The Wisconsin Badgers have landed their fourth commitment in the last week. Centerville (OH) Archbishop Alter prospect Cody Byers committed to Wisconsin Monday over offers from Louisville, West Virginia, Kent State, and Ohio.
"Last weekend I was up at Wisconsin with my friend Chris Borland (Wisconsin class of 2009) and I really liked it," Byers said. "So I committed to Wisconsin today."
Byers is Wisconsin's twelfth commitment in the class of 2010.
"First off, Madison is a great town," Byers stated. "The academics are second to none in the Big Ten. They have great standards there, and that was big in my decision. The school just fits me much better than any other option. And having Chris up there, it is always good to have someone like that when you are going to a school seven hours away."
Though Cody is projected as a safety, he said the Badger staff likes him as an outside linebacker.
"A lot of players go to Madison, change positions, and have great success. I want to play outside linebacker."
Byers plans to take an official visit to Wisconsin this fall. He said the three options he is looking at are when the badgers host Michigan State, Michigan, or Iowa.
"Really any game would be fine," Byers said. "You know a Big Ten opponent is going to be a good game."
Just prior to his interview with Rivals.com, Byers was trading texts with Cameron Ontko, another Ohio prospect committed to the Badgers.
"We are hoping to go up for an official together. Chris Borland said they did that last year, got a bunch of the commitments together, and they had a great weekend."
Byers led Archbishop Alter to the Ohio Division IV State championship last season. Byers had three tackles and a pass breakup in the state final. Chris Borland led Alter with seven tackles.
"We have a great program," Byers said. "We have a great coaching staff. They teach us really well. We have great athletes and a great community. I think we are going to be good again this year. We started camp today. We should make another run for state."