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!
- 2022 unranked TE JT Seagreaves (Monroe) out of Monroe High School received an offer from the Badgers on Friday afternoon, according to his Twitter account. He currently has another offer from Illinois State and has been receiving interest from Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State and North Dakota among others. He also has a number of D-II basketball offers.
Extremely Blessed and grateful to have received an offer from the University of Wisconsin! Thank you to @PaulChrystWISC @CoachTurnerUW @CoachHaering @efjohnson1972 and @BadgerFootball ⚪️ #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/YCB1XdrYxV— JTSeagreaves (@JtSeagreaves) June 11, 2021
The 6-foot-5, or 6-foot-6, and 220 pound prospect is unranked by all the major recruiting services but has been receiving a lot of positive buzz while on the summer camp circuit. He visited or camped at UW twice last week and set up an official visit for the weekend of June 17-19. Both Evan Flood at 247 Sports and Jon McNamara at Rivals have put in predictions for Seagreaves to end up a Badger, so we could be on commitment watch when he takes his official visit.
If you’ve been following recruiting closely you’ve probably noticed that there has been some drama surrounding the tight end position in this cycle. For a long time Micah Riley-Drucker (Bellevue, Neb.) was thought to be the favorite to land the one tight end spot in this class, but then he cancelled his official visit as the Badgers seemed to cool on him. Then in-state TE Andrew Keller (Waunakee), who has been a fairly strong Iowa lean, decided that he was going to take an official visit to UW. He worked out in front of Paul Chryst and Mickey Turner with Seagreaves but left without an offer.
So. Now it would appear that Seagreaves is atop UW’s board at tight end! Let’s take a look at his tape.
A lot of his highlights are on defense, but you can clearly see that he is an excellent athlete. He uses his large frame the shield defenders from the ball and he has the frame to add even more weight to make him more of a problem on the field. I also watched his basketball highlights (and he’s a good player on the hardwood too!) and that just furthered the narrative that he is a superior athlete. He gets to the rim with ease and finishes through contact.
Very very very excited by what I’ve seen from 2022 6’6, 220 lb. Monroe passcatcher @JtSeagreaves. He clocked a 4.62 and 4.5 on the 40, is all of 6’6, 210+, and can change direction and get vertical in a hurry. I’m pumped to watch him during 1 on 1s @PrepRedzoneWI pic.twitter.com/ErdI8MVYx5— PrepRedzone Oliver (@OliverJamesWes1) May 23, 2021
Seagreaves also runs track at Monroe so there aren’t any concerns about his speed. With this offer in hand, one could safely assume that Seagreaves might be committing next weekend when he takes his official visit. However, with all of the twists and turns in UW’s tight end recruiting this year it is unsafe to assume anything here.