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 bi-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!
Current Football Commits
- 3-star WR Chimere Dike (Waukesha) had himself A GAME last weekend.
It cannot be understated how good Chimere Dike is.— Dave Radcliffe (@DaveRadcliffe_) September 21, 2019
His Waukesha North team ended up losing to Arrowhead 31-28, but it was no fault of Dike’s. He ended the game with 10 catches for 217 yards and one score while also rushing 33 yards and two more scores. That ain’t enough for you? Well, he also had 15 tackles, including one for a loss, as a cornerback.
I couldn’t find any stats from the game yet, but North got stomped by Waukesha West 47-24 on Thursday night, according to WisSports.net.
- 3-star LB/TE Cole Dakovich (Waukesha) had a nice, solid game for Catholic Memorial against Waukesha South, which his team won 48-6. Dakovich had a pair of catches for 36 yards and recorded three tackles on defense.
- 4-star OLB Nick Herbig (Honolulu, Hawaii) had another monster game for No. 1 St. Louis to help beat the No. 2 team in the state, Punahou, 25-19. This kid has good instincts, btw.
Swing pass sniffed out for a TFL by ‘20 St. Louis OLB and Wisconsin commit, Nick Herbig (@nickherbig_) vs Punahou. #808FBClips pic.twitter.com/D5uYYybpMW— 808 FB Recruits (@808FBRecruits) September 21, 2019
Herbig had a fumble recovery and, as far as I could tell from the running box score which didn’t seem to update every tackle on every play and this highlight video below, a tackle for loss along with five or six other tackles.
Trying to figure out high school football statistics is a very glamorous part of the job.
- 3-star TE Cam Large (Dedham, Mass.) is a really nice blocker. He’ll fit in well at Wisconsin.
- I need you all to stop what you are doing right now and watch the first highlight of 3-star WR Isaac Smith’s (Collierville, Tenn.) game last week.
I know the kid guarding him is only in high school but he has to retire from playing football immediately. Here are the rest of his senior year highlights if you want to laugh at more high school aged secondary players.
Mid-Season highlights https://t.co/PXTGmkLdmg— Isaac Smith❗️ (@Isaacsmith_1) September 25, 2019
- I’m starting to think Paul Chryst better devise some trick plays to get 3-star ATH Preston Zachman involved on offense.
Area Week 5 Passing yds. leaders:— Marc Malkoskie (@mmalkoskie) September 24, 2019
1. Preston Zachman, SCA (264)
2. KJ Riley, Danville (201)
3. Jack Howell, Bloomsburg (141)
T4. Tom Reisinger, Mt. Carmel (124)
T4. Ryan Laubach, Berwick (124)
Zachman’s 264 yards against Central was his career-high.
Midseason stats update— Marc Malkoskie (@mmalkoskie) September 25, 2019
Area completion percentage leaders:
1. KJ Riley, Danville (67.8%)
2. Jack Howell, Bloomsburg (63.5%)
3. Preston Zachman, SCA (60.4%)
4. Ryan Laubach, Berwick (56.5%)
5. Tom Reisinger, Mt. Carmel (54.8%)
At least that’s what I would do if we were playing NCAA 14 and I recruited Zachman as an ATH.