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Wisconsin football recruiting: new Rivals rankings for 2022 class released

Plus, some other football recruiting news!

NCAA Football: Georgia State at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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 Rivals250 released

  • The class of 2022 is a long ways off from signing their national letters of intent, but the competition for verbal commitments from these rising juniors has already been a hotly contested battle. It is always nice to know where you stand amongst your peers and the release of the Rivals250 list for the class of 2022 gives everyone from players to coaches a baseline for which prospects are rated where.

The Wisconsin Badgers only have one 2022 commit so far, in-state 4-star S Braelon Allen (Fond du Lac), but he is now rated as the No. 85 player in the country according to Rivals. Allen has been vocal about getting the rest of the in-state Super Six to join him in Madison, so it’s nice to see him with such a high ranking as quality players want to play with other quality players.

There are four other in-state players on the list (DE Isaac Hamm of Sun Prairie is rated as a high 3-star and just missed the cut) starting with 4-star OT Joe Brunner (Whitefish Bay) at No. 47. He is, and will remain, one of the top players on the Badgers board and would be another in a long line of excellent in-state o-linemen to join the program.

Speaking of offensive linemen, at No. 102 and No. 105 Rivals has Carson Hinzman (Hammond) and Billy Schrauth (Fond du Lac) respectively. Hinzman is the top rated center in the nation while Schrauth is the second rated guard.

The last of the Super Six is Penn State commit, 4-star TE/WR Jerry Cross (Milwaukee) who is rated as the No. 248 player in the land. Pretty solid year for the Wisconsin prep football players if I do say so myself.

There are also a whole host of players in the Rivals250 that the Badgers have offered. The top ranked player they’ve offered is DT Travis Shaw (Greensboro, N.C.) who is the No. 7 player in the nation. He already weighs 325 pounds and stands 6-foot-6. Players like that should just be allowed to go straight to college, holy hell what a monster!

Here are the rest of the uncommitted players that Wisconsin has offered:

  • No. 9, WR Luther Burden, St. Louis, Mo.
  • No. 23, WR CJ Williams, Santa Ana, Calif.
  • No. 35, DE Caden Curry, Greenwood, Ind.
  • No. 59, RB Gavin Sawchuk, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
  • No. 70, WR Tyler Morris, LaGrange Park, Ill.
  • No. 97, LB Sebastian Cheeks, Evanston, Ill.
  • No. 112, RB Nicholas Singleton, Shillington, Pa.
  • No. 115, RB Omarion Hampton, Clayton, N.C.
  • No. 146, RB Gi’Bran Payne, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • No. 174, RB Damari Alston, College Park, Ga.
  • No. 176, RB Michael Allen, Greenville, N.C.
  • No. 180, WR Kojo Antwi, Suwanee, Ga.
  • No. 182, WR Isaiah Horton, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • No. 186, LB Joshua Burnham, Traverse City, Mich.
  • No. 187, OLB Teva Tafiti, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • No. 195, RB Kaytron Allen, Bradenton, Fla.
  • No. 197, DT Curtis Neal, Cornelius, N.C.
  • No. 210, S Cristian Driver, Argyle, Texas
  • No. 212, WR Sam Mbake, Snellville, Ga.
  • No. 243, ATH Samuel Brown, Wyndmoor, Pa.
  • No. 247, ATH Dillon Tatum, West Bloomfield, Mich.

All-American honors for Hunter Wohler

  • 2021 4-star S Hunter Wohler (Muskego) received a high honor on Tuesday, being named to the 2020 All-USA high school football preseason team. You will also notice a certain 5-star OL on the list who may or may not have a brother who plays TE for the Badgers.

All-Iowa honors for TJ Bollers

  • 2021 4-star OLB TJ Bollers (Tiffin, Iowa) was named one of the top-eight players in the state by the Des Moines Register this week.

Florida man pissed at other Florida men

  • Apparently there are 50 better players in South Florida this year than Badgers commit 3-star CB Ricardo Hallman (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) but damn if he isn’t going to try and make everyone regret omitting him from the list.