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 CB Devonta Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) of La Salle High School received an offer from the Wisconsin Badgers on Monday according to his Twitter account. The highly sought after Smith has, according to 247 Sports, a front runner group of Alabama, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Oregon and Penn State. Also featured among his nearly 30 offers are Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Ohio State hasn’t offered yet, but one would imagine they’d be right in the mix if they were to do so.
The 5-foot-11 and 170 pound cornerback was named third team all-state and first team all-district and was named his conference’s all-purpose player of the year. On defense he recorded 72 solo tackles (20 assisted), five interceptions and forced two fumbles. He also returned six (!!!!!!) punts for touchdowns.
In his Hudl tape, Smith also plays a bit of safety and has no problem stepping up and supporting against the run. He also has excellent instincts when the ball is in the air, recording a number of picks and pass breakups on guys that weren’t even his man.
Smith seems to be in high demand so who knows if the Badgers can get in the discussion, but recruiting well in Ohio is always a good idea and the last three offers the Badgers have made have been in that state so...either way I think this is a good thing.