Posted On: 12/20/20 6:34 PM

As a long time Midwest football fan I’ve always remained conscious of the athletes playing for my favorite college teams that are rostered on Preferred Walk-On (PWO) offers. These are the kids who are truly betting on themselves and their talents, and for the most part are local kids playing for their hometown teams or trying their hand at getting playing time for a regional powerhouse. Three Midwest powerhouse programs that have done a great job of recruiting and developing talent from WI and MN include the Wisconsin Badgers, Minnesota Gophers, and NDSU Bison, who have seen former walk-ons from both states make major contributions to their teams. This talented list includes:

JJ Watt (Pewaukee/CMU/Wisconsin), John Chenal (Grantsburg/Wisconsin), Ryan Ramczyk (Stevens Point/UW-Stevens Point/Wisconsin), Jack Cichy (Hill-Murray/Wisconsin), Ryan Connelly (Eden Prairie/Wisconsin), Joe Schobert (Waukesha West/Wisconsin), Rick Wagner (Nathan Hale/Wisconsin), Blake Cashman (Eden Prairie/Minnesota), Sam Renner (Maple Grove/Minnesota), Axel Ruschmeyer (Holy Family/Minnesota), Calvin Swenson (Kaukauna/Minnesota), Johnny Santaga (Green Bay Notre Dame/Minnesota), Adekunle Ayindi (Blaine/Minnesota), Joe Haeg (Brainerd/NDSU), Aaron Steidl (Alexandria/NDSU), Jedre Cyr (D-G-F/NDSU), Garrett Malstrom (Frazee/NDSU), Caleb Butler (Blaine/NDSU), Logan Graetz (River Falls/NDSU).

If you weren’t interested in reading all those names no worries, but just know there’s a lot of talent on this list and a lot of the guys on this list have proven themselves

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