Things remain quiet on the recruiting front for Wisconsin, though incremental progress with a variety of progress could bring the Badgers more commitments before long. Perhaps that's too much of a tease; the more likely resolution seems to be commitments coming in the fall, once official visits continue and such. Until then, we'll stick to a twice-weekly schedule with these recruiting notebooks -- barring, of course, any breaking news.
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A.J. Alexander: The 6'4, three-star wide receiver from Virginia (Lake Braddock) would be a huge coup for UW. He now has a visit to Madison scheduled for later this month, and Wisconsin is believed to be among the top three leaders along with North Carolina and Ohio State.
Javarius Davis: The three-star athlete from Jacksonville, Florida, is a North Carolina commit, though he indicated again on Monday that his commitment is open.
My commitment to #UNC is "solid", but I am keeping my options "open".— javarius Davis (@javariusdavis1) July 14, 2014
Various reports indicate Wisconsin hasn't stopped recruiting Davis as a cornerback, and things could get very interesting if they're able to land a visit from him in the fall.
Jordan Griffin: This three-star inside linebacker from Seffner, Florida, seems to really like Wisconsin. He has a visit to Madison scheduled for Sept. 27, earlier than expected in light of some interest from Boston College, FAU, Marshall and Purdue. Griffin's currently ranked No. 33 among 247Composite's inside linebackers, and 247 also has a paywalled feature ($) on him for those interested.
Osa Masina: We covered Masina's somewhat surprising continued interest in Wisconsin on Monday, and he's since risen to a five-star ranking from Scout. Rivals and 247 still have him as a four-star prospect, but at this point, the difference seems slim. One last change, for whatever it's worth, Masina jumped from outside 247's Top 150 players to just inside the top 100 at No. 97, as Barton Simmons outlines in his The Opening recap.
Anthony McKee: Drew rounded up Wisconsin's interest in the four-star linebacker from Columbus, Ohio, on Monday. Badger247's Evan Flood followed up with a feature on McKee ($), who recently included Wisconsin in his top 10. It sounds like McKee will take his time to decide, particularly after taking trips to Michigan State and potentially a variety of other schools.
Kevin Thomas: Thomas, a four-star linebacker from DeSoto, Texas, is a teammate of Wisconsin commit Chris Orr. Thomas listed the Badgers in his top five, but committed to Kansas on Tuesday.
Semisi Uluave: With Wisconsin in Uluave's top five, Badgers fans should keep a closer eye on the the 6'5, 315-pound tackle from Hawaii. Uluave tweeted Thursday that he'll begin physical therapy on Friday for a previous labrum injury:
Post labrum surgery: its been 4 weeks. 2morrow i start physical therapy. and i am THAT much closer to being at full strength #BeReady— Semisi Uluave (@suluave15) July 17, 2014
Ty'Son Williams: The four-star South Carolina running back might be moving on from Wisconsin. His 247Sports Crystal Ball currently reads 59 percent in favor of the Gamecocks, with Georgia second at 18 percent. Rivals has more on Williams' recruitment; essentially, geography seems to be the primary factor here, as Williams has narrowed his leaders to North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. He decided not to visit Notre Dame, a previous leader for his commitment, and plans to make a decision before his senior season begins in late August. Wisconsin should be OK at running back if that's the case; for one, some believe ($) the Badgers aren't totally out of the race here. Also, the Badgers still have Detroit (Cass Tech) running back Michael Weber high up on their board, while Georgia (Lagrange) back Mon Denson and Arkansas (White Hall) back Tim Cook could be more attainable.
Juan Harris: "As a freshman, Harris had four sacks and three forced fumbles. He runs the 40-yard dash in 5.2 seconds. Harris benches 405 pounds and squats 705 pounds." That's from this 247 story on Juan Harris, a 2017 defensive tackle from Niles, Illinois. Sure sounds enticing, right? Wisconsin, Utah and Virginia are the current leaders, though this is still very, very early in the process. Harris has been to Madison twice, per 247, but he also has his eyes on a variety of SEC schools. You can check out his Hudl highlights below; as you'll see, he also plays guard at Niles.
Devon Hunter: Wisconsin offered the 2017 athlete from Chesapeake, Virginia, on Wednesday. Hunter's listed at 6'3, 209 pounds and is a dual-threat quarterback at Indian River High, but he's widely projected to play wide receiver or safety in college. You can view his Hudl highlights right here.