Wisconsin is preparing for its final home game of the season on Saturday, when they take on No. 6 Ohio State. With every big game comes big-time recruiting, and with many top prospects planning to attend the game, it should become clear over the next few weeks exactly who will be coming to Madison next fall.
Safety Tyler Foreman (Class of 2013): 6-foot-2, 190 lbs. – Encino, California
As some of you may have heard, Tyler Foreman, the 3/4 star safety out of California was expected to make an announcement tomorrow, finalizing whether he was heading to either Oklahoma or Wisconsin. According to 247sports.com as well as Rivals.com, Foreman committed to the Badgers on Tuesday, but is still expected to make the "official announcement" tomorrow.
WR Dominique Booth (Class of 2014): 6-foot-1, 195 lbs. – Indianapolis, Indiana
The four-star recruit is visiting the Wisconsin campus this Saturday, and already visited Michigan State at the end of September. Being a four-star recruit means that Booth has a lot of offers on the table, including Cal, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Purdue and, of course, Wisconsin. So to say that the visit to Madison this weekend is important is an understatement, because with so many other offers on the table it’s clear that if Booth doesn’t like what he sees in Wisconsin, there are plenty of other schools out there that are ready to bring him in.
In Booth’s sophomore and junior years he’s combined for 113 receptions for 1,438 yards and 18 touchdowns. He’s also averaged almost 13 yards per reception over those two seasons.
There are six other recruits that are visiting Madison today:
OT David Kneval (Class of 2013): 6-foot-8, 290 lbs. - Brantford, Ontario (3/4 stars)
Offers: Nebraska, Purdue, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Toledo, Baylor, Missouri, UNLV, Vanderbilt, Virginia.
When you’re 6-foot-8 like OT David Kneval, it’s easy to note his presence on the field. But when you see video of him on the field… you really see where he is. Whether he’s blocking for an inside run or heading to the outside, his head is up and looking downfield, ready to stick the next defender to challenge him. With the importance of the running game in the Wisconsin system, it’s key to find big, imposing tackles that are going to not only be able to dig in the trenches, but be able to open the field up for future running backs, as well.
CB Cameron Walker (Class of 2013): 5-foot-10, 180 lbs. - Los Angeles, California (3 stars)
Offers: Boise State, Cal, Wisconsin, Arizona, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Fresno State, Michigan, Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford, Utah, Washington.
One of the more impressive things I saw from Walker was his special teams play. Watching his high school football highlights, his ability to not only shake tacklers but also cut inside and out -- similar to a running back -- was noticeable.
On the defensive side of the ball, Walker not only was able to match up with larger receivers by using some solid hand checking at the line of scrimmage, but he also had the speed to stay tight on a deep route, or get to the backfield in a hurry to stop a running play in the backffield.
The ability to get to the ball and to have good field presence is something that if taught in high school football can help speed up a player's development in college.
OLB Skai Moore (Class of 2013): 6-foot-2, 210 lbs. – Fort Lauderdale, Florida (3 stars)
Offers: Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Marshall, Ole Miss, South Florida, Texas A&M, West Virginia
The first play that I saw of Skai Moore was a pick-six -- it can’t get much more impressive than that. Moore read the quarterback's eyes on a slant route, stepped in front of the receiver and took the ball to the endzone for a touchdown. Isn’t that exactly what you want out of a linebacker?
But while the glamour play may be the interception, the more impressive plays were the ones to follow. Play after play, Skai continues to shoot the gap, avoid offensive linemen and either get to the quarterback or running back in the backfield. His ability to find the ball carrier on a consistent basis really was impressive, and his technique of wrapping up the ball carrier and not always going for the big hit is what you want to see.
ATH Marcus Ball (Class of 2013): 6-foot-3, 205 lbs. – Westerville, Ohio (3 stars)
Offers: Wisconsin, Arizona State, Illinois, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Boston College, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, N.C. State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, West Virginia, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Kent State, UMASS, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Toledo.
CB Boaz Joseph (Class of 2013): 6-foot-1, 190 lbs. – Weston, Florida (3 stars)
Offers: Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Purdue, Wisconsin, Bowling Green, Memphis, Minnesota, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse.
S Tiquention Coleman (Junior College Transfer): 5-foot-10, 200 lbs. – Milledgeville, Georgia
Offers: Wisconsin, Arizona, Charlotte, Georgia Southern, Memphis.
While some of the highlights on Tiquention Coleman’s video were of him making great plays, there were also some gift-wrapped interceptions, as well. One of the things that Coleman was able to do well, however, was his ability to not get beat on a route. It appeared that whether he was in zone or man-to-man, he always knew his assignment. Even when the ball was thrown to the other side of the field, the hustle that Coleman showed to get there is what you want to see from a JUCO player transferring to a FBS school.