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Wisconsin football recruiting: 2022 TE receives an offer

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Micah Riley out of Bellevue, Neb. is the latest prospect to be offered by the Badgers

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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 (or more often since we are in Uncertain Times and there aren’t actual sports going on) 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!

New offer

  • 2022 TE (3-star on 247, 4-star on Rivals) Micah Riley (Bellevue, Neb.) out of Bellevue West High School received an offer from Paul Chryst and Mickey Turner to play for the Wisconsin Badgers. Riley has offers from a dozen schools including Arizona State, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon and Penn State.

Riley stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs somewhere in the 220 pound range, giving him an ideal frame for a B1G tight end. He is not yet rated by the 247 Sports Composite, but he is the No. 21 TE and No. 3 player in Nebraska according to 247 Sports and has a 5.8 rating on Rivals. He caught 17 passes for 219 yards (and a couple of touchdowns) as a sophomore.

Riley is an enthusiastic blocker, which you really love to see. He drives defenders downfield and seems to relish each opportunity to put his man in the dirt. Riley is also tough to tackle, although that may be a byproduct of him being bigger than most of the people trying to tackle him. It’s hard to tell how refined his route running is, but he can play standing up and split out wide or with his hand in the dirt.

His high school classmate, and current Badgers basketball commit, Chucky Hepburn is already putting the screws to him, so hopefully Wisconsin can jump right into this race and get Riley on campus this fall.