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National Signing Day 2016: TE Jake Hescock signs with Wisconsin

For National Signing Day we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including TE Jake Hescock from Salisbury, Conn. Stay tuned to B5Q all week for more coverage of Badger football's 2016 class.

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Class Position Height Weight
2016 TE 6'7 235 lbs.
School Composite Ranking
Salisbury School (CT) 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit No. 34 TE

Jake Hescock is another small forward-sized tight end for the Badgers, joining the equally large David Edwards and Troy Fumagalli. Hescock is one of the top players in the northeast and is able to use his impressive height to catch the ball away from his body and shield defenders from breaking up passes. He is a plus blocker as well. His frame also leaves room to add 10-15 pounds while working in a college weight program.

Rankings

Rivals3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit; No. 39 TE; No. 4 Connecticut

ESPN: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit; Grade: 74; No. 30 TE; No. 125 Regional; No. 5 Connecticut

247: 4 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit; Grade: 90; No. 15 TE; No. 1 Connecticut

Scout3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit; No. 44 TE; No. 8 Regional TE; No. 2 Connecticut TE

Verbally committed June 26, 2015

Hescock committed last June as the Badgers' seventh commit in the month of June alone. The Badgers were able to beat out Florida, Pitt, UConn, Temple, Wake Forest and Old Dominion for Hescock's services. Boston College and Syracuse were also sniffing around Hescock but never offered the massive tight end.

His commitment capped off a great run on the recruiting trail for the Badgers that included signing top in-state lineman Cole Van Lanen.

Video highlights

Statistics

Senior: 9 receptions, 99 yards

Junior: 11 receptions, 130 yards, 1 touchdown

Sophomore: 3 receptions, 20 yards

Awards

Senior: The Edward R. Childs Football Award: given to the player who best exemplifies the Salisbury spirit; All-Erickson League team; All-Erickson League Co-Defensive Player of the Year; All-New England Offensive/Defensive Lineman of the Year; unrelated to football, but Hescock was also school president (LEADERSHIP QUALITIES!)