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A (revisited) look at Wisconsin’s 2020 commits

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A couple of in-state updates as we break down the next recruiting cycle

Four-star offensive lineman (and Wisconsin legacy) Jack Nelson
Matt Fleming

Back in December, B5Q broke down the list of four Wisconsin Badgers verbal commits for the 2020 class. All four are still projected linemen in some fashion, but the class added two recent commits in wide receiver Chimere Dike and outside linebacker/tight end Cole Dakovich.

This class already appears to be in good shape, and later today, B5Q will also publish a list of 2020 targets that Wisconsin will likely continue to pursue in hopes of wooing them to Madison.

With that, let’s take another look at this next recruiting cycle which—in the “way-too-early” rankings—is at No. 10 in the nation according to 247Sports composite, No. 11 according to Rivals.

OL Jack Nelson

The first verbal commit of the 2020 class came last season. A four-star recruit by 247Sports composite rankings, the Stoughton, Wis., native committed in October 2017.

According to 247Sports, whose composite rankings rate him as the No. 203 player overall and No. 26 offensive tackle in the nation, Nelson holds offers from Wisconsin and Michigan. As a junior, he claimed first-team all-state honors (large schools) by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA).

OL Trey Wedig

Another four-star offensive lineman, Wedig—who plays for Kettle Moraine, the same school that produced 2018 Wisconsin walk-on Blake Wilcox and 2018 North Dakota State signee Jake Rock—currently ranks as the No. 93 player in the country and No. 11 offensive tackle in the country according to 247Sports composite rankings.

Like his future teammate in Nelson, the WFCA named him as a first-team all-state selection for last season.

Wedig announced his verbal commitment to Wisconsin after the Badgers’ win over New Mexico on Sept. 8 of the 2018 season. According to 247Sports, he holds eight offers from UW, Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska and USC, among others.

OL Dylan Barrett

The third verbal commit of this class and first out-of-state recruit, Barrett hails from St. Charles, Ill. (East).

247Sports composite rankings designate Barrett as a three-star recruit and No. 27 guard in the nation.

Both 247Sports and Rivals list 13 offers for the Illinois product, which includes opportunities from Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Northwestern and West Virginia, among others.

Barrett verbally committed to Wisconsin on Oct. 8 and took an unofficial visit to UW during the final game of the regular season against Minnesota.

OL/DL Ben Barten

Rated a three-star commit by 247Sports composite rankings, Barten is a three-star prospect, the No. 599 player in the nation and No. 63 offensive tackle in the nation. The Stratford, Wis., product verbally committed in late October, and 247Sports states he holds offers from Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota State.

WR Chimere Dike

The first of two in-state commitments in consecutive days, the Waukesha, Wis. (North), standout verbally committed on Jan. 24.

Both 247Sports and Rivals rate Dike as a three-star wide receiver, and 247Sports composite rankings designate him as the No. 594 player overall and No. 115 wide receiver in the nation. According to WisSports.Net, Dike caught 79 passes for 1,091 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2018 while claiming WFCA large school all-state honors.

The new year started off well for Dike, who also received an offer from Iowa State on Jan. 10. He received the Wisconsin offer on Jan. 19 before locking down his commitment five days later.

OLB/TE Cole Dakovich

The fifth in-state verbal of the 2020 class, Dakovich publicly announced his commitment to Wisconsin on Jan. 25, just a day after Dike.

Currently a three-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals, Dakovich recently picked up an offer from Wisconsin on Jan. 19 while visiting Madison. Both recruiting services list Dakovich as an outside linebacker, and 247Sports composite rates him as the No. 459 player in the nation and No. 37 outside ‘backer in the country.

The in-state recruit confirmed to B5Q last week that UW is looking at him as outside linebacker or a tight end at the next level but he thinks “they’re kind of still up in the air as far as where they want me.”

According to WisSports.net, Dakovich recorded 105 tackles, 18 for loss, along with two sacks and two interceptions last season. One of those interceptions resulted in a pick-six, while he also blocked two punts—one of which he also returned for a touchdown in the second contest of the year against Dike and Waukesha North.

As a wide receiver, he also caught 16 passes for 150 yards with a touchdown for the WIAA Division 3 champs. That score took place during the third quarter of that state championship game that led to 37 unanswered points for the Crusaders. He was selected as a WFCA large school all-state honorable mention selection.

Be sure to check out his film and also our interview with him on a recent Bucky’s 5th Podcast episode.