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!
New PWO offers
- 2022 ATH/WR Evan Redding (Menomonee Falls) out of Menomonee Falls High School was one of a trio of players to receive a preferred walk-on offer from the Badgers on Wednesday. He has a scholarship offer from North Dakota and, according to Rivals, has interest from Dartmouth, Illinois State and Ohio. He also chose an EXCELLENT picture of The Don for his tweet announcing the offer.
His Hudl tape says that he had 546 yards of total offense and 12 touchdowns during his junior season. He also plays defensive back in high school and it is unclear as to where the Badgers see him playing in college.
Standing at either 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11 and weighing around 165 pounds, I kind of like Redding as a wideout who can take jet sweeps and run tough between the tackles on those plays like a Kendric Pryor type player.
- Another versatile prospect, 2022 ATH Cody Cotton (Union Grove) out of Union Grove High School received a PWO on Wednesday too. After looking over his Twitter account it appears that the only scholarship offer he has right now is to UW-River Falls.
Cotton plays WR and DB for Union Grove and standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing around 170 pounds he has good size for either spot. His Hudl profile notes that he had five touchdowns and two interceptions in four games in his shortened junior season.
His Hudl profile also lists that he runs a 4.41 40-yard dash and while I don’t know if that is a laser-timed mark, he does play fast. He definitely looks like a high-upside project that the Badgers could turn into a useful contributor by the time he is an upperclassman.
- 2022 3-star (247 Sports only) LB Luna Larson (Baraboo) out of Baraboo High School is the final PWO offer that was sent out on Wednesday and is, arguably, the most talented of the three players offered. Larson has offers from Air Force, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Columbia, Dartmouth, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, North Dakota and Penn. He is also receiving interest from most of the Big Ten West and some other MAC schools.
Larson is 6-foot-2 and weighs around 215 pounds and is rated as the No. 123 LB in the country by 247 Sports and the No. 12 player in the state of Wisconsin. Seeing as he has a bunch of scholarship interest already, one would assume that this PWO offer has a straight path forward to a scholarship at UW eventually.
According to his highlight tape, Larson had 85 tackles (21 TFL) in nine games while being named AP and WFCA all-state. He also ran for 1,282 yards (8.4 ypc) and 14 touchdowns while throwing for another 785 yards as Baraboo’s starting QB. Larson is a smart, tough player who, in almost any other year, would be a scholarship offer for the Badgers. However, UW has recruited linebackers extremely well over the past two seasons and don’t have room for one in this year’s class. He would, however, be a huge win to get as a walk-on.