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!
- 2021 3-star (247 Sports standalone ranking) WR Markus Allen (Clayton, Ohio) of Northmont High School received an offer from Paul Chryst and the Badgers over the weekend at Junior Day. The 6-foot-2 and 185 pound wide receiver has offers from a lot of teams with Michigan, Michigan State, Pitt and Cincinnati leading the way according to 247 Sports. Rivals notes that basically every MAC school has offered Allen and Ohio State, Purdue and Minnesota are showing interest as well.
Allen’s Hudl tape lets us know that he caught 51 balls last season for 1,099 yards (108.7 ypg/21.3 ypc) and 15 touchdowns. Allen has great size for a wideout and his body control on back shoulder throws and fades in the redzone are good. He also shows a nice ability to run after the catch and then speed to run away from defensive backs.
- 2021 S 3-star (247 Sports standalone ranking) Rod Moore (Clayton, Ohio) of Northmont High School, and teammate of Allen, received an offer from the Badgers on Junior Day. Moore, who stands at 5-11 and weighs 170 pounds, has offers from Maryland, Cincinnati and Pitt who are high up on his list. Georgia Tech, Northwestern and most of the MAC have offered Moore and, according to Rivals, Michigan and Michigan State have some interest here too.
Moore has a similar offer list to Allen so I wonder if there is some sort of “package deal” here. Moore’s Hudl tape mentions that he recorded 85 tackles, four picks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. It also says that he had a 4.41 40-time, although that is unverified.
While Moore is on the smaller side he shows a willingness to step into the hole and hit tailbacks. He also shows great ball skills as a safety and watching him return some of those interceptions leads me to believe that he might make a good punt returner.
We’ll see how the Badgers do with these teammates, but I’d guess they move into the discussion pretty quickly since they are the best offer that both players have.