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!
- 2023 unranked CB Jack Tchienchou (Atlanta) out of St. Pius X High School received his first scholarship offer on Tuesday from cornernback’s coach Hank Poteat and the Wisconsin Badgers. According to his Rivals profile he has been receiving interest from Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Liberty, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
Standing at 5-foot-10 and weighing 170 pounds, Tchienchou is already pretty close to being a Big Ten corner if you’re just looking at his frame. The Badgers have already offered a trio of corners in the 2023 class and it is interesting to see what sort of prospects Poteat is going to be pursuing.
There is no other word to use to describe Tchienchou than “excitement.” He opens his Hudl tape with a punt return for a touchdown and then there are multiple pick sixes, 50+ yard kick returns and receiving/rushing scores. He has excellent ball skills and has a good ability to battle larger wideouts and force incompletions. He could be a potential multi-year starter as a returner too. Hopefully being his first offer will mean something because I could easily see his recruitment blow up.
- 2022 3-star S Jake Pope (Buford, Ga.) out of Buford High School received an offer from the Badgers on Tuesday, per Pope’s Twitter page. Pope has over 30 offers from a wide variety of schools, but Alabama, UNC, Notre Dame and Ohio State have separated themselves from the pack and he has official visits set up at all four schools. Pope has a fifth official visit he can use, so if Wisconsin can make up ground quickly in his recruitment perhaps they can get him on campus.
Buford stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs around 190 pounds. Per the 247 Composite he is ranked as the No. 375 player and No. 23 safety in the country. He is also listed as the No. 35 player in the Peach State. 247 is higher on him than the rest of the industry, as they have him listed as a 4-star and the No. 18 safety in the nation.
Pope has some wiggle to him as a returner as well! You love to see it. He’s also a physical safety that is not afraid to lower the boom on a runner and he also tackles well in space. As a wideout he runs pretty decent routes and appears to have soft hands, which is a nice quality for him to have in terms of forcing turnovers.
It may be tough for UW to get into this race but hopefully Jim Leonhard can work some magic here.