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National Signing Day 2016: RB Sam Brodner signs with Wisconsin

For National Signing Day we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including RB Sam Brodner from Glen Ellyn, Ill. Stay tuned to B5Q all week for more coverage of Badger football's 2016 class.

Student Sports
Class Position Height Weight
2016 RB
212 lbs.
School Composite Ranking
Glenbard West (Ill.)
3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit No. 53 RB

The Badgers struggled to get their guy at the running back position during this recruting cycle. It seems as if they got a hidden jewel with the addition of Sam Brodner. Shattering Illinois rushing records, Brodner rushed for 1,949 yards and scored 40 times on the ground during his senior season, showing an insane amount of production as a ball carrier. He also has displayed his ability as a pass catcher, hauling in seven touchdowns. Although small, with more advanced development Brodner can develop into a real thumper and stake his claim in the Badger's esteemed running back tradition.


ESPN: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit Grade-73; No. 95 RB; No. 30 Illinois

Scout: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit No. 28 RB, No. 1 RB in Illinois, No. 5 RB in Midwest

Rivals: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit No. 38 Illinois

247: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit No. 360 National, No. 15 RB, No. 9 Illinois

Committed January 24th, 2016

Brodner committed late in the process after he de-committed from Vanderbilt. He had offers from Syracuse, Illinois, Iowa, Vanderbilt and Wyoming. He visited Syracuse and was very intrigued with Iowa before ultimately choosing the Badgers. After losing out on premier recruit RB Antonio Williams, the Badgers also swung and miss on other top running back options. Brodner is way more than a consolation prize, and is going to do some great things in Madison.

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Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year

First-team all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune