With limited depth at the tight end position after Jake Ferguson on Wisconsin’s roster heading into the 2019 season, the Badgers needed to bolster the position in the 2020 recruiting class. Today they did just that, securing a verbal commitment from one of the top tight ends on the east coast in Cam Large.
The 6-foot-5, 240 pound prospect out of Massachusetts chose Wisconsin out of a top four that also included Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio State. Large had other offers from more than 30 schools such as LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State. Ranked as a high three-star recruit, he participated in the Opening Finals, an event comprised of some of the best high school players in the nation. While he committed to the staff a few weeks ago, he publicly made his announcement tonight.
During his junior season at Noble and Greenhough High School, he excelled while playing both tight end and defensive end. In only 9 games, Large accumulated 280 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball, and 9 sacks with 3 force fumbles on defense. In watching his junior film, he appears to be a strong and willing blocker in addition to his pass catching skills, making him possibly an ideal in-line tight end in Wisconsin’s run heavy system.
Large took an unofficial visit at the beginning of March, and later returned for an official visit on the weekend of June 14th, with the majority of Wisconsin’s commits at the time present as well. The June official visit window was very kind to the Badgers, helping them land commitments from four other previously uncommitted prospects as well, in Nick Herbig, Jordan Turner, Malik Reed, and Max Lofy.
This commitment is a massive recruiting win, as it is rare for Wisconsin to beat out blue bloods such as Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State for a talented prospect that each school wants. Given Wisconsin’s tight end tradition, and strong academic standards, Wisconsin must have been just what he was looking for.
Large may not be the Badgers only tight end recruit for 2020, as committed in-state athlete Cole Dakovich could project to either linebacker or tight end. With Large’s pledge, Wisconsin's 2020 class is now up to 14 scholarship commitments, in what is expected to be a smaller class (16-20 players). With the small class, numbers are continuing to get tighter, and the coaching staff should be able to prioritize their remaining targets, such as outside linebacker Kaden Johnson and running back Kevontre Bradford in the fall.
Large has looked into being a potential early enrollee, which would allow him to join the program as soon as January and participate in spring practices. While he has not yet announced if he indeed plans on joining early, his commitment is either way big news for a position in need of numbers. His senior season starts on September 21st.
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