First it was David Edwards committing to Wisconsin capping the Badgers' lengthy pursuit of a highly regarded prospect. Now UW's Wednesday gets even better as Loganville (Grayson), Georgia, outside linebacker Mohamed Barry has finally pulled the trigger and become the 15th member of Wisconsin's class of 2015.
We'll forgive the apparent misspelling of "Badger Nation" considering Barry was, quite evidently, stoked by the culmination of his recruiting process. Considered a three-star linebacker and ranked No. 81 among the country's linebackers by 247 Sports' composite rankings, Barry's been on Wisconsin's radar since UW offered on April 22. The Badgers seemed like the favorites to land the 6'1, 200-pound linebacker for much of the time since, though Syracuse did linger as the main competition. In fact, Barry was expected to visit the Orange next week after leaving Wisconsin's camp last weekend without a commitment.
Another reason (not that anyone needs one) to forgive "#BradgerNation"? This pretty awesome quote, to Badger247.
"If there's another school anything better than Wisconsin, it must be a crazy school," he said.
Aside from Syracuse, Barry also sported offers from Marshall, N.C. State, South Florida, Wake Forest and others. Running backs coach and head Georgia recruiter Thomas Brown gets the credit for this commit, with an assist from defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
Barry's an active defender, which is evident in his Hudl tape. Also of importance: Barry continues Wisconsin's string of success in Georgia, due in large part to Brown's efforts. Barry joins two incoming 2014 recruits from the Peach State: wide receiver Krenwick Sanders and defensive tackle Jeremy Patterson.
The Badgers might not be done at linebacker, either. Nick Thomas and Chris Orr have already committed, but both are expected to play inside. Furthermore, a look at Wisconsin's scholarship grid shows seven seniors bound to depart the program within the next two years: seniors Derek Landisch, Marcus Trotter, Josh Harrison and Sherard Cadogan, plus juniors Mike Caputo, Joe Schobert and Jesse Hayes. The cupboards aren't bare, however; sophomores Vince Biegel and Leon Jacobs are stars in the making, and incoming freshman T.J. Edwards holds promise as well.
As for remaining linebacker targets, the Badgers have been chasing four-star prospects Porter Gustin and Osa Masina, as well as three-stars Jahvoni Simmons and Dominic Sheppard. Of that bunch, the Badgers might have the greatest shots at Masina and Sheppard, though this staff has proven an impressive ability to close and bring in highly regarded talent.
One last bonus, for now: Barry very well could help the Badgers land another Georgia defender, three-star cornerback Duke Shelley.