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 CB James Monds III (Fort Pierce, Fla.) out of Fort Pierce Westwood High School announced on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that he had received an offer from the Wisconsin Badgers. Monds has over 30 offers including from Clemson, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and many others. 247Sports has one Crystal Ball prediction already for the Spartans, but Monds told Jon McNamara at Rivals ($) that he was still working on cutting down his list of schools.
Monds stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 170 pounds and outside of his football school was first team all-area on the futbol pitch, scoring 21 goals and adding seven assists last season. Rated as the No. 506 player in the country by the 247 Composite, he’s also the No. 49 CB in the country. His family is chock full of former D-1 football players including his father, uncle (who also played for the Steelers) and multiple cousins. One of those cousins is Jameson Wright, former Badgers safety, who Monds tells McNamara “liked it” in Madison.
The Hudl tape for Monds is impressive and notes that he had five picks, 16 passes broken up, two forced fumbles and 15 tackles as a sophomore last year.
This kid just makes plays. There are multiple highlights of him returning punts for touchdowns, returning interceptions for touchdowns and blocking extra points. It is quite impressive. He also shows great instincts for the ball by abandoning his man and going where the quarterback is throwing it to make a play.
Judging by his social media activity over the past day, he definitely seems interested in Wisconsin and the Badgers long history of producing all-conference defensive backs from Florida is probably also helping.