After a weekend that lived up to some hefty expectations, Wisconsin moves into the dead period of summer following its two camps. In case you missed the news, the Badgers landed four commits over the weekend, and five if you count Thursday as part of the weekend. That is the college mindset anyway, right?
Moving forward, things could be quiet until official visits pick up in the fall. But Wisconsin remains very close to receiving a few more commitments from targets it's been chasing for a while, and things could pick up at any given time. Let's see where the areas of intrigue are as July creeps closer.
Catching up with...
Mohamed Barry: After visiting Madison this past weekend, the three-star Georgia linebacker is apparently on the brink of committing ($).
All I can say is wow! Till the next time Madison ❤️ pic.twitter.com/NX689s1D5Y— Mohamed Barry (@BarrySwavey) June 17, 2014
Barry's done some other interviews ($) in which he echoes a similar sentiment: he was close to committing, but didn't want to make a choice out of haste. Syracuse is the other school giving Wisconsin a run for its money, while N.C. State, South Florida and Wake Forest have also offered, among others. UPDATE: Barry committed to Wisconsin Wednesday night.
Richard Burney: Burney's a tight end prospect who could come in as a long snapper, earn his first playing time that way before switching over to offense. At 6'5, 235 pounds, the Chesapeake, Virginia, product also has the size to play defensive end. Virginia offered him on Tuesday, and that'll certainly make this chase tougher for Wisconsin. Several other ACC schools are also after Bruney.
David Edwards: The four-star tight end/athlete had a nice showing at camp this weekend, and 247 Sports' Crystal Ball predictions have since trended more toward Wisconsin. Perhaps the Badgers are still in the lead, but Iowa also remains in the picture and it's believed Edwards would like to visit the Hawkeyes as well. This is one race to keep watching especially closely. UPDATE: Edwards committed to Wisconsin Wednesday afternoon.
Thiyo Lukusa: The 2016 four-star offensive tackle picked up an Ohio State offer over the weekend, and though Wisconwin as in early on him, it appears Lukusa is likely headed elsewhere.
Kyler Manu: The Boise State commit was also in Madison this weekend, though his recruitment is a bit harder to read. He, of course, remains committed to the Broncos, and Washington also is still pushing hard for the three-star linebacker. The Badgers have to decide if they'd take Manu over Barry, or vice versa, or simply take both if possible. With Nate Howard, Nick Thomas and Chris Orr already in the fold, the Badgers are close to being set at linebacker, particularly on the outside. The Barry/Manu decision could come down to whomever commits first, unless, again, UW decides to take both.
Duke Shelley: The three-star cornerback enjoyed his visit ($) to Madison this weekend, though no commitment has come through yet. We've talked about Shelley as an idea Gary Andersen corner; he's short (only 5'8), but he's fast, quick and doesn't back down from a challenge. Clemson and Tennessee are considered Wisconsin's primary competition here, so perhaps Shelly is waiting on additional visits to one or both of those schools before deciding.
Omari Stringer: We had Stringer on commit watch this past weekend, though that didn't come to fruition. The three-star safety released a top seven on Tuesday, and Wisconsin's in there, according to 247. Still, his Crystal Band is trending toward Minnesota, to whom Stringer has been giving plenty of love to after visiting last weekend.
ATH/WR Isaac James
5'11, 180 lbs.
A versatile athlete from Indiana, Isaac James has been connected to Wisconsin for a while now. The Badgers offered on May 9, but not much as been heard from him since. James continues to take visits (Louisville, Ohio State and Indiana are the latest), but his Crystal Ball remains heavily toward Wisconsin. Still, it may be too early to draw conclusions here. You can take a look at his Hudl highlights below; he's listed there with an enticing 40-yard dash time of 4.40 seconds.
RB Devine Ozigbo
5'11, 230 lbs.
We've actually mentioned Devine Ozigbo, but not in a while. He was at the bottom of our post-spring board, and we later mentioned him as a running back that could fill one of the Badgers' final spots at the position. UW's recent inroads into Texas could help here, though competition exists in the form of Boise State and Iowa. More broadly, Ozigbo also has Boston College, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi State in his top eight along with Boise State, Iowa and Wisconsin. Miami was previously believed to be in contention, but they were omitted from that list of eight. At 230 pounds, Ozigbo's a thumper; one look at his Hudl profile shows just how tough he is to bring down.
This list isn't entirely thorough, but here's what we gather from poking around the Internet and Twitter.
Antonio Williams: A 2016 UNC commit.