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!
Official visits to Madison
- The Badgers, along with every other team in the nation, missed out on hosting prospects on official visits over the past year due to COVID-19 and while this affected everyone equally in theory, UW was probably hurt more than most by this. A lot of kids from outside the upper midwest don’t realize that Madison is a real city and is situated between two beautiful lakes and...well, you get the point. Why would you know what Madison is like if you’re from Florida? This is why getting players on campus this summer is paramount for Wisconsin’s future recruiting success.
The weekend of June 17-20 is shaping up to be one of the biggest weekends of the year for the 2022 recruiting class. 3-star QB commit Myles Burkett (Franklin) was already scheduled to be on campus that weekend and now we are starting to hear about others who are coming to town as well.
2022 4-star TE Micah Riley-Drucker (Bellevue, Neb.) will be joining Burkett on campus in June after taking an unofficial visit to Madison in March. The 6-foot-6 and 235 pound TE is a top of the board target for UW and has been for some time.
Wisconsin Official June 17-20 pic.twitter.com/CVFyOhRd9B— - (@micah_r_d) April 6, 2021
He has already scheduled all five of his official visits, with Wisconsin right in the middle. The two weekends before coming to Madison he’ll visit Iowa State and Auburn and in the week after he’ll visit Tennessee and Iowa.
A player whose offer we missed a few weeks ago, 2022 3-star DT Quentel Jones (Fort Valley, Ga.) out of Peach County High School announced that he’ll also be in Madison June 17-20. Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 285 pounds, Jones is already built like a college lineman.
@BadgerFootball pic.twitter.com/fAvnIL3Vc4— Quentel jones (@QuentelJones) April 6, 2021
According to his 247 profile page, he is listed as being “warm” on Arkansas but so far only has official visits scheduled for the Badgers and then Tennessee the weekend after he’s in Madison.
Badgers make another cut down list
- 2022 4-star WR Dane Key (Lexington, Ky.) out of Frederick Douglass High School announced his top-10 schools last week and the Badgers made the cut. The other nine schools are Arkansas, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Oregon, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Virginia and Kentucky.
Top 10 Blessed to have the opportunity to compete at the next level thanks to all the Universities who recruited me @ravens219 @nic0lekey @Dev2Key pic.twitter.com/GwX8xTWJN2— Dane Key (@DaneKey12) March 28, 2021
UK, South Carolina and Oregon are the three teams listed as “warm” on 247 but it’s exciting that Wisconsin is still in the mix for a talented playmaker like this.