Badgers Welcome 7 Early Enrollees in 2014 Class

MADISON, Wis. — With the start of classes for the spring semester at UW-Madison on Tuesday, the Badgers officially welcomed seven newcomers to the Wisconsin football program.

The Badgers' crop of early enrollees includes three linebackers, a pair of offensive linemen, a safety and a quarterback. All seven will be freshmen for the Badgers in 2014.

Michael Deiter
OL – 6-5 – 310
Curtice, Ohio (Genoa)

High School: Three-star recruit by, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports … named first-team All-Ohio on offensive line as a senior, also earning Associated Press District IV Lineman of the Year and Great Lakes Region Lineman of the Year honors while leading Genoa to 10-1 record … first-team All-Northern Buckeye Conference selection as a junior and senior … named all-conference as both offensive lineman and defensive lineman as a junior in 2012 … two-time first-team all-district pick … as a senior, ranked second at Genoa with 42 solo tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks … also lettered in baseball … high school coach was Tim Spiess

Personal: Parents are Dave and Deanne Deiter … three-year high honor roll student

Jaden Gault
OL – 6-6 – 310
Cottage Grove, Wis. (Monona Grove)

High School: Four-star recruit by, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports … ranked as No. 4 tackle in nation by 247 Sports, No. 9 by Scout and No. 10 by … selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl … as a senior, named first-team All-American by MaxPreps … first-team all-state by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a junior and senior … led Monona Grove to 2013 Wisconsin Division 3 state championship … won Badger South Conference titles in each of final three seasons … three-time unanimous All-Badger South Conference selection … did not allow a sack in three seasons as starter on offensive line … also lettered in track and field … high school coach was Mike Starsi

Personal: Parents are Matt and Kari Gault


D.J. Gillins
QB – 6-3 – 185
Jacksonville, Fla. (Ribault)

High School: Four-star recruit by, Rivals and 247 Sports … ranked as No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247 Sports, No. 9 by Rivals and No. 17 by … four-year starter at quarterback for Eagle’s View Academy and Ribault, throwing for 7,271 yards and 76 touchdowns … threw for 2,000 yards in three separate seasons … also ran for 775 yards and 13 TDs … three-time all-state selection … transferred to Ribault for senior season, throwing for 2,371 yards and 22 touchdowns while running for 602 yards and eight rushing scores en route to all-state and All-Gateway Conference honors … as a junior at Eagle’s View, completed first pass of season for 55-yard touchdown before tearing ACL on second drive of season-opening game … as a sophomore, threw for 2,667 yards and 31 touchdowns while rushing for another five TDs, earning all-state honors … threw for 2,178 yards and 22 TDs as a freshman to earn all-state honorable mention … named to All-Combine Team at 2012 Orlando Nike Sparq Combine … four-year team MVP … four-year team captain … also competed in basketball and track and field … high school coaches were Ryan Keith (Eagle’s View Academy) and Anthony Flynn (Ribault)

Personal: Parents are Daniel and Teisha Gillins  

Austin Hudson
S – 6-2 – 190
Tampa, Fla. (Plant)

High School: Three-star recruit by, Scout and 247 Sports … finished senior season with 90 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 12 pass breakups, three interceptions and two forced fumbles … also had 20 receptions for 447 yards and six touchdowns as a receiver … helped Plant to second-consecutive district championship as a senior, advancing to Florida Class 8A state semifinals in 2013 … also participated in track and field … high school coach was Robert Weiner

Personal: Parents are Eric Hudson and Samantha Hudson Geiger … uncle, Buzz Geiger, played football at Virginia Tech and for the Washington Redskins … AP scholar … finished high school with 4.6 cumulative GPA

Chasen Andersen
ILB – 6-0 – 220
Logan, Utah (Logan)

High School: Led all players in Utah, regardless of classification, with 160 tackles as a junior … also had 18 tackles for loss and four sacks … served as team captain of Logan team that claimed 2011 Utah Class 4A state championship … named first-team all-state by Desert News and Salt Lake Tribune … also named All-Cache Valley MVP and All-Region MVP … missed senior season after suffering knee injury in season-opening game … also lettered in baseball … high school coach was Mike Favero

Personal: Parents are Gary and Stacey Andersen … has a twin brother, Hagen … older brother, Keegan, plays tight end at Utah State

Matt Austin
ILB – 6-3 – 210
Fond du Lac, Wis. (St. Mary’s Springs Academy)

High School: Named first-team all-state by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a senior after recording 131 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and an interception… also caught 10 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns … elected North Team captain at 2013 WFCA All-Star Game … helped St. Mary’s Springs to back-to-back Wisconsin Division 6 state championships as a sophomore and junior (2011 and 2012) … as a junior, recorded 157 tackles, 14 TFLs, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and an interception … two-time Wisconsin Flyway Conference Defensive Player of the Year … three-time All-Wisconsin Flyway selection … two-time all-region pick at linebacker … finished career with 346 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, seven sacks, nine forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries — three returned for touchdown — and two interceptions … also a four-year letterwinner in hockey, earning All-Badgerland Conference honors three times … also lettered in track and field, earning all-conference honors twice … high school coach was Bob Hyland

Personal: Parents are Pat and Kelly Austin … National Honor Society member

Justin Schweitzer
OLB – 6-1 – 195
Silver Lake, Wis. (Wilmot)

High School: Two-time All-Southern Lakes Conference selection at linebacker … led Wilmot in tackles as a junior … qualified for Wisconsin state meet in 110-meter hurdles as a junior … missed senior track season due to injury … high school coach was Mike Greinke

Personal: Parents are Mary Servais and Mark Schweitzer … enrolled in Air Force ROTC … four-year scholar-athlete

*Report courtesy Wisconsin Athletic Communications & video courtesy of YouTube. 

Andrew Coppens

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