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Wisconsin misses out on two 2020 recruits

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Two big-time players commit elsewhere.

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The Wisconsin Badgers continue to grind on the practice field a few times a week during spring ball until the end of this month, and recruits have stopped by to take in the sights and sounds of practice.

Along with those interested in the program who have visited or already committed—like the six that are already part of the upcoming 2020 class—we also need to point out which recruits that appeared to be “targets” for the program who have decided to play elsewhere.

Recently a couple of standout recruits pledged to other schools. We break down what that means for Wisconsin.

QB Parker McQuarrie to UCLA

Rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports composite and ESPN, a high three-star by Rivals, McQuarrie verbally committed to the Bruins on April 3. 247Sports composite currently designates him as the No. 10 pro-style quarterback in the nation.

McQuarrie visited Wisconsin in early March, and based on articles from BadgerBlitz.com ($) and Badger247 ($), the Badgers put themselves in position for a good shot to land the colleagiate services of the Concord, N.H. (St. Paul’s School), native.

What it means for Wisconsin: All eyes likely turn to another quarterback from the New England area in Tyler Van Dyke from Suffield, Conn. (Suffield Academy).

Ranked a four-star recruit by Rivals, a three-star by 247Sports composite and ESPN, Van Dyke visited Wisconsin in mid-December.

Rivals lists him as the No. 13 pro-style quarterback in the nation with 20 offers from programs like Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Syracuse.

RB Reggie Love to Illinois

The four-star running back, according to Rivals and 247Sports composite rankings, verbally committed to Illinois on Sunday.

Earlier this year, Love listed Wisconsin as one of his top seven programs he was considering.

What it means for Wisconsin: According to Rivals, UW has offered the following uncommitted prep running backs (or at least those designated as running backs):

*note these players are listed as “all-purpose backs”

Another name to watch here is Akron, Ohio (Hoban) product DeaMonte Trayanum. Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports composite and a high three-star recruit by Rivals, both recruiting services report running backs coach John Settle as the lead recruiter and an official visit date of June 7. For what it’s worth, 247Sports designates him as a running back, while Rivals denotes him as an athlete.

247Sports lists Trayanum’s interest in Wisconsin as “warm,” and Rivals site BuckeyeGrove.com ($) mentions two programs from the Big Ten Conference leading for his services.