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!
Badgers targets receive official offers
- On August 1st, college football teams were allowed to send out official written offers to the 2021 prospects they have been recruiting. The Wisconsin Badgers were no different and a large number of prospects tweeted out that they had been sent official offers from UW.
Truly blessed to have received my official scholarship offer today!! Words can’t explain how excited I am to get to work and be apart of one of the best programs in college football!! #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/VmgCxwMlnv— Darryl Peterson (@_DPETERSON10) August 1, 2020
Besides EDGE Darryl Peterson, committed prospects ILB Bryan Sanborn, CB Ricardo Hallman and DE/OLB Ayo Adebogun also tweeted their official offers. Of note, uncommitted WR Skyler Bell, who is the top wideout on Wisconsin’s board for 2021, also tweeted his official Wisconsin offer.
247Sports’ Evan Flood ran into OT Riley Mahlman at a grassroots hoops tournament in the Twin Cities over the weekend, and his choice of quarter zip would indicate that he’s still all in for Wisconsin.
Top target moves back commitment date
- 2021 4-star OLB Yanni Karlaftis (West Lafayette, Ind.) is one of the top remaining targets for the Badgers in 2021 and he was scheduled to announce his commitment on Saturday, August 9th. That has changed now according to Karlaftis’ tweet on Monday night.
As i continue to evaluate the incredible opportunities i’ve been given, I have decided to move back my commitment date to a later time. Stay tuned— Yanni Karlaftis (@therealYK_14) August 3, 2020
Karlaftis, whose older brother George was a freshman all-American at Purdue last year, has a final four of Wisconsin, Purdue, Cal and Oregon but most people think the Boilermakers and Badgers are the teams to beat. Steve Wiltfong, one of the national recruiting experts at 247Sports, notes that Karlaftis wants to take his time and visit some of his top choices again ($).