MADISON - Joe Schobert had his bags packed and ready to head to North Dakota.
Overlooked by the Bret Bielema coaching staff because of a coaching transitions, Schobert turned a successful senior season at Waukesha West High to an opportunity to contribute right away for North Dakota's football program. But before he left for Grand Forks, Schobert represented his school in the state's all-star game. It turned out to be a life-changing decision.
Showing all the traits he's become known for the last three seasons for the Badgers, Schobert's performance caught the attention of the high school coaches, who called Bielema to inform him of Schobert's talent and his ability to impact the game at a moment's notice. A walk-on opportunity was offered, a change of course followed and Schobert hasn't relented.
Having played in 32 games with 15 starts, Schobert enters his third season as Wisconsin's starting outside linebackers with 93 career tackles, 16 tackles for loss, four sacks and 10 pass breakups. More
Schobert talks about Wisconsin's current crop of walk-ons and the young in-state players in the video above.