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!
Badgers make cut down list
- 2021 3-star CB Robert Regan (Orange, Calif.) out of Orange Lutheran High School tweeted out his top-seven schools on Wednesday afternoon and the Wisconsin Badgers made the cut. If the below tweet isn’t showing up for you, he has Fresno State, Arizona State, Utah, Boise State, Oregon State and Kansas as the other six schools he’ll be considering moving forward.
Top 7‼️ (not in any particular order) #blessed pic.twitter.com/orpwAShJjk— Robert Regan Jr (RJ) (@RobRegJR1) April 15, 2020
Regan also has offers from some more high profile schools than his finalists, including Oregon, Auburn, Southern Cal, LSU, Florida and others.
Regan has been out to Madison a couple of times already and has a June 5th official visit on the books currently. Obviously, we don’t know if that will work out due to, you know, everything...but Regan seems high on the Badgers and vice versa.
The 6-foot and 186 pound corner is rated as the No. 28 CB in the country by the 247 Composite and the No. 385 player overall. It sounds like he wants to take most of his visits so there probably won’t be a commitment watch any time soon on Regan, but the Badgers are in good shape with him.
New Top 247 rankings released
- Every so often the major recruiting sites release updates to their rankings and it was 247 Sports’ turn to update theirs. After receiving their tenth verbal commitment of the 2021 cycle on Tuesday, the Badgers now have the No. 5 class in the 247 Composite rankings. Please keep all caveats about how early in the cycle it is at the forefront of your mind, but also take some time to revel in how much recruiting has improved for the Badgers over the past couple of years.
An interesting name that rocketed to the No. 3 overall position in the rankings is OT JC Latham of IMG Academy in Florida, who is originally from Wisconsin and played at Waukesha Catholic Memorial for his first two years of high school. The Badgers were a team of early interest for Latham but have fallen off and are not being considered anymore.
As far as players the Badgers are still in on and have commitments from, here is a list:
No. 13, OT Nolan Rucci, down one spot uncommitted (PSU, Clemson, Wisconsin)
No. 58, OT Riley Mahlman, up one spot, Wisconsin
No. 59, OT David Davidkov, up 24 spots, uncommitted (Michigan is favorite)
No. 110, OT JP Benzschawel, same spot, Wisconsin
No. 156, TE Jack Pugh, down five spots, uncommitted (Wisconsin is favorite)
No. 184, S Hunter Wohler, down five spots, Wisconsin
No. 212, DE/OLB T.J. Bollers, down nine spots, uncommitted (Wisconsin, Nebraska)
No. 222, OLB Yanni Karlaftis, down eight spots, uncommitted (Purdue, Wisconsin)
More accolades for Deacon Hill
- 2021 3-star QB Deacon Hill (Santa Barbara, Calif.) of Santa Barbara High School was named athlete of the year by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table.
The 2019-2020 SBART football Athlete of the Year is Deacon Hill of @SB_DonsFootball! Deacon led the Dons to a league title & CIF runner-up finish. He passed for over 3,000 yards & 35 TDs! Congrats to Deacon! @dhillsb10 #SBARTEWA2020 pic.twitter.com/3yMKpjgzTy— Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table (@officialSBART) April 15, 2020
This is the second big honor that Hill has received in the last week as he was also named to the roster for the 2021 Polynesian Bowl.