The Class of 2016 for the Wisconsin Badgers sits currently at 21 known verbal commits, but as head coach Paul Chryst and his coaching staff look to lock down recruits for next year, they've already started looking to 2017.
The Badgers offered two juniors this past week, including one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the nation and another talented linebacker from Indiana.
Norcross, Ga. (Greater Atlanta Christian School) quarterback Davis Mills tweeted on Saturday morning that he received an offer from the Badgers. Chryst saw Mills in the greater Atlanta area during Wisconsin's bye week. The 6'2.5, 188-pound prospect is a four-star recruit, the No. 104-ranked prospect in the class and the No. 6 pro-style quarterback by 247Sports composite rankings. He's ranked as the No. 97 overall player according to Scout.com, and Rivals.com named him the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the nation currently in the class.
He's received offers from a list of impressive programs, including Michigan, Stanford, Ole Miss and UCLA. According to Maxpreps.com, Mills has completed over 60 percent of his passes through 11 games this season for 2,112 yards and 19 touchdowns, with only five interceptions. He's also run for nine touchdowns on a 5.1 yards per carry clip.
Just received an offer from Wisconsin!! #GoBadgers— Davis Mills (@Millsions) November 21, 2015
Wisconsin also offered Mount Vernon, Ind. (Cathedral) outside linebacker Pete Werner on Saturday, he announced on Twitter. Werner's ranked as a four-star prospect by 247Sports, though unranked yet by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. He's received offers from Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Purdue and Northwestern. The Commodores and Badgers both offered this past weekend.
Grateful to have received an offer from the University of Wisconsin! Had a great visit! pic.twitter.com/lDhJ4ETcde— Pete Werner (@petewerner23) November 22, 2015
The 6'4, 215-pound recruit visited Wisconsin on Saturday, and came away impressed per his conversation with Scout.com's Allen Trieu:
"The trip to Madison was great. Madison is a cool city, and the fans love the football team. The academic reputation of a school is as important to me as the football program, and I saw in an article that Wisconsin is ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten academically. I took a tour of the facilities and could see that they take very good care of their football players on the field and in the classroom. I was impressed."