Wisconsin and head coach Greg Gard have their first commitment in the class of 2019.

Following Thursday's unofficial visit, Lakeville (Minn.) North forward Tyler Wahl announced his commitment to the Badgers.

"Growing up, I've always been a big fan, watching their games," Wahl told Badger247.

Wahl chose UW over Minnesota, Iowa State, Northwestern, and Butler. The Badgers offered the four-star forward in April.

"It was cool," Wahl said in May. "It didn't really hit me until the next day how big of a deal that was."

As a junior, Wahl averaged 17.2 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game, leading the Panthers to a 22-4 overall record and a trip to the Minnesota State Tournament.

Wahl is a former high school teammate of Wisconsin sophomore forward Nathan Reuvers.

"Our relationship is really good," said Wahl. "I talk to him at least once a week. He's told me that they really like me. I just had to get my shot down and keep playing well."

Wahl is also an AAU teammate of Wisconsin's top target in 2019, Hopkins (Minn.) forward Zeke Nnaji. The two play together for D1 Minnesota, who also produced Reuvers.

"We haven't really talked about playing in college together, but we have a good relationship," Wahl explained.

Wisconsin continues to clean up in the state of Minnesota. Since the 2015 cycle, the Badgers have pulled six players from across the border -- Wahl, Reuvers, Brad Davison, Joe Hedstrom, Alex Illikainen, and Walt McGrory.

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Wahl was recruited by assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft. Since Krabbenhoft joined the staff in 2016-17, he's been the lead recruiter on four Wisconsin commits, the most of any current UW assistant coach.

The Badgers have three scholarships remaining in 2019. UW also has offers out to Nnaji, Malik Hall (Aurora, Ill.), Nobal Days (Racine, Wis.). However, Wisconsin may roll one, if not two scholarships over to the 2020 class, where they already have offers out to Jalen Johnson (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Johnny Davis (La Crosse, Wis.), Ben Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), and Ethan Morton (Butler, Pa.).

Wahl's commitment gives Wisconsin the No. 22 ranked class in the country, according to the 247sports composite team recruiting rankings. The Badgers also stand fifth in the Big Ten Conference, behind Maryland (7), Ohio State (12), Michigan (13), and Iowa (17).

UW's highest final ranking in the 247sports composite team recruiting rankings came in 2006, when their three-man class of J.P. Gavinski, Jason Bohannon, and Trevon Hughes finished No. 20 nationally. The 2005 class -- Joe Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry -- also finished No. 20 overall.

As it currently stands, Wahl is the No. 19 highest-ranked prospect to commit to Wisconsin in the 247sports composite era. Wahl is the nation's No. 125 ranked player in the class of 2019 per 247sports.