The weather is wreaking havoc on signing day, but by the end of the afternoon, we will have at 20 new Badgers signed, sealed and delivered.
Because of the snow issues across the country, the NCAA is allowing recruits to e-mail in their letters of intent instead of faxing them in. Meanwhile, the live blog on UWBadgers.com didn't start as scheduled this morning and has been postponed indefinitely because of the weather. This will make it harder for the official announcements to come in today, but we'll be following all the action online and posting updates here all morning long. (All rankings are from Scout.com unless otherwise noted.)
3:00 pm: Bret Bielema's press conference is about to get started. For live updates during the press conference, follow @B5Q on Twitter.
2:58 pm: Word from UW is that we are done with letters for the day. Nate Hammon did not sign with the Badgers today, but according to Badger Nation's Ben Worgull, he is set to have a press conference tomorrow. It's possible there is grey-shirt talk with Hammon depending on what Jacoby Brissett decides.
2:09 pm: Even though the delay was just weather related, Wisconsin fans can breathe now as Kenosha running back Melvin Gordon is officially a Badger.
1:57 pm: UW announces another preferred walk-on: wide receiver Jake Stengel from Sheboygan, Wis.
12:54 pm: Still waiting on running back Melvin Gordon and quarterback Nate Hammon.
12:43 pm: The Badgers also announced a number preferred walk-ons: offensive lineman Jonathan Coon, quarterback Lance Baretz, running back Miles Groeschel, defensive back Tyler Leonhard (brother of former UW walk-on and All-American Jim Leonhard), punter/kicker Drew Meyer, quarterback Joel Stave and fullback Derek Straus. All seven players are from Wisconsin.
12:35 pm: One note on Milton quarterback Nate Hammon who reportedly commited to the Badgers yesterday: There's a lot of chatter today that he will play a different position for the Badgers, so it may not affect Brisset afterall.
12:29 pm: The Badgers are officially announcing signings. Other than the ones we have already mentioned, they also include defensive end James Adeyanju from Curie High School in Chicago, wide receiver Kenzel Doe from Reidsville, N.C., tight end Eric Steffes from Mount Calvary, Wis. and wide receiver Fred Willis Jr. from Milwaukee.
9:58 am: Worgull tweets that Jordan Fredrick has signed his papers and is about to fax them in. Frederick is a 6-3, 210 pound three-star linebacker from Madison Memorial.
9:49 am: Wondering why we haven't heard from Kenosha-Bradford running back Melvin Gordon? Badger Nation's Ben Worgull has the scoop. Apparently Gordon is literally snowed in and can't fax his letter out. Not sure why he can't e-mail it in because the NCAA is allowing that today, but Gordon told Worgull he will officially sign at Bradford around 1 p.m.
9:27 am: Tom Lea continues to crush it on the recruiting trail. He reports defensive back Terrance Floyd has his letter in. Floyd is a three-star recruit from Boynton Beach, Fla.
9:22 am: Likely the prize of this year's recruiting class, Baldwin linebacker Jake Keefer is officially a Badger, according to Badger Blitz. He is the No. 1 ranked prospect in the state of Wisconsin. Merrill tight end Sam Arneson is also in the fold, as is wide receiver A.J. Jordan. Arneson is a fringe four-star recruit, while Jordan has some height at 6'2, but will have to beef up. He's currently listed at 165 pounds.
9:12 am: Austin Traylor is officially a Badger, according to Tom Lea. Scout.com has him as a three-star defensive end, but Rivals.com has him as a four-star recruit and the No. 15 overall tight end. He is 6-4, 210 pounds and is from Columbus, Ohio. Looks like he can be a versatile H-back for the Badgers. He should fit right in.
9:02 am: According to Badger Blitz, Austin Maly and Tyler Marz are in. Maly is a 6-5, 200 pound tight end from Waunakee (three-stars) and Marz is a two-star offensive tackle from Springfield, Minnesota. At 6-8, 280, he's a project but has the size to be really good. Keep in mind, John Moffitt was a two-star recruit.
8:49 am: Jesse Hayes' and Darius Hillary's papers are in, Badger Blitz tweets. Hayes is a 6-4, 230 pound three-star defensive end and Hillary is a three-star cornerback. Both are from Cincinnati.
8:46 am: 5-10, 180 pound three-star cornerback Devin Gaulden has signed with the Badgers, according to Badger Nation.
8:40 am: Michael Caputo and Derek Watt are officially signed, according to Badger Nation. Caputo is a 6-1, 195 pound three-star linebacker and Watt is a 6-2, 215 pound three-star linebacker.
8:35 am: Probably the biggest news this morning is a late addition to UW's class last night. After it became clear linebacker Curt Maggitt was picking Tennessee over Wisconsin, the Badgers offered Milton quarterback Nate Hammon yesterday and he accepted, according to numerous reports. This isn't exactly a good sign for UW's hopes of getting quarterback Jacoby Brissett. He reportedly has made up his mind, but won't announce his decision until Friday.
Hammon is not a ranked prospect and only had offers from Illinois State and South Dakota State before Wisconsin offered him. He was verbally committed to Illinois State.
8:17 am: Tom Lea from Badger Blitz reports Westerville-South (Ohio) offensive lineman Ray Ball has also signed his letter of intent. Ball is a 6-7, 325 pound three-star recruit.
7:48 am: Badger Nation's Ben Worgull reports Hartland Arrowhead linebacker Derek Landisch is the first player to fax in his letter of intent. Landisch is a 6-0, 215 pound three-star recruit.