Commitment Capsule: Dallas Lewallen

Every recruiting class has one player that flies under the radar until he makes it known that he is committing to one of the top schools in the area. This year, that player's name was Dallas Lewallen. How big a pick up was it for Wisconsin? Find out right here with analysis and his recruiting story.

His Recruiting Story: Dallas Lewallen's recruiting story is one that kids growing up in the state of Wisconsin dream about. Much like lineman Jake Irwin, Lewallen wasn't heavily in the recruiting scene the summer after his sophomore year (only attending UW's camp), but started scheduling summer camps after his junior year in hopes of earning a scholarship.

Lewallen had trips scheduled to North Dakota State, Western Michigan, Northwestern and his first trip to Wisconsin, where he had visited before for Junior Day and sporting events. After an impressive display in front of Bob Bostad, UW's offensive line coach gave Lewallen a number and told him to give it a call. On the other end was Coach Bielema, who offered him his first scholarship offer.

Although he knew he was probably going to commit, Lewallen canceled his other camps and traveled up to Madison a week later with his parents to get the full tour of the facilities, an experience that sealed the deal for him.

Badger Nation Publisher Benjamin Worgull: An Oshkosh Northwestern first-team all-area and first-team all-conference offensive lineman as a junior, Lewallen (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) is by far the biggest athlete in his school and one of the biggest athletes in his conference. Talking to Tight End Coach Joe Rudolph, he said you can learn a lot about a bigger-sized athlete by watching him play basketball. Lewallen has started on varsity since he was a sophomore, showing good technique and solid footwork. He's a steal for UW, only because no other college was able to see his attributes.

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