These posts become more enjoyable to write as Gary Andersen and his staff continue to work their magic on the recruiting trail. This week, that magic came in the form of quarterback D.J. Gillins. There's been quite a bit of excitement following the commitment of the four-star quarterback, and for good reason. Gillins is ranked as the second-best dual-threat quarterback and 127th-best overall recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports. On top of that, Gillins is already saying he plans to help recruit a supporting cast of receivers and tight ends for UW's 2014 class.
If you haven't checked it out by now, our own Andrew Rosin put up a nice recap (including noteworthy tweets) on Gillins' commitment a couple days ago. Additionally, we learned Tuesday that Gillins will graduate high school in December and enroll early at UW for the spring semester.
Besides Gillins' commitment, the Badgers also shelled out a few more offers this week. Although Paramus (Paramus Catholic), N.J., offensive guard Billy Ray Mitchell had already committed to Virginia Tech just four days prior, UW offered the three-star recruit on July 6. Three-star Everett, Mass., safety Lubern Figaro also received an offer from the Badgers, and if that area sounds familiar it's because 2013 commit Jakarrie Washington hails from there.
There had also been strong indications for quite some time that three-star Cincinnati, (Mariemont), Ohio, offensive tackle Jon Bezney would wind up a Badger. However, it now appears Bezney will very likely pass up Wisconsin and Vanderbilt -- previously recognized as the frontrunners -- in favor of an Ivy League school.
Wisconsin also made the top fives of a couple more recruits:
S, Andre Godfrey (Hollywood, Fla.)
Top five: Wisconsin, Louisville, N.C. State, South Florida and Syracuse
CB, Deion Hallmon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Top five: Wisconsin, Florida State, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia
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