The Ohio native joins after an impressive finish to his high school career.

The Badgers officially signed another key piece in their 2021 class this morning in 3-star linebacker Darryl Peterson.

The three-star recruit comes out of Ohio powerhouse Archbishop Hoban (former home of Quan Easterling), where he ended an illustrious high school career this season with a state title and an all-area defensive player of the year award.

The Akron native’s tape is as impressive as any, and it’s clear Peterson has a knack for getting into the backfield and creating chaos. While it remains to be seen how he’ll handle the increased pass coverage duties that will come with a move to the next level, his tendency to put opposition quarterbacks on the ground gives him as much upside as any other player in the class.

Rankings

247 composite: 3 stars; grade: .8887; No. 374 player in the nation; No. 26 OLB; No. 11 OH

247 Sports: 4 stars; grade: 90; No. 26; No. 11 OH

Rivals: 4 stars; No. 9 OH

ESPN: 3 stars; Grade: 76; No. 96 OLB; No. 106 Regional; No. 27 OH

Verbally committed on June 1, 2020

Peterson chose the Badgers over other major offers such as Alabama, Michigan, and West Virginia, and will join Jack Pugh and Markus Allen in a trio of Ohio natives headed to Madison for next season.

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Player bio (courtesy of UW Athletic Department)

  • Four-star recruit by Rivals, three-star by 247 Sports and ESPN
  • Named All-Area Defensive Player of the Year by Cleveland.com
  • First-team all-state by MaxPreps as a senior
  • Led Hoban to an 11-0 record and state title as a senior
  • Named to the 2020 USA Today All-USA preseason second team
  • Registered 17.5 sacks as a senior after recording a school-record 21 sacks as a junior
  • Also had 45 tackles and 24 TFLs as a junior and was named to Cleveland.com All-Area team

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