He’s dreamed of playing there his whole life, and now Tate Grass, a standout at Holmen High School in 2018 has committed to the Wisconsin Badgers football team as a walk-on.
As for his position, he says it’ll be on the defensive side, which will require some hard work on his part before next fall
Grass said, “I’m going to start at outside linebacker. I’ll have to start working on movements because I’m going to be doing a lot more pass coverage, which is something I’ll have to get used to since I didn’t do much of that in high school.”
Grass says the success of other former walk-on’s like JJ Watt and linebacker Joe Schobert shows the walk-on label doesn’t mean much.
“Every time I’ve been to a game there to visit, they reminded me of some guys that started off at walk-on’s and then received a scholarship. That helped me make my decision.”
Grass had scholarship offers from Winona State and Minnesota-Duluth, both Division 2 schools.
Tate notched 35 tackles for the Holmen Vikings this year, including 14 for loss.
He was Vikings’ main receiving threat on offense, with 20 catches for 325 yards and a touchdown.