Badger Bits: National Signing Day is here!

Everybody ok and not frozen? I can't see outside my window currently, so hopefully everything is well in the outside world. But you can bet that I'll be spending my day off from school devouring news about one thing: National Signing Day!

Today is the day that recruits from across the nation will sign their letters of intent, and Wisconsin is expected to bring in a class of about 20 prospects this year. One of them is Pewaukee linebacker Derek Watt, the younger brother of former Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt. The younger Watt spoke with's Tom Mulhern, and he explained how he made his decision to come to Wisconsin. Watt previously gave a non-binding oral commitment to the Northwestern Wildcats.

Also, the Badger coaching staff is still hoping to hear from a few other prospects. Two of the top three Dwyer High School (FL) athletes are still officially uncommitted, but it looks like linebacker Curt Maggitt has taken the Badgers off of his list, according to Dave Heller of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett also appears to have made his decision, but he's not telling anyone until Friday.

Be sure to keep checking B5Q today for National Signing Day updates! We'll be updating the Twitter feed (@B5Q), as well as the website. Also, you can follow me! I'll be sure to tweet my thoughts about Wisconsin's newest recruits. (@veldyhoosey)

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Adam Rittenberg of gave the Badgers a grade for their performance during the 2010 season.

Cool tidbit: former UW quarterback Brooks Bollinger has found a high school coaching job, according to He'll be coaching Hill-Murray in St. Paul, MN, so the Badgers will probably look into his program for future recruits.

If you missed the game last night, shame on you. Unless you were stuck in a snowbank. Or something. But still: the Badgers beat the Boilermakers 66-59 last night at the Kohl Center. Rob Schultz of writes that the Badgers' balanced attack gave them the edge against Purdue.

Jeff Potrykus writes that Ryan Evans and Josh Gasser helped to propel the Badgers to victory.

Andy Baggot of writes that Wisconsin hockey is predictably unpredictable yet again.

Chuck Schwartz of Sixty Minutes. No Alibis. No Regrets. gives his recap of the Badgers' sweep of Michigan Tech over the weekend, as well as doing another round of Bracketology for the NCAA Men's tournament.

That's all for me today- stay warm out there!

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