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What to expect from Wisconsin on National Signing Day 2019

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Not much, to be honest. The good stuff already happened.

Graham Mertz
Bud Elliott

Back in December, the Wisconsin Badgers announced the 19 scholarship recruits and six walk-ons that were officially joining their 2019 recruiting class in college football’s early signing period.

Five-star offensive lineman Logan Brown and four-star quarterback Graham Mertz headline a class that many consider to be Wisconsin’s most talented in the modern era of recruiting services and rankings.

So what has happened between then and Wednesday, college football’s traditional National Signing Day?


Last year, Wisconsin signed just one player after the early signing period, cornerback Rachad Wildgoose, who went on to start seven games.

For this 2019 class, not much has been publicly discussed. No official visits from players in this recruiting cycle have surfaced. Sun Prairie, Wis., wide receiver Cooper Nelson did verbally commit last week as a reported walk-on. For the next two cycles, the Badgers locked up three in-state kids in 2020 products Chimere Dike and Cole Dakovich and 2021 offensive lineman and Wisconsin legacy JP Benzschawel.

There were also the Junior Day attendees from late January, but honestly, the biggest buzz around the 2019 class post-early signing period came when quarterback Graham Mertz went G.O.A.T. in the All-American Bowl, earning MVP honors and breaking the all-star game’s touchdown passing record on Jan. 5.

Mertz is also on campus now as a mid-year enrollee along with outside linebacker Spencer Lytle, inside linebacker Leo Chenal, and walk-on wide receiver Cam Phillips.

Barring any unforeseen developments, it will likely be a very quiet day outside of Nelson’s signing. We’ve recapped below our previous coverage of the 2019 recruiting class, and there will still be more analysis to come on the site, so be sure to keep checking back.



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