Mason Platter will be joining fellow Menomonie alumni athletes Mason Stokke and Alex Fenton on the Wisconsin Badgers football roster next year.
The 6-foot-5, 224 pound Platter signed his letter of intent Wednesday in the Menomonie High School (MHS) auditorium to play for the Wisconsin Badgers. He became the first-ever Mustang athlete to sign his National Letter of Intent in December, thanks to a new rule implemented by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that allows student athletes to sign a national letter of intent to play football, to accept a full scholarship during an early signing day window period from Dec. 20 through Dec. 22.
Platter signed a full scholarship, where he is projected as a boundary outside linebacker.
“Wisconsin is known for o-lineman, running backs and linebackers, so it was really an honor then to get that offer as a linebacker at Wisconsin,” Platter said.
Though he received several other scholarships to Division I schools and strong interest from other Big 10 teams, it did not take Platter long to jump at the chance to play for the home state Badgers, committing just days after the official offer. Platter said his decision came down to a feeling comfortable and welcomed.
“They made it feel like home there, they are such real people,” he remarked. “It was a good fit with the coaches and the program, I really liked what they had going there.”
Platter is now the fourth athlete to emerge from MHS to play for a Big 10 school. Stokke, a 2016 MHS graduate, signed to play for the Badgers in February, the spring prior to graduating, while Fenton committed this past February and is in the midst of his first season on the Badger’s roster.
Once in Madison, Platter — alongside Stokke and Fenton — will have the chance to play against another MHS alumni: Nate Stanley, a 2016 graduate, who earned a spot as the starting quarterback for the University of Iowa this year and is currently in his second season with the Hawkeyes.
Platter made his name known as a Mustang during his junior year, where he collected 14 sacks and had 10 other minus-yard tackles. During his senior year, he took on the role of team captain and ended up as a First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Region and First Team All-State selection by the Wisconsin High School Coaches Association.
During those two years, the Mustang defense dominated the Big Rivers Conference, where they emerged as conference champions with undefeated records.
Coach Joe LaBuda said Platter’s role on the defense was a large reason why the Mustangs had so much success the last two years.
“Mason possesses good length and uses his hands extremely well,” LaBuda said. “He plays hard and plays the run well along with being an explosive pass rusher. I think his best days are ahead of him as he gets stronger and puts on weight. He understands he has a lot of hard work ahead of him and is up for the challenge as he knows what is expected of him.”
Platter has already been accepted to UW-Madison and plans on majoring in civil engineering.
He added that everything is still sinking in, but he is excited to begin the new chapter in his life: “I just want to get there, get acclimated and get comfortable with the program ... really just make it my home.”