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Wisconsin Badgers head football coach Paul Chryst speaks during a press conference at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. M.P. KING -- State Journal

M.P. KING -- State Journal
The University of Wisconsin’s most recent recruiting visit Thursday was an immediate success after wide receiver Cade Green and Madison Memorial tight end Jake Ferguson committed within hours of being on campus.
 
One of the state’s best prospects made the haul even more impressive Sunday.
 
Port Washington offensive lineman Tyler Beach was leaning towards Notre Dame heading into his trip to Madison on Thursday but announced his commitment to UW just three days later.
“I guess just being able to see the other side of football, like the academics portion,” Beach said of changing his decision. "I know how great football is (at UW). I guess I just needed to see how great academics were in order to be complete in my decision."
 
Beach even canceled upcoming visits to Michigan State and Northwestern in order to give his verbal to the Badgers.
 
He said talking with UW athletic director Barry Alvarez during the visit about the tradition of the program also played a major part in turning him from a Notre Dame lean into a Badgers commit.
 

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Rivals and 247sports rank Beach as a four-star prospect, while Scout gives him a three-star rating. He chose the Badgers over offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Oregon State and Syracuse.
 
Ten months before National Signing Day, UW now has five of the top six in-state prospects committed for the 2017 class, according to BadgerNation’s rankings.
 
Beach became the eighth commitment in the Badgers’ class and the fourth offensive lineman to pledge to join UW in 2017.