Tweets and tears, videos and highlights galore will spring forth starting on Wednesday as the class of 2019 National Signing Day’s early signing period kicks off.
From Dec. 19-21, recruits will be able to sign their national letters of intent (NLIs) to the schools they have verbally committed to. If they do not sign their names in ink and send that NLI back to their school, the official National Signing Day takes place on Feb. 6.
Like last year, we expect the bulk of the Wisconsin Badgers’ class to sign during this time in December. There are 19 known verbal commitments (scholarship) for this 2019 class.
Below is just a list of players who publicly confirmed their “signing” ceremonies, though we at B5Q are assuming all of those commits will send in those NLIs to UW midweek.
QB Graham Mertz
Mertz told B5Q he plans to enroll early, so he is just under a month away from heading to Madison. Before that, he will play with fellow Wisconsin commit in the All-American Bowl in early January.
OL Logan Brown
A five-star lineman according to 247Sports composite rankings, Brown told B5Q that he will sign on Wednesday.
Patiently waiting for signing day....— Logan Brown (@loganbrown53) December 4, 2018
OL Joe Tippmann
Glad to say that I will be signing Dec. 19 at @ 1pm at Bishop Dwenger High School.... anyone is welcome and encouraged to come! Any media is welcome as well! DM me if there are any questions! ⚪️— joe tippmann (@JoeTippmann) December 11, 2018
TE Hayden Rucci
I will be signing at 7:30 AM on December 19th at the Lititz Fire Station. All friends, family, and media are welcome... contact me for details✍— Hayden Rucci (@haydengucci) November 29, 2018
WR Stephan Bracey
Please join us on December 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM at East Kentwood high school (west wing cafeteria, door H) to celebrate Stephan Bracey Jr. official signing to attend the University of Wisconsin‼️ pic.twitter.com/GPvh9WYLWN— Stephan Bracey (@stephanbracey2) December 5, 2018
RB Julius Davis
I will be signing Dec. 20th @ Menomonee Falls Highschool at 4:30pm✍ ... If any media would like to come please contact me for more information!! Everyone can come and watch there will be drinks and cake afterwards! Contact me if you will be attending‼️— Julius Davis (@juliusdavis32) December 3, 2018
TE Clay Cundiff
Happy to announce that I will be signing Wednesday, Dec. 19th at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School at 11:30 AM. All media & everyone is welcome to join! DM me if you have any questions! #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/8mwu71ZgYX— Clay Cundiff (@clay_cundiff10) December 14, 2018
OLB Spencer Lytle
DL Gio Paez
I will be signing my NLI to the University of Wisconsin-Madison tomorrow. It will be held at Fox & Hound in Huntersville from 3-5pm. Looking forward to see my brothers and I taking the next step in our careers. pic.twitter.com/zixPyJqLAC— Gio Paez (@Gio_paez7117) December 18, 2018
The following players also confirmed with B5Q that they would also be signing on Wednesday:
- DL Gio Paez and Keeanu Benton
- FB Quan Easterling
- OLB Skyler Meyers
- CBs James Williams and Semar Melvin
- ILB Maema Njongmeta
- S Titus Toler
Again a disclaimer, based on last year’s precedent and this cycle’s players, we are assuming all known commits for this class will sign.
What to expect from B5Q
Great question! You have already seen a few features and a podcast out in the past few days, and we have more episodes, analysis and insights coming your way in the next couple of days.
We have profiles ready of every scholarship commit, and once UW sends out the confirmation of the received NLI welcoming each respective recruit to the program, we will publish them. Expect a roundtable from our writers midday Wednesday, along with discussions on recruiting battles, the Michigan state pipeline continuing this recruiting cycle and of course, an article highlighting the 2019 walk-ons.