After showing significant interest for months, Wisconsin finally extended an offer to Waukesha Catholic Memorial three-star linebacker C.J. Goetz during his unofficial to campus Sunday. It didn’t take Goetz long to reward the Badgers for that interest.
Sitting down with his family and his coach this morning, the 6-3, 225-pound linebacker decided to following his dream and committing to the Badgers was the way to go.
“My family is very excited for me,” Goetz told BadgerNation. “They’re very happy. Ever since I was little it was always Badgers football. Not only their success but the tradition of the program.”
Goetz is the fourth commit of Wisconsin’s 2018 recruiting class, picking the Badgers over offers from Bowling Green, New Mexico, North Dakota State and Northern Illinois. He was also getting Big Ten interest from Iowa and Michigan State and several other Power Five conference schools.
Growing up in a Badgers household, Goetz had made several trips to campus for unofficial visits, practices and games. Making another visit on Sunday with a handful of top in-state targets, Goetz was taken aback when the offer was given to him.
“Right when I got to Madison, Coach Chryst brought me into his office with my brother and my dad and offered me,” Goetz said. “We got to see the basketball game. Beforehand got to see the coaches and the offices. The visit was great!”
An all-state and all-conference selection last season, Goetz recorded 103 total tackles (11 for loss), six sacks, a blocked punt, forced fumble, an interception, three fumble recoveries and four pass break-ups while helping his team win a state title.
In his team’s division 3 title win, Goetz was everywhere on the field, finishing the game with eight tackles, two sacks for minus-17 yards and two pass breakups.
Wisconsin sees him as an inside or outside linebacker in its 3-4 scheme.