I know I may not sound like it, but I'm a man of the people. I understand that while my writing may be brilliant, reading two thousand and some odd words on recruits that have received offers might not be the most enjoyable of experiences. Therefore, we're giving you a second day of OfferMania. It's a day in which we leave the Sunshine State and go look at prospects both local and national. You're likely going to find something you like, as well as future Badgers here.
We'll start with a local prospect who might be more known in the state for another sport.
OLB Mason Stokke
6'3, 205 lbs.
Like Alec Ingold, a part of Stokke's skill set is his ability on the wrestling mats. He went 44-0 last season and was the Division One state champion on the wrestling mats, so toughness and leverage skills will be there on the football field.
Iowa was the favorite before he got that in-state offer from Wisconsin, and the Hawkeyes are still in play. But if the Badgers want Stokke bad enough, they can definitely get him.
S Deontay Anderson
6'1, 192 lbs.
Lest you think the Badgers are just scouting under rocks and crannies, Deontay Anderson received an offer Sunday. He's good. He's nearly five-star good. If you're looking at his offer sheet, the Badgers came into this one, shall we say, a little late.
With that said, this is a situation where the Badgers have their best recruiters on the case, as we're in wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore's territory and secondary coach Daronte Jones is one that does a lot of work. I wouldn't put it past them to get in the conversation here, but anything beyond that would probably be roughly equivalent to hitting a runner-runner. Still, if you all put your "one time" in on that basketball man who went east, it remains valid for Anderson.
DT Karamo Dioubate
6'3, 279 lbs.
Philadelphia, Pa. (Prep Charter)
Dioubate is a solid four-star defensive tackle who was already the subject of a recruiting battle between Ohio State and Penn State. While he would be a spectacular addition as a defensive end, his Hudl profile provides no reason to believe that either side is just kidding here. Dioubate's a talent and the Badgers came late. For special teams coach Chris Haering, who would be the primary recruiter in this case, even getting into the discussion here might be a coup.
ILB Griffin Grady
6'2, 205 lbs.
Dublin, Ohio (Dublin Coffman)
You see Grady, and his tape sneaks up on you. He's an unranked prospect that looks like he's a good blitzer, and then he suddenly jumps a route in pass coverage. He shows he has good run support, and then he runs with the tight end in coverage. He's definitely got that sleeper streak to him.
You can understand why the Badgers offered Monday. As it goes, Wisconsin has Kentucky, Northwestern and Pittsburgh to contend with as his best offer. He definitely looks like a fit for what a Dave Aranda defense wants to do.
DT Mike Panasiuk
6'3, 285 lbs.
Roselle, Ill. (Lake Park)
Ironically enough, last weekend's unofficial visitor list proved to be more important than merely showing Austin Andrews the campus. Both Grady and Panasiuk were on campus Sunday and received offers Monday.
For Panasiuk, his Hudl profile gives you three major strengths. He's strong, strong enough where he can maul a defender back when he gets low. That also means he can hold up at the point of attack. Plus,he's got good lateral agility for carrying almost three bills. When he sees a screen develop, he knows how to and can disrupt it. Panasiuk isn't a prospect the Badgers will get a commitment by Fiat for. Penn State is definitely in play.
So what did we learn from this series of offers? For one, the scouting in Florida has unearthed a lot of attainable and intriguing athletes who could help bolster most likely the secondary. For two, the Badgers are likely going to look to build out the defense in the upcoming months as the offers come out and the commits come in. For three, it's looking like the Badgers are looking at a class of prospects that won't get killed by the reasons.
There are heady times ahead in the run-up to National Signing Day. Indeed, the roller coaster's going up again.