With spring football kicking off for the Wisconsin Badgers last week, recruits will likely make their way to Camp Randall Stadium and the McClain Center to watch the team practice now through the end of April.
In fact, we have already seen a few publicly announce their visits to Wisconsin in the past week, including some intriguing 2020 prospects that checked out what the program and university can offer.
B5Q will get to a couple of the 2021 prospects who have either visited or been offered (or both) later this week, but for now, let’s check in on a couple potential targets for the upcoming recruiting cycle.
S Makari Paige and DE/OLB Sterling Miles
Wisconsin has seen commitments from West Bloomfield, Mich., products Taj Mustapha and A.J. Abbott in the 2018 cycle, and the program even saw an official visit from eventual Penn State commit Lance Dixon last summer for the 2019 class.
Last week, a few players from the Michigan high school visited UW. That included safety Makari Paige, who is rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports (standalone and composite), ESPN and Rivals. 247Sports’ composite rankings list him as the No. 223 player overall and No. 17 safety in the country.
For that matter, Rivals lists 29 offers for Paige, and programs like Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin, among others, have offered opportunities. Read more about Paige’s visit to UW from BadgerBlitz.com’s Jon McNamara ($).
Both 247Sports and Rivals designate Miles as a three-star weak-side defensive end, though BadgerBlitz.com’s article ($) on the Michigan native also states a possibility of being an outside linebacker.
Both recruiting services list 12 offers for Miles, which includes Cincinnati, Washington State and many MAC programs.
OLB Jaheim Thomas
Thomas visited the Badgers last Tuesday, and both 247Sports composite and Rivals rate the Cincinnati, Ohio (Princeton) EDGE prospect as a four-star recruit. Both recruiting services also list 30 offers for the standout linebacker.
One that just came in a couple days ago was Ohio State, who recently offered Thomas on Saturday after he visited both Wisconsin and Cincinnati earlier that week. Both 247Sports crystal ball predictions and Rivals’ FutureCast now predict the Ohio product to stay home to become a Buckeye, though 247Sports still lists Michigan, Michigan State and UW as “warm” in terms of interest.