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In-state ATH Cormac Sampson jumps on Wisconsin offer

Cormac Sampson picked up an offer from Wisconsin on Friday evening.

By Saturday afternoon, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete from Eau Claire Memorial High School committed to the Badgers.

"Coach (Chris) Haering called me last night (Friday) and we talked for a while," Sampson told "At the end of the conversation he told me that the coaches watched my film again, talked about me as a staff and decided to offer.

"I was pretty sure I wanted to commit after talking to coach Haering. I made it official today and and it feels great to shut things down and know where I'm going."

Sampson, who picked UW over offers from Illinois State, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois, among others, is commit No. 9 for Wisconsin in the 2018 class. He is the fifth in-state pledge, along with Trent Ingalls, C.J. Goetz, Mason Platter and Boyd Dietzen.

"Since the visit to Wisconsin in February with those guys (Dietzen, Platter and Goetz), I was hoping they would come in with an offer," Sampson said. "It just feels to great to be able to stay home and play for the Badgers."

UW has not decided where Sampson will start when he arrives on campus. He could work at either tight end or defensive end.

"They really don't know yet," Sampson said. "They just think I'm a big athlete who can move really well. I don't care where I play. I'm a bit more comfortable at defensive end but I'll do whatever they need me to do."