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Wisconsin football recruiting: Badgers offer J.J. Givens; top 2017 prospect visiting UW

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It's poaching season, plus there's at least one intriguing visitor for this weekend and next month

Looks like defensive end prospect Thomas Schaffer is set to vist UW
Looks like defensive end prospect Thomas Schaffer is set to vist UW
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There hasn't been real movement on the running back front since last week, which is the recruiting news that most people are interested in. Four-star talent George Hill isn't committed to Michigan State. The Hubbard, Ohio prospect is definitely still a heavy Spartan lean, but the Badgers are definitely going to do their level best to make this a race.

New Offers

J.J. Givens: While South Carolina does offer a potential running back option in three-star commit C.J. Freeman, the Badgers first move off of the Gamecocks commit list is on the other side of the ball when they offered Givens Wednesday. While Givens is listed as a safety, the Mechanicsville, Va., three-star prospect has the physical gifts to become a certified G and a bonafide stud at cornerback as you can't teach a corner 6'2 with that kind of foot quickness and closing speed. But while Givens has wavered, other schools have noticed that he's got all the upside. The Badgers would be in a battle with Arizona State and Clemson as well as the school he's actually committed too.

Parnell Motley: Another really good athlete in a situation where coaching flux has left an opening, Motley is a Washington D.C. (Woodson) athlete that would be one of four commitments for Maryland at wide receiver ( and have him listed as a cornerback). Offered by the Badgers on Thursday, he's a 6'1, 180 pound prospect with a Hudl-reported 4.41 40-yard dash time. He tracks the ball well and uses his hands to pluck the ball out of the air too. You wonder what position the Badgers are recruiting Motley at as he could have a future as a cornerback or a wide receiver. But he's definitely an athlete worthy of a flip attempt.

Future Visits

Thomas Schaffer: The Badgers look like they're going to get the closing at bat for the man-sized defensive end from Lake Forest, Ill. Schaffer will be visiting Oregon and Stanford on the first two Saturdays in November. The Badgers would get him on November 21 ($). The Badgers trail in terms of perception, but you've seen the Badgers make a strong closing statement for several good prospects when it came down to it. It would be a victory if the Badgers were to get the commitment here, but it wouldn't be an outright upset.

The Most Interesting Visitor of the Week

The goal of this week was to get Katy, Tex. running back Kyle Porter on campus. After all, he had a game yesterday and the Badgers need for a running back is well known. But as I write this, there is no word on Porter. As such, we're looking at a 2017 prospect as the most interesting.

Corey Malone-Hatcher: History has not been kind for the Badgers in terms of grabbing prospects from Michigan. Especially prospects that have high interest and offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Oklahoma, among others. With that said, Malone-Hatcher is paying his way to visit Madison with a couple of teammates. And when you have someone who is as physically gifted as Malone-Hatcher who's at the very least willing to listen, you have to make the pitch.

Dallas Jeanty on BadgerNation podcast

The three-star inside linebacker joined for a chat about committing to Wisconsin and his story. Definitely worth the listen.