Watertown lineman John Clifford pledges badgers for football | High school football






Lake Mills running back Charlie Cassady (14) comes off for a touchdown as John Clifford of Watertown, right, defends during the first half of a game between the teams at Lake Mills High School in Lake Mills, Wis., Friday, October 16, 2020 JOHN HART, STATUS JOURNAL


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Watertown senior John Clifford announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he had made an oral commitment to the University of Wisconsin and planned to participate in football.

While most WIAA football programs have chosen to play a shortened fall schedule due to COVID-19, most high schools in the Madison area – including all of the Big Eight Conference and each Rock Valley Conference school with the exception of Madison Edgewood – are committed to an alternate spring season, leaving their stadiums strangely empty this fall.



The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Clifford was a second-team selection as an offensive guard and a second-team lineman in defense on the all-Badger Large conference football team. In the past seasons he has also played tight.

It engages like a favorite walk-on.

DeForest 2-way lineman Evan Oberg, Waunakee's Quentin Keene lead Badger Great All-Conference Football Team

Clifford tweeted: “Happy to announce that I will be continuing my college and athletic career at the University of Wisconsin. Thank you to all my family, coaches and teammates who have helped me throughout my career so far. Let’s get to work. “

Watertown football coach Benji Kamrath tweeted: “Congratulations John! So proud of you! Watertown High School’s first Big Ten football kid in 18 years of training. Go goslings! “

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