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!
- 247Sports updated their Top247 rankings for the class of 2021 on Wednesday and none of the Wisconsin Badgers commits made very big moves.
No. 16, 5-star OT, Nolan Rucci; no change
No. 51, 4-star OT, Riley Mahlman; no change
No. 105, 4-star OT, JP Benzschawel; no change
No. 161, 4-star TE, Jack Pugh; down one spot
No. 190, 4-star S, Hunter Wohler; down three spots
No. 222, 4-star OLB/DE, TJ Bollers; down four spots
No. 246, 4-star QB, Deacon Hill; down four spots
However, just on the outside of the Top247 list is newly minted 4-star OLB Darryl Peterson (Akron, Ohio) out of Archbishop Hoban High School. Midwest recruiting analyst Allen Trieu mentioned in a post on Wednesday ($) that: “We were hoping we would get to see him do some of that in a camp, but what that opportunity no longer in the cards, we felt the game film has shown enough bend, get-off and change of direction there to feel comfortable with that move.”
With Peterson receiving his fourth star, the Badgers now have nine 4-star players in their 2021 class and are ranked No. 13 overall in the 247 standalone rankings and No. 3 in the Big Ten, behind only Michigan (by two measly points) and Ohio State