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Wisconsin Football Expected to Land Dynamic 2024 Four-Star EDGE-Rusher



Wisconsin Football linebacker Maema Njongmeta
Illinois running back Chase Brown (2) is stopped short fo the goal line by Wisconsin linebacker Maema Njongmeta (55) during the first quarter of their game Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. Uwgrid01 4

Since the Paul Chryst regime, the Wisconsin football program has been after four-star EDGE rusher Anelu Lafaele on the recruiting trail

According to 247Sports, Lafaele is the No. 17 EDGE rusher in the country and the No. 2 player in Hawaii.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound pass rusher out of St. Louis High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, released a top seven list of Arizona State, Hawaii, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. He later announced that he planned to announce his commitment on July 1.

And after taking an official visit to Madison on June 2, it’s looking like the Badgers might have found their pass-rusher to pair next to Thomas Heiberger in the 2024 class. 

Wisconsin Football Is Trending for the Four-Star OLB

Even before his official visit, Anelu Lafaele picked up a crystal ball prediction from Wisconsin football insider Evan Flood with a confidence of “6.” He also got a future cast prediction from Jon McNamara of Rivals, further driving home the point that his pairing with the Badgers could make an ideal pairing. 

His twitchiness, athleticism, and strength bull-rushing make him an incredibly high-upside recruit that makes a ton of sense for this coaching staff.

From everything I’ve heard, this recruitment will come down to Wisconsin or choosing to be the hometown hero and staying home to play for Hawaii, which nobody could fault him for. 

Wisconsin’s tradition of churning out linebackers like a factory and getting them to the NFL should help tip the scales in their favor in the end. 

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Trevor Lovec is a freelance sports writer, correspondent, and a diehard Northern Iowa fan. He covers trending Wisconsin football and basketball social media topics.