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Wisconsin football recruiting: Duke Shelley, Tre Lamar highlight new visits; more offers made

The Badgers' efforts in Georgia and surrounding Southeastern areas appear to be at their apex. Will the hard work from Thomas Brown & co. pay off?

Tucker, Ga., cornerback Duke Shelley.
Tucker, Ga., cornerback Duke Shelley.
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New faces

Duke Shelley: Wisconsin's efforts in Georgia continue to reach new heights, as three-star Tucker cornerback Duke Shelley tells 247 Sports ($) he will visit Madison the second week of June. Shelley hails from the same high school as UW running backs coach Thomas Brown, and that connection's naturally paid dividends for the Badgers. Per the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Shelley scored eight touchdowns on defense last season: three off interceptions, four on kickoffs and one on a punt. He also scored three on offense, and is unsurprisingly one of the AJC's top 10 Georgia defensive backs entering this season.

Interestingly enough, there were reports that Shelley had committed to Tennessee that have since been labeled a "miscommunication." SB Nation's Adam Jacobi addressed this weird situation back in February:

At issue is allegedly Shelley's size; he was reportedly measured at 5'8 at Tennessee's junior day, which can be a concern for coaches at the next level, and that's particularly frustrating because his athleticism, skills and drive are all unimpeachable. And it may be the case that Tennessee looks past the size and gives this commit a thumbs-up as of Tuesday anyway. But whenever there's a disparity between what a recruit thinks and his recruiter thinks, it's not a great sign.

Shelley later told the AJC that the miscommunication is "part of learning the recruiting process."

As Evan Flood points out in the link above, 2015 is shaping up to be a very, very good year at cornerback for Wisconsin. Tinkering with 247's offers database, you'll see that the Badgers have offered 41 cornerbacks -- way more than any other position (wide receiver is next at 27, followed by running backs at 25, outside linebackers at 23 and offensive tackles and safeties both at 21). Of those 41 corners, 247 lists 13 as having "warm" or better interest in Wisconsin, including Shelley and Monarch (Pompano Beach), Florida's Ronne Higgins, who's leaning heavily toward the Badgers.

Also, more props for frequent B5Q reader and commenter BlackPack-fan, who was pretty quick to identify Shelley as a likely target for Wisconsin.

Tre Lamar (2016): Wisconsin's first big visit of the summer ($) came from four-star Roswell, Georgia inside linebacker Tre Lamar on Monday. Lamar reportedly met with head coach Gary Andersen, and both parties came away impressed by the visit. The 247 composite No. 4 inside linebacker's Crystal Ball still reads 100 percent in favor of Alabama, but there's only two 247 predictions on record thus far. Good time for our first Third Eye Blind reference, or no? I'm writing this notebook pretty late following a flight back to Chicago that was delayed by three hours, so I'm all sorts of out touch. I'm also quite possibly not hip in the least bit, so... let's move on.

Omari Stringer: Wisconsin offered three-star Crete-Montee, Illinois safety Omari Stringer on Monday ($). Stringer expects to visit Madison in June and announce his college decision later in the summer, though UW's current competition consists of incumbent favorite Missouri, Minnesota, Bowling Green, UConn, New Mexico, Northern Illinois and a few other schools that the Badgers should be able to overcome.

Zack Bailey: The Badgers have offered another Southeastern prospect in Zack Bailey, a four-star 247 composite guard from Summerville, South Carolina. The Gamecocks are still widely expected to land Bailey.

Five Michigan prospects camping at Wisconsin

Headlined by UW commit David Moorman, five Michigan prospects will head to UW's camp the weekend of June 14. Most notable are a pair of Cass Tech teammates in running back Michael Weber and defensive lineman Joshua Alabi. The other two are campers are nothing to scoff at either: four-star offensive tackle Thiyo Lukusa and four-star, top-five athlete Brian Cole.

Will Wisconsin offer James Morgan?

That's a progressively interesting question, as the three-star Green Bay (Ashwaubenon), Wisconsin quarterback continues to draw interest from sizable programs. Wisconsin's yet to offer, and now Morgan has a visit planned to Minnesota. As Wisconsin continues to target mobile quarterbacks with more varied skill sets, interest in Morgan has seemed nothing more than peripheral at this point. Still, 6'4, 205-pound high school quarterbacks are hard to pass up, even if they've faced largely inferior competition to date. Morgan will camp in Madison June 15, so perhaps more will be known following that date. Until that date, this will be one of the more intriguing recruitments to follow.

Catching up with...

Javarius Davis: The three-star Jacksonville (Ed White), Florida athlete tweeted Monday that he will announce his college decision July 21. His top five currently consists of UNC, Clemson, Louisville, Maryland and Wisconsin with the Tar Heels currently drawing 60 percent of 247's Crystal Ball predictions.

Quentez Johnson: Another Georgia prospect, Quentez Johnson named Miami and Tennessee his favorites in a tweet highlighting his top eight schools Tuesday. The Badgers continue to recruit the three-star Ellenwood (Cedar Grove) defensive tackle, but they might be on the outside looking in here.

Rashard Causey: The Florida Atlantic commit and St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) prospect said he expects to visit Wisconsin sometime this summer. First, though, comes a trip to South Carolina next week. Causey is part of a promising bunch of STA offers from the Badgers, including top running back target Jordan Scarlett, fellow cornerback Damon Arnette and outside linebacker Chris Hart.

Marcus Holton: It's been nearly a month since we heard anything on Tallahassee Amos P. Godby), Florida cornerback Marcus Holton, but 247's Evan Flood is in prime contention for his commitment ($).

Daniel Fennell: Andrew announced this three-star inside linebacker as the "current prospect most likely to maintain Wisconsin's budding Georgia pipeline" back in his post-spring board in April, and now the Badgers are still in his top five ($)... though that list might not be concrete.