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!
- 2022 4-star (247Sports standalone) RB/ATH Dillon Tatum (West Bloomfield, Mich.) out of West Bloomfield High School received an offer from the Wisconsin Badgers and head coach Paul Chryst. The Badgers are the No. 29 team to offer Tatum a scholarship and his list includes Michigan, Florida, Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and a whole host of others.
You may have noticed that Tatum didn’t put a picture of a Wisconsin running back in his tweet announcing the offer and that’s because he chose current Badgers WRs A.J. Abbott and Taj Mustapha, both graduates of West Bloomfield High School themselves.
The 5-foot-11 and 180 pound tailback is rated as the No. 21 RB and No. 190 player overall in the country by 247Sports. In-state Michigan appears to have an early “lead” for Tatum’s commitment, but there is still a lot of time left in the 2022 recruiting cycle.
Tatum’s Hudl tape shows him playing all over the field. He lines up in the backfield, in the slot, out wide as a flanker and at defensive back. It would appear that he is used similarly to how 2020 RB commit Jalen Berger was used at his high school. If the Badgers can showcase an ability to get their running backs the ball in creative ways, players like Tatum will be way more interested in Wisconsin.
The offer list for Tatum is stacked, but the Badgers have a long tradition of producing excellent running backs, a loaded offensive line and a history of recruiting kids from Tatum’s high school so I could definitely see them getting into a final decision group with him.