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Wisconsin football recruiting: UW makes four more cutdown lists

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Although the Badgers do miss out on a pair of players they were in contention for.

NCAA Football: Brigham Young at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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!

Badgers make cutdown lists

  • 2022 3-star CB Isaiah Bond (Buford, Ga.) has Wisconsin in his top-five that he announced recently. The other four schools are Pitt, Miami (Fla.), Georgia and Alabama. The Hurricanes seem to be the favorite here but it’s hard to count on Georgia with an in-state kid or, to be perfectly honest, ‘Bama with a Georgia kid.
  • 2022 3-star CB A’Khoury Lyde (Wayne, N.J.) put out a top-12 list that included the Badgers recently. The other 11 schools are Boston College, Maryland, Michigan State, Duke, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Liberty and Pitt. UW could always use more athletes in the defensive backfield and Lyde seems like he’s a player that could blow up still.
  • 2022 4-star DT Nick James (Prattville, Ala.) who plays at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) included the Badgers in his recently announced top-12. The other 11 schools are South Carolina, Oregon, Ohio State, Alabama, Southern Cal, Penn State, Arizona, Florida, UCF, Georgia and Texas A&M. That’s a pretty stacked group and it may be hard for the Badgers to stand out.
  • 2022 4-star DT KJ Miles, Jr. (Jersey City, N.J.) announced his top-seven schools recently and the Badgers made the cut for the highly sought after lineman. The other six schools that made his cut are Georgia Tech, Georgia, Texas, Southern Cal, Penn State and Virginia. It’s nice to see that even though UW has a new defensive line coach players are responding to him (Ross Kolodziej) and still like the program. Needless to say, Miles would be a huge get for Wisconsin.

Headed elsewhere

  • 2022 3-star DT Kwan Williams (Owings Mills, Md.) who had a Wisconsin offer and was considered to be a Penn State lean ended up choosing to attend Boston College last week. Defensive tackle is a position that the Badgers need to address in this class, so expect to see a lot more about the various prospects they are pursuing.
  • On Tuesday afternoon, 2022 4-star OLB Joshua Burnham (Traverse City, Mich.) chose Notre Dame out of his top-three schools that also included Michigan and Wisconsin. While the Badgers were certainly in the mix here it had been thought for some time that he was going to end up with the Fighting Irish, so this announcement isn’t a huge surprise. UW also doesn’t NEED an OLB in this class so they can afford to take a few home run swings at the position.