After losing three senior tight ends off the 2013 team and not signing a tight end in the 2014 class, the University of University of Wisconsin football team made a big move on Monday to fortify the position.

The Badgers received their second oral commitment for 2015 from Kyle Penniston, a highly ranked tight end from Santa Ana, Calif., and Mater Dei High School, who announced his decision via Twitter.

Penniston, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, is an ESPN Top 300 selection at No. 228 and the No. 7 tight end nationally by ESPN and Rivals.

He chose UW over offers from Florida State, Washington State and Miami (Fla.). Other schools who reportedly also were interested included Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington.

UW tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk was the lead recruiter for Penniston, who flew to Madison last summer to participate in one of the Badgers’ three-day camps.

“This is awesome,” Penniston told BadgerNation.com. “I’ve always been a big fan of Wisconsin, but I wanted to make sure it was the right fit for me as a student-athlete.

“It did, so I knew it was the perfect place to be athletically, academically and socially.”“Coach Genyk said it was a big deal that I was able to get out there,” Penniston said. “They really didn’t know me when I got out there because of the new staff turnover, but having him see me in person was big. I showed them what they wanted to see on the field and they got a chance to meet my parents, so it was definitely a good decision.”