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Wisconsin football recruiting: Badgers offer RB Demetrious Flowers, various West Coast prospects

UW extends offers into more position groups for 2018.

Running back Demetrious Flowers at The Opening Los Angeles regional in March 2017.
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Ten spots in the Wisconsin Badgers’ class of 2018 are already verbally locked in. Among the positions solidified in this group are three linebackers (Jack Sanborn, C.J. Goetz, Mason Platter), three defensive ends (Isaiah Mullens, Cormac Sampson, Boyd Dietzen), two safeties (Reggie Pearson, Trent Ingalls), a quarterback (Chase Wolf), and an offensive lineman (Michael Furtney).

UW’s summer camp schedule opens up on Friday, allowing the coaching staff to see firsthand some of the prep standouts hoping to leave Madison with a noticeable impression on Paul Chryst and co. (and maybe, just maybe, an offer).

Prior to that, however, Wisconsin’s assistants have been busy after the long Memorial Day weekend by offering some out-of-state recruits who could be intrigued by the prospects of playing in Madison. Each offer for the players listed below is at a position group that is yet to be filled.

RB Demetrious Flowers

Announcing his offer on Tuesday, Flowers is an intriguing option at running back. Measured at 5’11, 199 pounds in March at The Opening Regional in Los Angeles, his Hudl film showcases a back unafraid of blocking or contact down the field, running between the tackles, and catching the ball out of the backfield.

Rated a four-star prospect by Scout and a three-star by Rivals and 247Sports composite, Flowers has offers from the likes of UCLA, Arizona State, and Boston College, among others.

Check out BadgerBlitz.com ($), BadgerNation.com ($) and Badger247 ($) for more on the Bellflower, Calif. (St. John Bosco) product. There could be some significant interest based on some previous headlines (see here and here).

DB/ATH Alexander Smith

Rated a two-star recruit by Scout, Smith has offers from Army, Navy, Boston College, and Idaho, among others. Where Smith will play at the next level will be intriguing, as Scout lists him as a cornerback, 247Sports as a safety, and Rivals as an athlete.

Smith’s Hudl film is impressive, especially on special teams as a returner with speed and quickness to elude defenders down the field. On defense, he appears to be a more-than-willing tackler who can close quickly on the ball carrier.

Check out Jon McNamara’s article ($) on the Culver City, Calif., prospect to learn how he got into contact with the Wisconsin coaching staff, where Smith would play at UW, and his timetable to commit to a program.

OL/DL Aaron Faumui

The Badgers went beyond the West Coast to Hawaii in offering the 6’3, 285-pound lineman. Both Scout and 247Sports note the currently unrated prospect as a defensive lineman (Scout as a tackle, 247Sports as an end)—and in May alone, he has blown up—announcing scholarship opportunities with Hawaii, Utah State, Fresno State, and Virginia Union.

Based off the film below, Faumui holds up well on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, he appears to explode through opposing linemen.

With senior ends Chikwe Obasih, Alec James, and Conor Sheehy exhausting their eligibility after 2017 and nose tackle Olive Sagapolu being a junior, Wisconsin needs to replenish the numbers inside.