Commitment Impact: Conor Sheehy

Conor Sheehy (Fox Sports Next)

The fourth verbal commit of Wisconsin's 2014 recruiting class, Milwaukee Marquette Conor Sheehy can play defensive end or tackle for Wisconsin in the Badgers' new 3-4 defense. Badger Nation looks at Sheehy's impact.

Committed Over: Conor Sheehy picked Wisconsin on September 5 over an offer from Michigan. He also was receiving interest from Michigan State, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Ohio State.

Rated: Currently ranked a four-star prospect and the No.14 defensive end in the country by Fox Sports Next.

On Film: There are a lot of good things to pick out from Sheehy's game, but the one thing that is really impressive is his motor on the field. Sheehy is always running and moving. For a guy going up against big offensive linemen, Sheehy does a good job finding where the football is and making a play. In one-on-one situations, Sheehy's sheer upper-body strength is unmatched by his competitors.

Sheehy needs to continue to build his upper-body and lower-body strength to better take on double teams. He's a power weightlifter in the offseason, so transferring that "weight-room" strength to "football" strength will be important. Sheehy has the ability to probably add another 30 pounds to his frame through nutrition and conditioning, which will really make him a solid player.

He's quick, intelligent and has a lot of room to improve, which should excite Wisconsin fans.

Recruiting Impact: Losing all four projected starters off the defensive line following this season, the Badgers need able bodies to come in and fit the 3-4 scheme. Sheehy plays defensive end and defensive tackle for Milwaukee Marquette, which gives the UW coaching staff some freedom to move him around based on different calls. If they can firm up his commitment on a visit this weekend, that would be big for the Badgers.

Quotable: "After comparing all the schools, the academics, coaches, and all of that, it just came down to where I felt at home. I know Ethan Hemer and Beau Allen will both be seniors or graduated by the time I get there. I don't know about the guys coming up but there should be a significant hole at the position."

Final Thought: Michigan and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison continue to pursue Sheehy, but Ben Strickland and Dave Aranda have stopped by his school. Sheehy has a great relationship with the other three 2014 verbal commits, saying the group has kept in touch through the transition and help each other "stay true to our commitment." Sheehy admitted that it was hard to keep allegiance to a program that didn't have a head coach, but said he's liked the new staff as he continues to get to know them.

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