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In-state DE Boyd Dietzen is commit No. 5 for Wisconsin in 2018 class

Wisconsin received its second commitment of the day from in-state defensive end Boyd Dietzen, who picked up an offer Sunday from UW during an unofficial visit.

A 6-foot-3, 240-pound junior from powerhouse Kimberly High School, Dietzen joined linebacker CJ Goetz as pledges for the Badgers on Monday.

"I know that Wisconsin would be the right place when I was down there because of the culture I saw," Dietzen told "I just fit in at Wisconsin."

Dietzen, who chose UW over offers from Minnesota, Iowa State, North Dakota State, Syracuse and North Dakota State, was being recruited by most schools as a defensive end but didn't receive a set position during his conversation with head coach Paul Chryst on Sunday.

"Coach Chryst doesn't really know what position I could play at Wisconsin, but he thinks I'm someone that they need on the roster," Dietzen, who is first cousins with Wisconsin offensive lineman Jon Dietzen, said. "He just thinks I'd fit well there.

"A lot of schools are saying defensive end, but Wisconsin just wants to see where my body takes me. I thought I maybe had a chance to pick up an offer today, but you never know. So it was great to hear the news."

Dietzen, who had 56 total tackles and 15 sacks as a junior, played last fall with 2017 UW signees Logan Bruss and Danny Vanden Boom. The three helped the Papermakers to an undefeated season and a WIAA Division 1 state title.

Dietzen and Goetz are part of a recruiting class for Wisconsin that also includes Reggie Pearson, Trent Ingalls and Ben Bryant.