The hype around Wisconsin Badgers quarterback recruit Graham Mertz has been at a fever pitch for a while, and nothing that happened Saturday will slow it.

Competing in the 2019 The U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, Mertz threw for 188 yards and five touchdowns – setting showcase records in both categories – and was named the game’s most valuable player. Overall, the Blue Valley North High School product from Overland Park, Kansas, completed 7 of 14 passes.

Mertz will report to Madison in two days and enroll for the Wisconsin spring semester, which means he’ll be available for spring practices. The competition for the starting quarterback spot in 2019 will be crowded, with incumbent Alex Hornibrook and Jack Coan –  who led the Badgers to a win in the Pinstripe Bowl and saw action in five games this year while Hornibrook was sidelined by injury – both due back.

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Logan Brown, an offensive tackle from Grand Rapids, Michigan, committed to the Badgers, also participated in the All-American Bowl.