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!
247 Sports released updated rankings for the class of 2022 on Wednesday and there are a number of Wisconsin targets on their Top247 list. The state of Wisconsin has, what looks to be, one of the most loaded classes in years with six players making the cut for the Top247. Let’s take a look at who the Badgers are in on with the new rankings.
Keep in mind, this is only the kids who are from in-state and these are their national rankings.
- No. 67, Joe Brunner, OT, Whitefish Bay, 4-star, 93 rating
- No. 81, Carson Hinzman, OL, Hammond, 4-star, 93 rating
- No. 105, Isaac Hamm, DE, Sun Prairie, 4-star, 92 rating
- No. 116, Braelon Allen, ATH/S, Fond du Lac, 4-star, 92 rating
- No. 143, Billy Schrauth, OL/DL, Fond du Lac, 4-star, 91 rating
- No. 214, Jerry Cross, WR/TE, Milwaukee, 4-star, 90 rating
The Badgers are considered either the favorite or co-favorite for all of these prospects who, again, are all from within the Wisconsin borders. Without even signing a prospect from outside of Wisconsin, the Badgers would already have the foundation for their best class of all time.
That’s before we even look at the other players on the list that UW is recruiting heavily.
- No. 23, Luther Burden, WR, St. Louis, Mo., 4-star, 95
- No. 30, Travis Shaw, DT, Greensboro, N.C., 4-star, 95
- No. 39, Gavin Sawchuk, RB, Littleton, Colo., 4-star, 94
- No. 43, Gabe Powers, OLB, Marysville, Ohio, 4-star, 94
- No. 56, Tyler Morris, WR, La Grange Park, Ill., 4-star, 93
- No. 75, Joshua Burnham, OLB, Traverse City, Mich., 4-star, 93 rating
- No. 84, Nicholas Singleton, RB, Reading, Pa., 4-star, 93
- No. 147, Dishawn Misa, ILB, Sammamish, Wash., 4-star, 91
- No. 180, Sebastian Cheeks, OLB, Evanston, Ill., 4-star, 90
- No. 203, Curtis Neal, DT, Cornelius, N.C., 4-star, 90
- No. 212, Cristian Driver, S, Argyle, Texas, 4-star, 90
Singleton is thought to be a pretty strong Penn State lean, and the Badgers have a big-time RB commit in the 2020 class (Jalen Berger) as well as a pair of fast-rising in-state RB recruits in 2021 (Loyal Crawford and Jackson Acker) so Singleton may not be coming to Madison. Powers is also most likely to not go to Wisconsin. He is considered an Ohio State lean.
Driver is an interesting prospect because he is the son of former Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver and because he’s a highly thought of defensive back from Texas that is considering Wisconsin. It is also worth noting that almost every offer that Wisconsin has made so far in the 2022 recruiting cycle is on the Top247 list. Will the Badgers get all of these players? Of course not, but being in the mix for them is a positive step and...it seems like they’re going to get some of them.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Wisconsin is recruiting a prospect named Sebastian Cheeks. What an excellent name!