Now that Wisconsin locked down its class of 2019 football signees and walk-ons, B5Q looks ahead to the 2020 class.
Six players already verbally committed to head coach Paul Chryst and his program for this next recruiting cycle. Five are in-state talents, including four-star offensive linemen Jack Nelson and Trey Wedig.
Four are projected linemen and while the additions of wide receiver Chimere Dike and outside linebacker/tight end Cole Dakovich help with some skill position needs, the coaching staff will continue to evaluate and pursue the next class of Badgers.
With that being said, here are just a few 2020 recruits Wisconsin fans may want to keep an eye out for in the coming months.
QB Tyler Van Dyke
247Sports lists 15 for Van Dyke, with Boston College, Duke, Wisconsin, Purdue and Syracuse all designated as “warm.” For what it’s worth, the Blue Devils received a commitment on Monday from 2020 247Sports composite three-star—Rivals four-star—quarterback Luca Diamont on Monday. There are also opportunities from Michigan, Miami, Kentucky, N.C. State and Vanderbilt.
Rivals rates him as the No. 11 pro-style quarterback in the nation while 247Sports composite lists him as No. 15 in the country.
Van Dyke visited Wisconsin in mid-December, and both recruiting services predict he could end up as a Badger.
RB Reggie Love
Notre Dame, Kentucky, TCU, Nebraska, Purdue and Illinois rounded out the top schools for Love’s collegiate services.
A four-star recruit by 247Sports’ composite rankings and Rivals, the St. Louis native ran for 203 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown in Trinity Catholic’s Class 3 state championship victory on Dec. 1.
247Sports composite rankings designates Love as the No. 27 running back in the nation. Both recruiting services currently list 17 offers.
OLB Kaden Johnson
The Minneapolis (Minnehaha Academy) native visited Wisconsin in October and he is one of the Midwest’s most intriguing recruits.
Rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports composite and Rivals, both services rank him highly (No. 7 outside linebacker and No. 147 player overall in country by the former; No. 5 outside linebacker and No. 108 player overall in the nation by the latter).
There are eight offers on the table for Johnson currently, which includes opportunities from many Big Ten schools like Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue and Northwestern.
In January, Johnson also received an invitation to one of The Opening Regional camps.
WR Daniel Jackson
From Mission, Kan. (Bishop Miege), Jackson visited Wisconsin a couple of weekends ago. The 247Sports composite four-star wide receiver spoke with Rivals/BadgerBlitz.com’s Jon McNamara about his time up in Madison ($), noting that UW would be placed in his top five.
Another connection is the fact 2019 quarterback signee Graham Mertz previously attended Bishop Miege before transferring to Blue Valley North.
He is rated a four-star wide out by 247Sports and ESPN, a three-star recruit by Rivals. 247Sports composite rankings designates him as the No. 50 wide receiver and No. 259 player overall, but ESPN also lists him as the No. 158 player and No. 29 receiver in the nation.
Both 247Sports and Rivals list 10 offers for Jackson, including Notre Dame, Arizona State, Iowa and Texas A&M being among them.
RB/LB Trenton Simpson
Wisconsin looks to head back into North Carolina once again, where in recent classes they have received commitments from cornerback Madison Cone (2017) and defensive lineman Gio Paez (2019).
Rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals, Simpson tweeted his offer on Jan. 9. Rivals now reports 16 offers for the Charlotte (Mallard Creek) product, including from Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, N.C. State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, among others. He recently visited Georgia and N.C. State as well.
247Sports’ Evan Flood also has a Crystal Ball prediction in for the Badgers as on Jan. 10, so his recruiting process is possibly something to watch here.
TE Lukas Unger
A four-star player by 247Sports composite and Rivals, the Morristown, N.J. (Delbarton School) tight end already holds an extensive offer list from Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Stanford, among others. 247Sports list his interest in Wisconsin as “warm,” while Rivals denotes it as “medium.”
247Sports composite rankings list him as the No. 6 tight end in the country.
TE Clay Caudill
Both 247Sports and Rivals show there is apparent interest in Wisconsin by the three-star tight end. The former lists 12 offers for the Mansfield, Ohio, native with the Badgers, LSU, Michigan State and West Virginia among the programs who are listed as “warm” in his reported interest.
OL Nash Hutmacher
Wisconsin already has four potential linemen in this 2020 class, but the coaching staff could always add more. Hutmacher, who is also an accomplished prep wrestler (see: more than 100 consecutive wins on the mat) is an intriguing prospect and apparent gym rat.
Both 247Sports and Rivals lists five offers for the young prep standout. Nebraska, Oregon, Iowa State and Missouri all have presented opportunities for him.
DL Aidan Keanaaina
The 247Sports composite and Rivals four-star defensive lineman from Denver (J.K. Mullen) has visited Wisconsin twice already in June and in October (yes, for the “four seasons in one game” against Illinois).
Amazing visit to Wisconsin! Great victory! Blizzard & Sun ☀️ #Badgers #OnWisconsin Thank You Coaches! @CoachGilmoreUW @UWcoachnokes @WiscoRecruiting @BadgerFootball @SixZeroStrength @MullenMustang pic.twitter.com/3A2RpagycV— Aidan Ikaika Keanaaina KAY-AW-NAH-EYE-NAH (@AidanAkfootball) October 20, 2018
It also appears Wisconsin defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield was out in the Colorado area in early December.
1 hell of a meet w/ @UWcoachnokes of @BadgerFootball! The Badger DL is MEAN & come out #NFL ready! So many eyes on #DungeonFamily! WORK & #EARNIT MEN! #TheBridge #CollegeFootBallRecruiting pic.twitter.com/ziu5oVxNMR— CoachMcChesney/ Development/CFBRecruiting (@SixZeroStrength) December 6, 2018
247Sports lists Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA and Virginia as those in the “warm” interest category, and both recruiting services report 23 offers in all for the standout defensive lineman.
It should be interesting to see if the Badgers can overcome the Fighting Irish and Buckeyes for Keanaaina’s services.
DL Cole Brevard
According to 247Sports composite rankings, Brevard is a four-star prospect, the No. 157 player overall and the No. 13 defensive tackle in the nation.
From Carmel, Ind., Brevard visited Wisconsin during the Illinois game on Oct. 20. Like Keanaaina’s recruiting process, the Badgers will have to fight off some powerhouse suitors.
Rivals notes his interest in Wisconsin as “medium,” while 247Sports has UW in the “warm” interest category along with Penn State. According to the latter recruiting service, Clemson seems to be the favorite in its Crystal Ball Projections.
247Sports reports 18 offers for Brevard, including from Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others.
Good times in Mad-town! 1st and 10 Wisconsin ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/kKP0xpsc79— Cole Brevard (@YoBoiCole2020) October 21, 2018