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Wisconsin hosting commits, targets for Friday’s spring game

There’s a recruiting angle to the spring game, too.

Tyler Beach at the 2016 Nike Football The Opening Regional in Chicago.
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As spring ball comes to an end for the Wisconsin Badgers with Friday night’s spring game, there will be plenty things to watch for on the field.

Off the field in the world of recruiting, this will be a big opportunity for Wisconsin coaches, players, and the atmosphere inside Camp Randall Stadium to leave an impression on several key prospects.

The class of 2018, like its most recent predecessor, probably won’t be big in terms of numbers, but there’s already some talent verbally committed

Here some headliners among the group of prospects B5Q has confirmed will be at Camp Randall Friday evening. Some are commits and some are intriguing recruits getting their first taste of action.

Verbal commits

Class of 2017

OL Tyler Beach
6’6, 280 pounds
Grafton, Wis. (Port Washington)

From what B5Q has seen, Beach has attended a couple of Friday practices at the very least. It’s not too far of a drive for the in-state product, who begins his Wisconsin career in the summer.

Class of 2018

QB Ben Bryant
6’3, 193 pounds
La Grange, Ill. (Lyons Township)

Bryant announced on Tuesday that he was coming back up to Madison for another visit. Like many in this class, he recently participated in one of the Opening Regionals in Chicago earlier this month.

The three-star recruit also has been active at other camps, as seen in this video from

LB Jack Sanborn
6’2, 210 pounds
Lake Zurich, Ill.

The most recent verbal commit for the class of 2018, Sanborn will make the drive northwest to Madison. A four-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals, and Scout, the backer is the highest-ranked recruit currently from Wisconsin’s eight known verbal commits.

LB C.J. Goetz
6’3.5, 217 pounds
Waukesha, Wis. (Catholic Memorial)

One of three in-state players to commit on Feb. 20, Goetz recently participated in the Opening Regionals in Chicago (see’s comments here ($)).

S Reggie Pearson
5’10, 189 pounds
River Rouge, Mich.

The first commit for Wisconsin’s class of 2018, Pearson has stayed true to the cardinal and white. The Michigan native has been in Madison all week, taking in the town and going to UW’s practices.

Earlier this month, he participated in the Opening Regionals in Cleveland, where’s Allen Trieu reported he was among one of three players to stand out at safety.

OT Michael Furtney
6’5, 280 pounds
Milan, Mich.

Another verbal commit from the state of Michigan, Furtney confirmed he’s rolling into Madison on Friday afternoon for the spring game. The three-star prospect is the only offensive lineman currently in this class.


A couple of key Badger targets who are uncommitted at this time will attend the spring game.

QB Carter Bradley
6’3, 194 pounds
Jacksonville, Fla. (Providence)

As noted earlier this week by’s Jon McNamara and confirmed by B5Q, the son of former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley will be in Madison for the spring game. Wisconsin already has Bryant as one quarterback in this class. Will Bradley make it two?

RB Elijah Collins
6’0, 194 pounds
Detroit, Mich. (University of Detroit Jesuit)

Recently at the Opening Regionals in Cleveland, Collins recorded a 4.66-second 40-yard dash, 4.39-second shuttle, and 36.7-inch vertical jump. His 105.63 rating placed him ninth overall at the Cleveland camp.

If his high school’s name appears familiar, it should. 2017 commit Scott Nelson is Collins’s former teammate from the same program.