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 5-star K Tyler Bittman (Hartland) out of Arrowhead High School announced, via his Twitter account, that he had received a preferred walk-on offer from the Wisconsin Badgers on Tuesday evening. The in-state product currently has scholarship offers from Air Force, Eastern Illinois and South Dakota, according to Rivals.
After a great phone call with @tmehlhaff10 I am very grateful to say that I have received a PWO to play football at the University of Wisconsin.#OnWisconsin @CoachHaering @KohlsKicking @ArrowheadFB @Coach_Radke @JeffBudzien @CoachHarris28 pic.twitter.com/hKj6J7CE54— Tyler Bittman (@BittmanTyler) May 13, 2020
The 6-foot-2 and 185 pound prospect also plays WR for his high school and is receiving interest from Virginia. Bittman is ranked as the No. 19 kicker in the country by Kohl’s Kicking Camps. According to Kohl’s, he could be the future replacement for Zach Hintze on kickoffs:
He has arguably the strongest kickoff leg in the country. He charted a big ball at the event of 85 yards with 4.37 seconds of hang time and won the kickoff competition day one with a 77 yard 4.4 second blast. He is capable of competing for a Power 5 starting spot on kickoffs right now. Increasing the command of his ball flight off the ground and increasing the consistency of his ball/foot contact will help him continue to develop into one of the best prospects in the country.
It is kind of funny to watch his Hudl tape and watch the return team sadly realize every time that the ball is just going into the endzone and they won’t be able to return it.
Bittman looks like a solid kicker and with a year in Wisconsin’s strength program he could probably turn into a guy that kicks it through the endzone every time on kickoffs.