Tough loss last week, but the Badgers showed promise in the 1st half and I liked what I saw out of QB Joel Stave. Everyone was quick to blame head coach Bret Bielema, but fans have to remember that the Badgers were about 2-TD underdogs going into the game, so I'll take a 3 point loss. Maybe it's time to panic for what the real expectations should be for the remainder of the season, but certainly not a time to call for Bielema's seat.
As the Badgers prepare for a home game against a reeling Illinois squad, recruiting is also back in full form as the Badgers are hosting a few recruits this weekend. Here's what's been going on this week on the recruiting side:
ATH/QB Damon Mitchell (Class of 2013): 6'2", 175 lbs - Egg Harbor City, NJ
Already committed to Georgia Tech, Mitchell has decided to open up his recruitment and is making an official visit to Madison this weekend. Wisconsin actually offered Mitchell months ago, but under the condition that Mitchell plays at the Safety position. However, the Badgers are back and have offered to recruit him as a QB.
The Badgers have yet to sign a QB for the 2013 class and look to do so every recruiting class. Mitchell is a dual threat QB - has thrown for 680 yards and rushed for 317 yards through 4 high school games. Mitchell has also shown great leadership with his teammates and in the huddle. Badger fans - does he remind you of anyone? Maybe someone who was on the 2011 squad?? Hmmm... This would obviously add to an already strong 2013 class and I imagine the Badgers will put on a full court press with Mitchell in town this weekend.
RB Alex Collins (2013): 5'11", 180 lbs - South Plantation, FL
As mentioned in my 2013 recruiting needs post earlier, the Badgers are heavily recruiting RBs David Williams, Corey Clement and Collins. It was announced earlier this week that Collins is making an official visit to Madison this weekend as well. Already committed to Miami, Collins opened up his recruitment as well due to Miami's unresolved situation with the NCAA. If the Badgers can get one of these RB studs to commit, we're looking at a loaded backfield for the Badgers for the next 4-5 years.
Collins has been putting up great numbers in Florida so far this season. He has 632 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns on 64 carries (9.8 yards per carry) through only 3 games so far this season. Pretty nice numbers for an RB in Florida. Another commit for the Badgers by an RB like Collins could make the 2013 class one of the strongest to date for Wisconsin.
Check back here next Friday for more on Wisconsin football recruiting!