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Wisconsin recruiting: 2022 4-star RB Jaydn Ott visiting for Army game

Plus: the Badgers lose out on a top 2023 basketball recruit.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 25 Shamrock Series - Notre Dame v Wisconsin Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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 (sometimes more) 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!

Men’s hoops misses on top 2023 target

  • A mere 10 days after taking an official visit to Madison, 2023 big man Owen Freeman (Bradley, Ill.) has committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes ($). Standing at 6-foot-10 and weighing around 220 pounds, Freeman was a highly coveted player around the Big Ten. Besides Wisconsin: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue offered Freeman as did Butler and Marquette.

The week after Freeman took a visit to Madison, he attended the Iowa/Penn State football game and took his official visit to Iowa City which, quite obviously, he enjoyed greatly. Wisconsin has four known offers out in the class of 2023, including 4-star big man Gus Yalden (Appleton) who plays at IMG Academy in Florida and is high on UW.

Football target heading elsewhere

  • 2023 3-star ATH/RB Kaden Moorman (Frankfort, Ky.) is staying home and announced that he’ll attend the University of Kentucky. The Badgers were the first FBS school to offer Moorman back in June after he camped at UW. According to his 247 profile, only the Badgers, Wildcats and Toledo offered him but he apparently had seen enough and made the call for UK.

I may be misremembering this, but Moorman had a visit to Wisconsin scheduled earlier this season but ended up not coming.

Official visitor heading to Madison

  • 2022 4-star RB Jaydn Ott (Norco, Calif.) will be on campus for the Army game this coming weekend. I know the picture in Belz’s tweet says Oct. 8, but all of the articles I’ve seen have Ott in town for Army and not this past weekend...when the football team was in Illinois.

Anyway, with the departure of three running backs from the team this season due to various reasons, it is now pretty crucial for the Badgers to pick up a tailback in the 2022 class. Ott, who has decommitted from both Cal and Oregon, seems to be high on the Badgers and the Colorado Buffaloes.