With the most recent recruiting “dead period” having come and gone, the Wisconsin Badgers’ coaches have been busy on the road. This past week, they visited current verbally committed prospects and offered a handful of scholarship to 2018 prospects.
[Ed. note: Please note there were several offers that were publicized throughout the past week, so B5Q will break down a few at a time.]
One such prospect to receive a Wisconsin offer was Durham, N.C. (Hillside) prospect Jamal Elliott. A consensus four-star running back prospect according to Rivals, Scout, and 247Sports, he announced the offer from the staff via Twitter.
While the Badgers have set their sites on him early, Elliott currently holds more than 15 scholarship offers. Wisconsin will have to compete with the likes of Tennessee, South Carolina, Duke, LSU and Ole Miss to land him.
Blessed to receive an offer from the University Of Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/mMMVcfFp8m— Jamal Elliott (@jamalelliott) January 12, 2017
At 5’10, 185 pounds, Elliott might be a bit undersized at this point, but watching his junior Hudl film, its easy to like the 2018 prospect.
His running style has some similarities to that of James White. Elliott is a smooth runner in the open field with good instincts, sets up his blockers and catches the ball well. The North Carolina native is very effective at making a man miss or slipping out of arm tackles.
Another offensive player, Xenia, Ohio, wide receiver Meechi Harris, announced on Jan. 9 that Wisconsin offered him.
Harris is currently unranked by the all of the recruiting sites as a bit of an under-the-radar prospect at this stage in his recruitment. The offer became his first Power Five opportunity, which now includes UW, Iowa, Ohio, Toledo and Ball State.
Blessed to have received an offer to play football at the University of Wisconsin B.B.B. pic.twitter.com/SIz2N7M6DV— Meech1 (@king_dj_sosa14) January 10, 2017
At 6’2, 185 pounds, Harris is an intriguing prospect physically. What immediately jumps out is his speed (unverified 4.4-second 40-yard dash via Hudl) and play-making ability.