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The virtual Badgers success on the field has also led to some success on the recruiting trail.

The undefeated Wisconsin Badgers have been on a hot streak since the season started and now the results are paying off on the recruiting trail. Until this past week’s victory over Iowa, the Badgers only had one commit (4-star ATH D.J. Bailey) but now they have added six new players to the class of 2014 (2020? I don’t know how this works).

There are six B1G teams ranked in the top-20, with the Penn State Nittany Lions having the No. 1 class in the country right now. Minnesota (???) is No. 3, Michigan is No. 5, Northwestern (??????) is No. 11, the Badgers are No. 12 and Michigan State is No. 16. I did a little digging since Ohio State was missing from the list and they’ve only signed one player so far (a 5-star) which is why they aren’t rated more highly.

Here is a breakdown of the six new players that verbally committed to the Badgers.

Steve Parrish, 4-star QB

6-foot-4
220 pounds
Atmore, Ala.
No. 13 QB in the nation

Other top interests: Mississippi State, Oregon, South Carolina, Vanderbilt

For a “balanced” QB, Parrish has nice speed, agility and rushing moves ratings. Needs to improve his accuracy and is a prime redshirt candidate.

Charles Butler, 3-star OLB

6-foot-4
214 pounds
Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.
No. 83 OLB in the nation

Other top interests: Tennessee, Florida State, Cal, Texas A&M

Definitely a project, but has the right frame to add some weight and hopefully retain his speed.

Ryan Burns, 3-star MLB

6-foot-3
224 pounds
Radnor, Pa.
No. 52 MLB in the nation

Other top interests: Ole Miss, Minnesota, Arkansas, Michigan State

Another redshirt candidate at linebacker who has great speed, decent tackling and needs some work on just about everything else.

Blake Singleton, 4-star RB

5-foot-10
202 pounds
Alvin, Texas
No. 29 RB

Other top interests: Miami (Fla.), Clemson, Florida State, Washington

Singleton is an athletic back with decent ability out of the backfield. Useless in pass blocking scenarios, he will also be redshirted. Kind of a disappointing 4-star RB if we’re keeping it a buck.

Kevin Griffin, 4-star DE

6-foot-2
252 pounds
Fayetteville, Tenn.
No. 25 DE

Other top interests: Oregon, Miami (Fla.), Florida State, Southern Cal

Griffin has the frame and ability to step right into the defensive line rotation as a freshman and I am excited to see what he can do on the field. This is our highest rated recruit so far.

Jacob Herron, 3-star ATH

6-foot-2
259 pounds
Gainesville, Texas
No. 52 ATH

Other top interests: Illinois, Iowa, Cal, Florida State

Herron projects as a mammoth fullback at the next level. If I’m remembering correctly, if an ATH projects as a FB his overall rating usually goes up a couple of points when you pick that position. Love his ridiculously high “catch in traffic” rating for all those deep balls we’ll be throwing up to our nearly 260 pound fullback. WHEEL ROUTES BABYYYYYYYYYYY!