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Get to know the Wisconsin Badgers' 2021 football recruiting class
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Get to know the Wisconsin Badgers' 2021 football recruiting class

Our Wisconsin State Journal team offers a closer look at the athletes that have committed to playing football at the University of Wisconsin beginning in the 2021 season. 

With 19 commitments, the Badgers' class ranks No. 13 nationally on Rivals, No. 15 on 247Sports and No. 17 on ESPN.

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