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
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
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
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
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
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
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!