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WISCruiting Weekly: April 17, 2013

What's happened in Wisconsin recruiting over the past week?


We're bringing back a weekly piece in which I'll recap everything in Wisconsin recruiting from the past week. Feel free to comment and make suggestions if there's anything you don't care for or something new you'd like to see in the WISCruiting Weekly.

With that being said, lets dive right in...


The Badgers fell one spot in 247Sports' national recruiting rankings, dropping to 19th nationally. As of now, the Badgers have four commits, with Craig Evans still hanging in the balance (see below).

-- Most sites still don't have national rankings out yet for 2014 recruiting classes, but for some perspective, ranked UW 33rd nationally for the 17 commits it brought in for the 2013 class. It's still extremely early in the recruiting process, though, so don't read too much into rankings. And as we're well aware, these rankings aren't necessarily as relevant for schools like UW who put more emphasis on the development of two- and three-star recruits.


Remember the big news when local talent, defensive tackle Craig Evans of Sun Prairie, decommitted from Wisconsin after Bret Bielema's departure in December? Well, Evans has verbally reaffirmed his commitment to the Badgers (subscription required).

Per Badger247, Evans talked about his latest move:

"They were happy," Evans told Badger247 Monday night. "They were happy to know that a big in-state recruit like myself isn't going anywhere. It's a big weight off their shoulders. It's a big weight off my shoulders. They know I'm committed to them. That's not a worry to them anymore."

But while it may sound like Evans a done deal now, he certainly isn't. Evans still plans on exploring other options like Michigan State, Georgia and Ole Miss. Evan Flood of Badger247 called Evans a soft commit, so although it may sound like a reassuring move, Evans still hasn't made up his mind.


Cornerback Troy Vincent Jr., the son of the former Badger great, has already received offers from 15 schools, but it appears Wisconsin is on the top of his list. The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Vincent from Rockville, Md., is also "warm" on Maryland and Pittsburgh, as well. UW coaches Ben Strickland and Thomas Hammock are currently recruiting Vincent, who is making an unofficial visit to Madison this Saturday for the spring game.

Rivals, Scout and 247Sports all rank Vincent as a four-star recruit.

And for what it's worth, 247Sports Director of Recruiting JC Shurbertt predicted on April 1 that Vincent will eventually commit to the Badgers.

IN CLOSING: Words from transfer quarterback Tanner McEvoy, who is set to join the Badgers in June (courtesy of Flood).

Regarding the UW coaching staff:

"We talk pretty frequently," McEvoy said. "Every week or so. We're just trying to get me best prepared as I can before I get down there. They haven't really told me much about the quarterback battle. I guess I'll just kind of walk into it and join the battle."

Regarding his decision to join Wisconsin:

"When I was making my decision to go to school, I had it in my mind that wherever I went to school, I wanted to start the day I got there. My mentality coming in is to learn the offense as fast as I can and just compete every day. Hopefully in the short amount of time that I've got, I can get on the field."