On Sunday morning the Wisconsin Badgers got some good news on the football recruiting front with the announcement that 3-star WR Skyler Bell (Bronx, N.Y.) of The Taft (Watertown, Conn.) School had chosen UW over offers from Iowa, Virginia Tech and others. Wide receiver was one of the largest remaining needs on Wisconsin’s recruiting board, so it was a big deal that they got their top target.
It sounds like the most effective recruiting tool that the Badgers have in the 2021 class is the group chat that all of the commits have.
They have also been putting the full court press on 5-star OT Nolan Rucci (Warwick, Pa.) and Bell, who had verbally committed mere hours earlier, jumped right in and tweeted at Rucci to join the fun in Madison.
Outside of Bell recruiting others to join him at Wisconsin, a whole bunch of Badgers commits and players were excited after he announced his decision.
Other 2021 commits including ILB Jake Chaney, S Hunter Wohler and DL Mike Jarvis also tweeted out their pleasure with Bell’s choice. However, the two most important players to shout out Bell are his future quarterbacks. Both 2021 commit Deacon Hill and redshirt freshman Graham Mertz are pumped about having Bell on board.
Love your choice of words. Welcome to the party Juice https://t.co/XuBdNGdS8N— Graham Mertz (@GrahamMertz5) August 16, 2020
Bell on having Graham Mertz as the next #Badgers QB:"I talked to @GrahamMertz5 a bunch before my decision. He's a dog. He has the same goals as us, he wants to win a natty. After I committed, he hit me on twitter and I got his number. We are going to build that relationship."— Asher Low (@alow_33) August 16, 2020
You LOVE to see it, friends. Also, Wisconsin legend Anthony Davis chimed in and let Bell know that it is time to get to work. It is great to see former players get involved with recruiting, even in innocuous ways like this, to show potential recruits that they have a support system in place.
As far as national rankings go, the Badgers moved up to No. 17 in both the 247Sports Composite and Rivals standalone rankings. Wisconsin sits one spot higher, at No. 16, in the 247Sports standalone rankings. This would be the highest rated class in the internet recruiting rankings era for the Badgers.