Another Hill-Stopper in the Fold

Riding their defense all the way to a WIAA Division 1 state title last weekend, the most recognizable players on that defense could be the well-known Trotter brothers. Wisconsin fans better get to know Cameron Botticelli, who is now on his way to Madison.

When Milwaukee Marquette made headlines last weekend, winning the WIAA Division 1 State Championship, its defense got all the headlines.

After all, the Hilltoppers allowed just 51 total yards, nine more than the record for all divisions and only 10 passing yards, 10 more than the all-time record. It was also no surprise that most of the eyes were on University of Wisconsin recruit Michael Trotter and hopeful UW recruit Marcus Trotter, as the twins were the pulse of the defense.

Look closer, however, and fans would have seen another future Wisconsin athlete playing on the Milwaukee Marquette defense.

One of the stalwarts on the Hilltoppers defensive line, senior defensive end Cameron Botticelli had so much fun winning at Camp Randall that he wants to do it some more, as Botticelli has decided to pass on his scholarship offers and will sign a preferred walk-on offer to attend Wisconsin this fall.

"He's a very hard worker who dominates in the weight room," said Michael Trotter of Botticelli, who could not be reached for this interview. "He's had a good season but he just played amazing the both times he played Falls."

Against Menomonee Falls in the championship game, Botticelli tied Marcus Trotter for a team-high with seven tackles (6 solo, 3 for loss), one sack and one pass breakup.

Botticelli originally committed to Illinois State over offers from Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois and North Dakota and interest from Michigan State, but started rethinking his commitment as his team prepared for state.

Now, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound lineman is bringing his 4.8 40-yard dash to Wisconsin's defensive line, something that Michael Trotter is anxious to see in action in front of him.

"He told me a couple days before state that he's going to commit," said Trotter. "His combination of quickness, size and strength makes him so good and you can see that on tape. We're really good friends and he's going to be a really good player."

Wisconsin has 18 verbal commitments and two confirmed walk-ons for the 2010 class.

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