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Recruiting roundup: official visits set and early season football highlights

A weekly update on Wisconsin football and basketball recruiting.

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Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this weekly post. It’ll include updates on current commits as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!

Official Visits Set for Basketball Recruits

A number of basketball prospects have started setting their official visit dates for the fall and the Badgers have a trio of recruits lined up to come to Madison already.

  • Woodbury, Minn. 4-star forward Ben Carlson, a 2020 recruit, will be in town on September 7th for the football home opener against Central Michigan, according to Rivals.

Purdue, Minnesota, Iowa State, Xavier and Stanford are all after Carlson, so it’s nice that the Badgers will get an early chance to impress him.

  • His grassroots teammate and Apple Valley, Minn. native, 2020 3-star center Steven Crowl, will be in Madison the same weekend for an official visit. What a coincidence!

The Badgers are battling Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado for Crowl’s services, but Rivals thinks that UW is in control.

  • Matthew Mors, a 2021 3-star forward from Yankton, South Dakota, was named to this high school All-American team. He visited Madison in June and will be coming to town on September 27th for his official visit where the Badgers might be able to seal the deal.

Mors is also being recruited by Iowa, Creighton, Iowa State, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and South Dakota State. Badgers assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft is from South Dakota and has built a strong relationship with Mors.

Football Recruits New Season Highlights

A lot of the class of 2020 and 2021 players have started their football seasons around the country. Let’s take a look at a couple of highlight clips!

  • 2020 LB Malik Reed’s Chandler (Ariz.) beat Henderson (Nev.) Liberty 31-17 in their first game of the season. “But the Wolves’ defense, led by Gunner Maldonado, Malik Reed, Tate Romney and Kyler Orr, held one of the nation’s top teams to 66 rushing yards and force four turnovers with junior mike linebacker Orr recovering a fumble and intercepting a pass,” reported.
  • 2020 in-state OL Sean Timmis had a good game for Marquette against Muskego.
  • 2020 in-state WR Chimere Dike of Waukesha North had a rough opening game on offense, but did have a pick on defense!

This Friday night, St. Louis welcomes Nevada power Bishop Gorman to Honolulu for a clash of two top-15 schools in the country in the Aloha Football Classic. The Crusaders (28 game winning streak) are now ranked tenth according to MaxPreps and Bishop Gorman (10 straight Nevada state titles!) moved up two spots to fifteenth after dispatching Orem (Utah) in their season opener. Should be a great game and a real test for Herbig.