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Wisconsin Football Recruiting: The State of Play at Quarterback

The Badgers have two targets for one scholarship to join Ben Bryant at quarterback.

Carter Bradley
Carter Bradley
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Oh, hello there.

Wondering where all the recruiting coverage has been this year? Who are you, Comrade Questions? I’m here now, and I’m going to start with that sweet, sweet recruiting coverage you like with a positional deep dive into where the Badgers are at and where the Wisconsin Badgers could go.

Now with the Badgers having eight commitments for 2018, there are some positional slots that are currently locked up, as well as some slots where any move that will be made will be in camp season or later. So if you wonder why I skip from pass catchers to defensive linemen to ending the series at cornerback, this will likely be why.

Anyway, after the Dec. 7 commitment of three-star La Grange, Ill. (Lyons Township) quarterback Ben Bryant, there was some question about where the Badgers would end up in terms of landing a second quarterback. While the hopes for Artur Sitkowski and Jack Tuttle faded, there are still quality options the Badgers are in strong contention for, even if they lack star pedigree.

Carter Bradley

Height: 6’3
Weight: 194 pounds
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla. (Providence)
247Sports composite rankings: Three stars, No. 879 overall, No. 34 pro-style QB, No. 136 Florida

Bradley is definitely an option the Badgers could see growing into one who might be able to win a position battle or three and see the field before his time is over. As one might expect from the son of a well-regarded defensive coordinator, Bradley shows football intelligence in terms of poise and awareness in the pocket. He’s not going to be a threat to score every time he sees enough daylight to make yardage with his legs, but he’s probably going to be the most mobile quarterback the Badgers have had this side of Russell Wilson and when we tried to make Tanner McEvoy a thing.

In regards to the throw game, Bradley still has plenty of time to develop further velocity on the ball, at least in terms of his Hudl tape. He does have accuracy to hit targets whether the window is open or if he has to place the ball in that proverbial bucket, and he also knows how to take something off the fastball and make sure that the receiver brings it in when he absolutely h asto. In short, he’s a solid prospect who’s probably a little under the radar.

Truth be told, those who were paying attention to such things were expecting the 6’3, 195-pound prospect to commit when he visited Wisconsin for the spring game. That said, the most direct threat to Bradley becoming a Badger at this point is UW’s other target at the position. Bradley has Power Five offers from Indiana, Louisville, and Pittsburgh, but 247Sports only lists Wisconsin as a “warm” school.

Chase Wolf
Chase Wolf
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Chase Wolf

Height: 6’2
Weight: 197 pounds
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)
247Sports composite rankings: Three stars, No. 1,021 overall, No. 43 pro-style QB, No. 45 Ohio

As three-star prospects go, Wolf has found himself gaining interest as his second-semester junior year’s gone on. Wolf currently lists 17 offers, including Boston College, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Maryland, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and South Carolina among the Power Five. Looking at his Hudl tape, you can see why he’s gaining popularity among the second tier.

Wolf has a very strong arm, which allows him to make some off-balance throws on the run and squeeze a pass or three into a tight window. Like Bradley, he’s not going to break any play off for six points with his legs, but he can escape pressure and turn negative yards into positive yards. He lacks the touch that Bradley has, but he also can hit more routes on the route tree. In a way, with the receivers that coach Ted Gilmore is bringing in, Wolf is a quarterback who can make the Badgers’ passing game dangerous with the way he spins the ball.

Wolf also visited Wisconsin in April, getting the Badgers back into the race after it seemed like they would be falling short to a Boston College or South Carolina. And with the Badgers moving past the spring game without filling the position, they are willing to give Wolf some time to make a move.

The good news? With the commitment of John Langan, Boston College is likely off the board. The bad news? Cincinnati has been surprisingly good at sniping Wisconsin targets, and it’s more likely South Carolina has two scholarship quarterbacks and stepping into a situation like that would be quite enticing.

All in all, the Badgers aren’t likely to add someone who would become a star from day one. But that’s fine. Ben Bryant is a very intriguing commitment, and if it turns out Carter Bradley is the choice that commits to Wisconsin? It’s absolutely going to be a quality addition.

2018 Wisconsin Commits

Name Position Hometown (High School) Height Weight Star Rating Overall Ranking (2018) Position Ranking (2018) State Ranking (2018) Commit Date (B5Q profile linked)
Name Position Hometown (High School) Height Weight Star Rating Overall Ranking (2018) Position Ranking (2018) State Ranking (2018) Commit Date (B5Q profile linked)
Ben Bryant QB La Grange, Ill. (Lyons Township) 6'3 190 3 635 25 10 12/7/2016
Boyd Dietzen DE Kimberly, Wis. (Kimberly) 6'3 235 3 574 22 1 2/20/2017
Michael Furtney OT Milan, Mich. (Milan) 6'5 280 3 665 52 16 3/14/2017
C.J. Goetz LB Waukesha, Wis. (Catholic Memorial) 6'4 225 3 N/A 43 8 2/20/2017
Trent Ingalls S Menasha, Wis. (Menasha) 6'1 175 3 733 55 2 10/29/2016
Reggie Pearson S River Rouge, Mich. (River Rouge) 5'10 180 3 556 40 12 8/27/2016
Mason Platter LB Menomonie, Wis. (Menomonie) 6'5 220 3 909 61 3 2/20/2017
Jack Sanborn LB Lake Zurich, Ill. (Lake Zurich) 6'2 210 3 353 15 3 3/22/2017
Measurements and rankings are listed according to 247Sports’ composite ratings.