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, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!
There hasn’t been much new recruiting news recently because it was the “dead period” for FBS football programs. Here is what that is, as told by the NCAA’s website: “During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.”
The dead period was over on Jan. 16th, so it was to be expected that the Wisconsin coaching staff would be out on the road starting Jan. 17th, which just so happens to be what happened!
The first offer that Paul Chryst and co. sent out was to a 2022 QB prospect, Brady Allen (Fort Branch, Ind.) of Gibson Southern High School.
Super excited to be offered by Wisconsin! Thanks @CoachBudmayr for coming in this morning! @BadgerFootball @SWiltfong247 @JoshHelmholdt pic.twitter.com/sVHeAZh3ym— Brady Allen (@bcallen18) January 17, 2020
Allen is 6-foot-5 and 197 pounds and has offers from Purdue, Indiana, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati already as well. According to Rivals, he is also getting interest from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State. The unranked (as of now) junior to be is considered a pro-style QB by both 247 and Rivals.
Allen’s stats are pretty impressive from his first two years of high school ball. His freshman year he completed 56.7% of his passes and threw for 2,438 yards and 29 touchdowns (to just four picks) and added four TDs on the ground.
#Wisconsin offers 2022 QB Brady Allen out of Fort Branch (Ind.) Gibson Southern. Completed over 62 percent of his passes for 2,671 yards and 31 TDs as a sophomore: https://t.co/HldCsjCsHU @Evan_Flood— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) January 17, 2020
In addition to the stats listed in the tweet above, Allen ran for three rushing TDs and threw eight picks as a sophomore.
Obviously this is all very new, but it would be nice to get Allen on campus and give him the full Wisconsin experience, which seems to works so well on recruits. The Badgers are also looking at another 2022 QB prospect, Devin Brown (Queen Creek, Ariz.), and are probably trying to finalize the top of their QB board so they can focus on a few players in the 2022 cycle.
Wisconsin did not take a QB in the 2020 and already have a commitment from 3-star Santa Barbara, Calif. QB Deacon Hill in the 2021 class.
Here are Allen’s sophomore highlights.