Recently re-ranked by Scout.com, moving up from the 68th-best outside linebacker in the nation to No.32, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Duggan picked up an offer from Illinois, his 18th overall offer and fifth from the Big Ten.
"Illinois came in and offered late last week, I believe Thursday," Duggan told Badger Nation. "I had been in contact a little bit here and there, but (Quarterback Coach Jeff) Brohm gave me some good feedback."
The Illinois offer came roughly the same time another Big Ten school jumped in the recruiting race for Duggan.
"I was really excited talking to (Head) Coach Mark Dantonio," Duggan said. "He told me a little bit about the school and talked about me making a visit this summer. I am going to visit them later this month. I am not sure when I am going to visit Illinois."
Registering 31 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions his junior season, Duggan's goal was to have his list cut to a manageable 10 schools by the start of summer so he could commit before the start of his senior season. While he still plans to do so, the process of whittling the list down has proved to be challenging.
"I've tried to (narrow my choices) and it is really tough," Duggan said. "All the schools have so much to offer. It's a little stressful but it is slowing down, which is nice."
"I love everything I've heard about Wisconsin so far," Duggan said. "Coach Rudolph and I have built a real good relationship. We talk about everything, not just football. He along with (current UW players and former teammates) Pat Muldoon and Sam Edmiston have told me it's an amazing campus."
Wisconsin currently has one verbal commit at linebacker – Jake Keefer – and expects to take three or four in the 2011 class.