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!
- 2022 3-star DT/DE Kaleb Artis (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) out of St. Francis Prep announced, via his Twitter account on Tuesday, that he received an offer from the Wisconsin Badgers. Artis already has over a dozen offers including ones from Boston College, Indiana, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Pitt, Rutgers, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and others.
Entering his junior year, Artis stands 6-foot-5 and weighs right around 270 pounds and with his frame he could add another 25-30 pounds and still be an effective player. He is listed as a DT on both recruiting sites but on his Hudl tape he plays mostly DE. We have reached out to Artis to see where the Badgers are recruiting him.
Currently rated as a 3-star prospect by the 247 Composite, but a 4-star by Rivals, Artis is the No. 386 player overall and No. 33 DT in the nation while also being the No. 2 player in the state of New York.
I really like Artis’ ability to chase plays down and make tackles on the opposite side of the field. He shows no quit in that regard and on his Hudl tape he makes a number of tackles by following the play down the line of scrimmage. He is athletic for a big man too and makes his way into the backfield regularly. I am not a #tapegrinder so I may be a bit off in this observation (and I’d love to hear peoples’ thoughts in the comments), but it seems like his technique could use some work, both with his hands and with how upright he plays.
His offer list is tough, but not unbeatable, and the Badgers have had some recent success in the northeast recently with TE Cam Large (Connecticut), WR Skyler Bell (New York) and RB Jalen Berger (New Jersey) all joining the team in the 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes so I would expect them to hang around in the recruitment of Artis.