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Wisconsin football recruiting: Big weekend looms with Ohio State coming to Madison

As you’d expect, a night game vs. Ohio State has the makings of a major recruiting weekend for Wisconsin.

Jonathan Taylor
Student Sports

A game under the lights at Camp Randall Stadium is a sure bet to get Wisconsin Badgers fans excited no matter the opponent. A primetime game against Ohio State is must-see material.

As the two top-10 teams square off, the Badgers are looking to knock off Ohio State for the first time since 2010. The impact of this game, however, could very well go beyond this season, as the Badgers have a massive recruiting weekend planned.

According to’s Jon McNamara, non-verbally committed prospects expected to be visiting Madison include the following:

2017 Official Visitors

Jonathan Taylor: The three-star Rutgers commit is a running back Wisconsin seems to have set its sites on as of late. Taylor possesses the type of elite athleticism Wisconsin would love to add to the roster.

Height: 5’11
Weight: 211 lbs.
High school: Salem (Salem, N.J.)
40-yard dash: 4.42 (via Hudl)
Status: Rutgers commit (May 1, 2016)

247Sports composite: 3 stars, No. 545 overall, No. 31 RB, No. 12 N.J.
247Sports: 3 stars, No. 378 overall, No. 27 RB, No. 8 N.J.
Rivals: 3 stars
Scout: 3 stars, No. 40 RB, No. 5 East RB, No. 1 N.J. RB

Faion Hicks: Hicks is a three-star corner out of Florida who very much appears to be a lean. Recent quotes indicate that a commitment to Wisconsin could be in the very near future (assuming there are spots available).

Height: 5’10
Weight: 176 lbs.
High school: Charles W. Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
40-yard dash: 4.57 (via Hudl)
Nike Football Rating: 88.8
Status: Uncommitted (16 offers including Wisconsin, Iowa State, Western Kentucky)

247Sports composite: 3 stars, No. 1,411 overall, No. 147 CB, No. 202 Fla.
247Sports: 2 stars, No. 1,823 overall, No. 188 CB, No. 277 Fla.
Rivals: 3 stars
Scout: N/A

Jaylen Kelly-Powell: Powell is a four-star safety from Michigan and a top-tier talent. While it may be a long shot for Wisconsin to gain a commitment here, stranger things have happened and you always have a chance when a player comes to Madison on an official visit.

Height: 6’0
Weight: 180 lbs.
High school: Cass Technical (Detroit, Mich.)
40-yard dash: 4.49 (via Hudl)
Status: Uncommitted (42 offers, including Michigan, Alabama, Nebraska, Oregon, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wisconsin)

247Sports composite: 4 stars, No. 257 overall, No. 20 S, No. 4 Mich.
247Sports: 4 stars, No. 145 overall, No. 16 S, No. 3 Mich.
Rivals: 3 stars
Scout: 4 stars, No. 269 overall, No. 23 S, No. 1 Midwest S, No. 1 Mich. S

2018 Unofficial Visitors

QB Ben Bryant

CB Montrae Braswell

DB Kalon Gervin: While the Badgers haven’t found much success with high-profile players from Cass Tech, Gervin, a four-star defensive back, will be taking his second trip to Madison this year.

DB Trent Ingalls

DE Malik Vann

LB C.J. Goetz

LB Jack Sanborn: The three-star inside linebacker from Lake Zurich, Ill., was offered by Wisconsin last week.

LB DeAndre Square: A borderline four-star who’s being recruited as an outside linebacker, Square is teammates with Gervin at Cass Tech.

ATH Quavian White

2019 Prospects

ATH (RB/LB) Jaren Mangham

ATH (CB/WR) Xavier Goldsmith