A big day across the nation and especially right here in Northcentral Wisconsin.
National signing day for football, and heading the list is Medford's Ethan Hemer who signed on the line with the Badgers.
Hemer put pen to paper and put the finishing touches on his childhood dream of suiting up in the Cardinal and White.
"He (head coach Bret Bielema) said he wouldn't be asking me to do something he didn't think I could do," Hemer said. "He said, you know you can play at this level, it's just that the money's not there right now. We really want you to be a Badger. There's a spot for you, we have a plan for you. And you know, you can fit into our program. Basically it's going to be up to me to do the job and do it right"
Hemer will be one of 3 preferred walk-ons. He'll redshirt his freshman year, but he'll do everything with the team, except play.
It's not the easy route, but then again, Badger coach Bret Bielema did it the same way, walking on at Iowa in the late 80's.
"The part that I like about Ethan is he has a dream," Bielema said. "He has a dream about playing at Wisconsin, earn a scholarship. I can only say as a head coach, as a former walk-on myself at one point, a guy that had the same dreams as you did and was able to go out and earn a scholarship. The part that the NCAA has put in place and makes a lot of sense is, if someone wants to come in here and it doesn't work out, they can always transfer down. I know Ethan doesn't want to go down that route, but it does provide to him the same option that's open to him now. It will allow him to come in here next fall and try to prove his way up the ladder and get himself in a position of success."
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