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June 18, 2013

In-state backer picks up offer




After performing well Tuesday during Wisconsin's summer camp, 2014 in-state linebacker Dominic Cizauskas picked up an offer from the Badgers.

And it's safe to say the Mukwonago standout is excited about getting a scholarship from his home-state university.

"I'm at a loss for words right now," he told BadgerBlitz.com. "I'm truly blessed."

Cizauskas visited Madison for the school's one-day camp hoping to receive an offer from just days after Big Ten rival Minnesota extended a scholarship.

"It was a senior one-day only camp, so there were only about 20 of us there, and they made us do testing first (Cizauskas ran a 4.68 40 yard dash, second fastest at camp)," Cizauskas said. "Coach (Dave) Aranda was following me around closely and reporting back to coach (Gary) Andersen. And once I got done testing they said we were going to go eat and have 7-on-7 later. And here's me thinking that I was going to be doing 7-on-7 and everything and then all of a sudden the recruiting guy comes up to me and said, 'coach Andersen wants a meeting up in his office with your parents.'

"So I went up to his office and he said, 'you're a great fit for our program, you have a unique set of skills that attribute to your playing time as a freshman and we really want you to play at the University of Wisconsin. We don't need to see any more of you camp or anything. We've watched the film and you can go home and think about everything.' "

Cizauskas, who also had offers from Northern Illinois, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Illinois State and Butler, now has a decision to make.

"Coach Andersen said he wants us to let him know in the next couple days, so I'm going to have a meeting with my head football coach (Clay Iverson) and sit down with him and my family to talk about where the opportunities are, what different schools can offer and everything. So I'm looking to commit to Wisconsin, Minnesota or Northern Illinois in the next couple of days."

Standing at 6-foot-1, 250 pounds and able to run a 4.6-4.7 40 yard dash, Cizauskas has teams excited about his defensive potential.

"Minnesota really likes what I have to offer," he said. "They like how I can also play the offensive side of the ball, as a fullback or H-back, and Northern Illinois really liked my size and they said you can even play stand-up defensive end and blitz off the edge and still play middle linebacker.

"Coach Andersen also said my skillset is very unique, and I can play middle linebacker for us and see the field a lot, too."

Wisconsin currently has six verbal commitments in its 2014 class.

Dominic Cizauskas (8:24:12) from Jon McNamara on Vimeo.



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