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Wisconsin football recruiting: Eric Burrell plans summer visits, including Badgers

Talking the state of play on the Badgers' top safety target.

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I know that the Wisconsin Badgers are going to have a commitment run coming soon. Luke Benzschawel still remains their last commitment, and unless there's a surprise, the Badgers might get out of May without a commitment.

Safety Cycoby Burch was willing, but the Badgers couldn't take him.  With camps and an array of unofficial visits coming with the end of the school year, however, big doings will be happening.

The safety position is going to be one where the Badgers look to grab multiple prospects to help fill the needs for next season, and the top target at present is Owings Mills (McDonogh), Md., prospect Eric Burrell. Burrell is a 247Sports composite four-star recruit and will be visiting Madison on June 18. He announced that visit, along with the rest of his travel plans for the next couple of weeks, on Twitter Monday night.

Right now, the visit you have to concern yourself here with is Duke on June 7. Burrell has said the current race for him was between the Badgers and the Blue Devils. For all the jokes about how Duke spends most of its athletic budget on bribing basketball officials, it is nevertheless a quality academic program with a currently solid football pedigree. I'm not saying Wisconsin is going to get the door shut here, but there's always an outside chance of the strange in recruiting -- even with a planned eight-school tour.

That said, I wouldn't put it past the Badgers to grab themselves a safety commitment before we see Burrell get on campus. Three-star Pickerington, Ohio, recruit Seth Currens is set to visit Wisconsin this weekend ($), and currently unranked Demascus, Md., prospect Jake Funk is set to visit Madison for the camp on June 7. Add in that two-thirds of the Katy, Texas, trio of offers are also potential safety prospects, and the safety board might become merely a focus on Burrell.

What would the Badgers get in Burrell? A prospect with a nose for the ball as both a centerfielder in pass coverage and someone who has the will to get up and make plays in run support. He's listed at 5'11, 170 pounds, but he definitely plays bigger. There are going to be some openings at safety next year, and someone with his athleticism, toughness and smarts could definitely get time quickly.