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 4-star (Rivals only) DT Domonique Orange (Kansas City, Mo.) out of North Kansas City High School announced on Wednesday morning that he had received an offer from Paul Chryst and the Wisconsin Badgers. Orange has offers from Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Texas A&M, the in-state Missouri Tigers and the just out of state Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats.
Blessed to receive an offer from The University Of Wisconsin!! ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/UxShkYtfiL— Domonique Orange (@OrangeDomonique) September 9, 2020
Orange is, literally, a massive prospect. He already weighs 300 pounds and stands 6-foot-3 or 6-foot-4 depending on your recruiting service of choice. His Hudl page says he can bench 405 pounds and squat 550 pounds already so I’d imagine college strength coaches are salivating at getting him in their programs. He hasn’t been scouted by 247Sports yet, but Rivals has him as the No. 199 player and No. 12 DT in the country while being the No. 6 prospect in Missouri.
It is hard to properly evaluate someone like Orange who is so much bigger than his opponents, but there are a couple of things to really like about his game. He’s extremely strong, often bringing down ball carriers with one hand after having beaten a double team. He’s pretty quick for a kid his size, especially in small spaces in the backfield on reverses and counters.
It doesn’t seem like Orange has any particular favorites right now on the trail and based on these last two offers the Badgers have handed out a nose tackle is high on their 2022 priority list, so I think they’ll be trying hard to get him on campus as soon as possible.