Junior college prospects are a rarity at the University of Wisconsin, as former head coach Gary Andersen found out during his brief tenure with the Badgers.
Head coach Paul Chryst is going to try and have better luck.
Wisconsin added its fourth verbal commit in the 2017 recruiting class in the last three days when Iowa Western Community College’s Andrew Van Ginkel announced his commitment on Twitter Tuesday night.
Van Ginkel is the 15th commit of Wisconsin’s 2017 recruiting class, choosing the Badgers over finalists Iowa and Nebraska. He also had power five offers from Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia.
Though listed as a defensive end, the 6-4, 240-pound Van Ginkel is projected as an outside linebacker for the Badgers. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
An Iowa native, Van Ginkel spent two years at South Dakota after graduating high school before moving to JUCO in January.
With the graduation of Vince Biegel and potential loss of T.J. Watt to the N.F.L., Van Ginkel will be competing with senior Garret Dooley, sophomores Zack Baun and Christian Bell and many redshirt freshmen.
Van Ginkel’s commitment unofficially puts Wisconsin at a projected 88 scholarship players next season.