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Big 10 Recruiting: USNTDP Defenseman Jack Dougherty Commits to Wisconsin

Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves picked up an elite talent in Cottage Grove, Minn. defenseman Jack Dougherty.

US National Team Development Program defenseman Jack Dougherty announced his commitment to the University of Wisconsin on Thursday night. The former St. Thomas Academy star is in his first season with the USNTDP playing on the Under-18 Team.

Dougherty competed in last week's USA Hockey CCM All-American Prospects Game in Pittsburgh where he registered a power play goal on a nice wrist shot. "I thought Jack Dougherty played really well," said Joe Mullen, his coach for the game. The Cottage Grove, Minn. native also skated for the red, white and blue in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament this summer.

Dougherty had originally committed to play for Ohio State, but de-committed when the Buckeyes parted ways with former head coach Mark Osiecki. Dougherty is a talented defenseman who will be plucked in the 2014 NHL Draft. A '96, Dougherty was rated as a "B" prospect in Central Scouting's Preliminary Rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft. He will arrive in Madison next fall for the 2014-15 season.

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Jeff Cox covers college and junior hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.