The Wisconsin Badgers still hope to add on to its class of 2019 recruiting cycle, and on Sunday, Orange, Calif. (Lutheran) wide receiver Kyle Ford announced that the Badgers extended an offer.
According to 247Sports composite rankings, Ford is a five-star recruit, the No. 5 wide receiver and the No. 30 player in the country. Both ESPN and Rivals list him as a four-star recruit, with those recruiting services designating him as the No. 48 and No. 59 player in the nation.
247Sports lists 27 offers, Rivals 31 for Ford; among them USC, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon and Washington. 247Sports’ crystal ball predictions and Rivals’ “FutureCast” both denote the Trojans as the favorites.
Unfortunately, Ford’s senior prep season is reportedly cut short due to a torn ACL.
Some of Wisconsin’s current verbal commits already put social media to use on Sunday and Monday. For what it’s worth, Ford retweeted the messages from linebacker Spencer Lytle and quarterback Graham Mertz.
Let’s make this happen! Udub show him some love!!! https://t.co/pe3805sQxV— Graham Mertz (@GrahamMertz5) September 30, 2018
♂️ ♂️ Best education and athletics u can find bro ! https://t.co/GrtqOhQjhE— Julius Davis (@juliusdavis32) September 30, 2018
Best spot there is... come join the fam! https://t.co/qteJyPKTyX— Hayden Rucci (@haydengucci) September 30, 2018
⚪️ congratulations, join the squad bro we’re going to be doing something real special here in Mad-Town ♂️ https://t.co/JvAkqfXuX2— Logan Brown (@loganbrown53) October 1, 2018
There is a connection between Ford and Mertz, as the two participated on the same team in The Opening Finals in early July.
First clip is Wisconsin QB commit @GrahamMertz5 connecting with Miami #Hurricanes WR commit Jeremiah Payton for a TD. Second clip is Mertz hooking up with WR Kyle Ford @Ford_Kyle6 for a big gain pic.twitter.com/LKCGKkjG9V— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) July 2, 2018
Kyle Ford with yet another TD in back of the end zone. Great hands/elevation on the throw from Graham Mertz. pic.twitter.com/qccaNxAJMc— BrianDohn247 (@BrianDohn247) July 3, 2018
What happens next with Wisconsin offering relatively later in the recruiting cycle obviously remains to be seen.