Lost in all the excitement of the Super Bowl, the women’s hockey team scoring 1,000 goals and the men’s basketball team scoring a huge win this weekend, there was some important football recruiting news. The Wisconsin Badgers are going to end up taking a quarterback in the 2020 class with the commitment of preferred walk-on Daniel Wright (Sergeant Bluff, Iowa) of Sergeant Bluff Luton High School. He announced it via his Twitter account on Sunday night.
After a lot of thought and consideration, I am excited to announce I am now COMMITTED to the University of Wisconsin!! Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen. Badger fans, LETS GO ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/C6WjUmbtrw— Daniel Wright (@Dan11Wright) February 3, 2020
Wright had originally been committed to the Division 2 Sioux Falls Cougars, where his brother attends school and plays football, but after receiving recent interest from the Badgers he started to change his mind. Wright told 247 Sports’ Evan Flood about his change of heart, “I wanted to roll the dice and bet on myself.”
The 6-foot-7 and 215 pound signal caller also received interest from Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota but only ever seriously considered Wisconsin and Sioux Falls. His Hudl film notes that he threw for 3,000 yards and 32 touchdowns in his senior season and threw for 7,030 yards and 78 scores in his career.
Wright, very clearly, has tremendous size and looks like a stereotypical pro-style/pocket passer. His footwork seems a bit jumbled and he throws off his back foot a number of times in his highlight film, but the ball is never under thrown and he appears to have a rocket launcher for an arm.
If you read the Flood article, linked above and free, you’ll see that Wright is honest with himself about his chances to play but confident that he’ll get a fair shake and opportunity to show what he can do. There are very few schools with as rich a walk-on tradition as Wisconsin so if he can play, he will.