.

"(Wisconsin) was pretty much all I got," said Cesear, "and that's good enough for me."

Cesear popped on Wisconsin's radar over the summer during the Badgers' high school camps. He originally came for a specialist camp, where he impressed special teams assistant Taylor Mehlhaff, but was invited back a couple days later for a position camp after running a 4.47 40-yard dash.

"They had a position camp (before the specialist camp) and I had the fastest 40 out of both groups," said Cesear. "They started talking to me and asking me what other positions I played. I told them wide receiver and they asked me to come back."

Cesear obliged and earned a walk-on offer from receivers coach Ted Gilmore after replicating his 40-yard dash speed and testing well in other agility drills. Cesear said his offer would turn into a scholarship following his sophomore year.

"I just have a great time playing receiver, but long snapping was definitely my first love," said Cesear, who will have a chance to play both positions at Wisconsin. "(Renowned special coach Chris) Rubio really help me develop into the snapper and person I am today."

Planning to return for the Rutgers game for his official visit, Cesear doesn't know when it will sink in that he'll be playing his two favorite positions at the college of his choice.

"I don't know when I'm going to settle down," said Cesear. "I'm just so happy...(Madison) was awesome. I absolutely loved it. I fell in love with the town as soon as I got there. It's so nice. The facilities are amazing and it's just gorgeous with the dorms being right on the lake. I can't wait."

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