One day after winning the Division 2 state championship, Popp was offered a preferred walk-on offer by the Badgers prior to their home season finale against Northwestern Nov.21, an offer that he officially accepted Tuesday.
“It’s kind of like all the hard work paying off,” Popp told BadgerNation. “It’s just a great feeling knowing that you’ve been working hard and it’s going to work out.”
Popp had an offer from Minnesota State was getting interest from Air Force and Army. He joins Slinger fullback Aaron Maternowski as known walk-ons in the 2016 class.
“They have great academic facilities and a great tradition overall,” Popp said of Wisconsin. “From a football standpoint, they have a winning tradition and breed great football players and great teams. That’s something I would love to be a part of because it’s special over there."
A Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-state selection at defensive back, the 6-3, 195-pound Popp is a jack of all trades for the Highlanders. Wisconsin likes him at wide receiver, where he led his team in catches (30), yards (520) and touchdowns (eight) this past season.
“I’ve been talking to them mostly as a wide receiver, but I’ll play wherever they want me to and go from there,” said Popp. “At the start of the season, my goal was to help my team to the best of ability and get them to a state championship. It worked out for us. I thought I had a really good year. It all came together.”