Sun Prairie outside linebacker Marty Strey announced via Twitter that he has orally committed to play football at the University of Wisconsin, accepting a preferred walk-on offer.

Strey, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior, was a first-team all-state selection by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association last year as a junior. He was an honorable-mention all-state selection by the Associated Press. He was a first-team choice on the Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area team and a first-team All-Big Eight Conference selection.

He was Sun Prairie’s leading tackler in 2016. His statistics last season included 72 tackles, including 22 tackles for loss. He had seven sacks and forced four fumbles, recovering three.

This season, he has played outside linebacker, defensive end and tight end for Sun Prairie, currently 3-0 and ranked fourth in the Large Division in the Associated Press state rankings. His tackling ability and leadership skills propel the Cardinals’ outstanding defense.

“He is unbelievable as a player, as an athlete, as a person,” Sun Prairie coach Brian Kaminski said. “It brings tears to my eyes thinking about Marty Strey.”

Strey caught a touchdown pass as a tight end against Madison East and also recovered a fumble that he returned for a score against the Purgolders. He scored a touchdown on an interception return against Middleton. He had six tackles, including two sacks, in a 41-7 victory over Janesville Craig on Thursday. 

Strey, in a post on Twitter on Saturday, said: “I am excited to announce that I am committing to further my education and football career at the University of Wisconsin as a preferred walk-on. I am sincerely grateful for everyone who has shown me love and support throughout this process. Thank you to my parents, family, friends, coaches, and everyone else who has helped make this opportunity possible. It has been a privilege to represent the community of Sun Prairie. This journey is just beginning and I cannot wait to be a Badger!”


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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.