Gilbert Commits to Wisconsin

With tremendous upside and improving every year for Brookfield Central High School, there is no question that Bryce Gilbert's best years are still to come. With that thought in mind, Wisconsin made a strong offer to have Gilbert play for the Badgers, an offer he accepted Friday, becoming UW's third verbal commitment for the Class of 2010

MADISON – Since taking over the football program from current athletic director Barry Alvarez, head coach Bret Bielema maintained that when it comes to recruiting the state of Wisconsin, the Badgers have built a wall around its borders, getting every great Badger State player they offer.

The phrase continues to echo true with the Class of 2010.

Already getting verbal commitments from linebacker Konrad Zagzebski (D.C. Everest) and wide receiver Marquis Mason (Madison East), Bielema and his staff received their third verbal commitment for 2010, as Brookfield Central defensive tackle Bryce Gilbert gave his verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin early Friday evening.

"I told them I wanted to verbally commit and become a Badger," Gilbert told Badger Nation. "I am really excited to be able to play in-state and to have this opportunity."

Totaling 20 solo tackles (including 31 assists) and seven sacks last season, Gilbert (6-foot-2, 280 pounds) chose the Badgers over scholarship offers from Eastern Illinois, Indiana and Northern Iowa.

According to Brookfield Central head coach Doug Lange, Gilbert has improved leaps and bounds since coming to Central and feels the talented defensive lineman is far from hitting his peak.

"Basically, he was a very good JV player as a sophomore," Lange said recently. "Then that winter and that weight room session, those nine months, he went from being a kind-of soft big kid that loved playing football to suddenly a young man that was playing football. He moves his body weight around. He was about 250 as a sophomore and he played last year at 265. Now he's up to 280 pounds and quite honestly, were going to play him a little bit at guard besides defensive tackle this year. When you look at him, the work he has already put in speaks for itself. It's real impressive."

Gilbert will become the sixth Brookfield Central player to play for the Badgers in recent years, joining former Badgers Steve Johnson, Ben Strickland and Joe Thomas and current UW athletes Rob Korslin and Bradley Nortman.

Badger Nation will have more on this story later today

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