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2020 RB Jalen Berger signs with Wisconsin

Jalen Berger officially signs on the dotted line with the Badgers.

@B5QPhotos; Matt Fleming

2020 Signee Jalen Berger

Position Height Weight School 247 Composite Ranking
Position Height Weight School 247 Composite Ranking
Running back 6-foot 205 pounds Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) 4-stars; No. 15 RB

Jalen Berger represents potentially the biggest coup of the 2020 recruiting class. The four-star prospect out of powerhouse Don Bosco Prep, is a versatile athlete that should bring dynamic play-making ability to the Wisconsin backfield.

With Jonathan Taylor opting to forego his senior season, and enter the NFL Draft, carries are up for grabs. Berger is a player that is uniquely positioned — given his size and skill set — to carve out a role as a true freshman if things break right for him.

Wisconsin has had tremendous success with New Jersey tailbacks, and Jalen Berger has the pedigree to be another star out of the Garden State.


  • 247 Composite: 4-stars; grade: .9378; No. 135 player in the nation; No. 15 RB; No. 3 NJ
  • 247 Sports: 4-stars; grade: 91; No. 248 player in the nation; No. 20 RB; No. 6 NJ
  • Rivals: 4-stars; 5.9 rating; No. 87 player in the nation; No. 5 APB; No. 2 NJ
  • ESPN: 4-stars; grade: 83; No. 159 player in the nation; No. 12 Athlete; No. 25 Regional; No. 5 NJ

Verbally committed on January 4, 2020

After a strong freshman and sophomore season at one of the top high school programs in the country, schools were lining up the offers for Jalen Berger. His scholarship offers continued to roll in over the course of his high school career, as Berger had reported offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State and Tennessee among others.

Berger would eventually take official visits to Wisconsin and UCLA, and considered in-state Rutgers before committing to the Badgers during the Army All-American Game in front of a national audience. Berger also participated in the Polynesian Bowl out in Hawaii the following week, and is one of the highest ranked tailbacks to choose Wisconsin.

Video highlights

  • Senior season: 897 yards rushing, 7.7 yards per carry, 321 yards receiving, 17 total touchdowns (MaxPreps).

Junior season:

Player bio (courtesy of UW Athletic Department)