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!
- 2022 OL/DL Billy Schrauth (Fond du Lac) of St. Mary’s Springs High School is the most recent in-state player to receive an offer from the Badgers. The 6-foot-5 and 270 pound lineman also has an offer from Western Michigan and is receiving interest from Michigan, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Iowa. One would assume that Wisconsin will have a good chance to land him since he is an in-state lineman.
Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Wisconsin!! @CoachJoeRudolph @McNamaraRivals pic.twitter.com/VLCLofmHgZ— Billy Schrauth (@SchrauthBilly) January 23, 2020
Here is Schrauth’s sophomore highlight film:
I don’t know much about line play in football but I like the fact that he seems to consistently drive the man he is blocking into the ground and is always looking for the next person to block.
- 2021 CB Ricardo Hallman (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) of University School earned an offer from Wisconsin this week. The junior corner is listed as being anywhere between 5-foot-10 and 6-feet tall on various sites and weighs around 175 pounds. According to his Hudl page, he runs at 4.62 40-yard dash.
God is great !!!! extremely blessed to have earned an offer from the University of Wisconsin ⚪️ #Gobadgers @jimleonhard @UNCLELUQ @ArturoFreeman @Cassidy_Rob @Andrew_Ivins @247Sports @SleeperAth1etes @TheCribSouthFLA @Rivalsfbcamps pic.twitter.com/fpVCByY4jK— Ricardo Hallman (@ricardohallman6) January 23, 2020
Baylor, Boston College, Michigan, Southern Miss and Miami (Fla.) have all offered him as well and Rivals notes that Florida, Florida State and Ohio State are showing interest as well. Before my internet crapped out and made watching his highlight video difficult, I counted him as having five interceptions last season.
He clearly has a nose for the ball and in the second highlight he shows a willingness to go up and lay the lumber on a pass catcher in the flat. Florida is a state known for producing high end defensive back talent and Jim Leonhard was smart to offer Hallman early.
- We are in the freaking future now, baby. The Badgers have offered their first (presumably) player in the class of 2023. RB/ATH Richard Young (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) of Lehigh Senior High School has been racking up offers this week and the Badgers got on the train with him early. According to his Twitter account, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami (Fla.) have also offered and both recruiting sites list Florida as an offer as well.
I am blessed to Receive my 6th offer from University of Wisconsin ❤️ @coachchaney96 @jimleonhard @BadgerFootball pic.twitter.com/t4qvaEgnov— Richard Young ⚡️ (@richard39495691) January 22, 2020
The 6-foot, 190 pound freshman is clearly receiving a lot of early interest and it’s nice to see the Badgers identify talent early and pull the trigger. This kid is fast, has good vision and
appears to be tough to tackle. These are really impressive highlights for a freshman playing in a talent-rich area.
You may recognize this school from Wednesday’s recruiting update because the Badgers also offered his teammate, 2021 LB Jake Chaney.
Other recruiting news
- 2022 QB target Devin Brown (Queen Creek, Ariz.) was invited to an Elite 11 regional tryout. For those that don’t know, the Elite 11 final is a camp for the best quarterbacks in each class and is considered a great honor if you make it. Brown has offers from Arizona, Iowa State and Northern Arizona to go along with his Badgers offer.
Can’t wait to compete against the best of the best. @Elite11 @Stumpf_Brian pic.twitter.com/d6ZuuJP45E— Devin Brown (@dbrownqb33) January 22, 2020
- Since the high school football all-star games are over now, recruiting services are updating their rankings for the class of 2020. The four Badgers on the new Rivals list are No. 87 RB Jalen Berger (who obviously fell 38 spots from the last rankings update because he chose Wisconsin), No. 93 OT Trey Wedig (who fell five spots), No. 137 OLB Kaden Johnson (who fell two spots) and No. 197 OT Jack Nelson (who stayed put).
The final 2020 #Rivals250 has been released, and the #Badgers have four representatives:— Jon McNamara (@McNamaraRivals) January 22, 2020
Full ranking: https://t.co/C7fKYnu69p pic.twitter.com/WQWFGLtt5K
ESPN also update their top-300 and the Badgers have five players represented there: No. 64 OT Trey Wedig, No. 144 OLB Nick Herbig, No. 148 OT Jack Nelson, No. 159 RB Jalen Berger and No. 230 OLB Kaden Johnson.
247 hasn’t updated their rankings fully yet, but we will note it when they do.
- The Badgers are going to want to keep the Michigan pipeline they’ve been building open for as long as possible.
Big Thanks to @IWMiamiFootball from @MiamiOHFootball, @CoachBostadUW from @BadgerFootball and @Coach_Eck from @GoJacksFB for visiting @KentwoodPS today! pic.twitter.com/wtxkmKSqpc— Marty Martens (@marty_martens82) January 23, 2020