In a bit of an overnight surprise, Wisconsin landed its first running back commitment of 2015, and suffice it to say, there's a bit of a foothold forming. According to Badger247, Missouri City (Fort Bend Marshall), Texas, running back Davon Crookshank committed to the Badgers on Sunday.
He wasn't a prospect who garnered much mention; in fact, the only mention received on our site was in a class projection fanshot from BlackPack-fan. But even then, the most written about Crookshank was that he was "a Texas guy." But this isn't the day where we can just look at the fact that dudes from the Lone Star State are rolling up north and saying "Madison is the place for us." This isn't June. Why should we dare be excited about Crookshank?
For one thing, he does have track speed, making state in the 5A 4x100 M relay. For another thing, you can add that good speed to a pretty interesting Hudl profile. It shows a back who can clearly get to the corner and outrun some defenders when he gets to the second and third level, but it also shows a back who's willing to run hard and will fall forward when tackled. He also breaks a surprising amount of tackles for someone whose grown into a 5'10, 190-pound running back.
Suffice it to say, there's a reason why he's received offers from Baylor and quality mid-major programs like Fresno State and Houston. But while Crookshank is a good talent, the Badgers are likely still looking to add a second back to this class. Texas commit Jordan Stevenson, Mon Denson and Michael Weber likely rank at the top of the board.
Crookshank was recruited by wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Beatty, as well as running backs coach Thomas Brown. According to 247Sports' composite team rankings, Wisconsin's 2015 class ranks 25th in the country and fourth in the Big Ten.