According to Evan Flood of 247 Sports, the Badgers have added a familiar name to their 2022 recruiting class.
3-star offensive lineman Barrett Nelson of Stoughton committed to the Badgers on Saturday during his official visit to Madison. Nelson followed his brother offensive lineman Jack Nelson — who is in his second-year with the program — and his father who also played for UW.
Barrett was offered on April 17 and immediately was seen as a Badger lean because of that family tradition. After a visit the weekend of July 17th, the 6-foot-6 and 255-pound lineman committed while he was still in town.
Barrett also received offers from Nebraska, Iowa State and Purdue. He also received interest from Michigan and Iowa.
While Barrett is likely more of a project than his brother Jack in terms of immediately being ready for a starting spot, he has a great frame to add on some good weight with the Badgers vaunted O-Line factory — as running backs coach Gary Brown would call it.
As Drew noted when Barrett was first offered, Barrett looks like he has potential and has that bit of nastiness in knocking people over that we love to see in offensive lineman, but he might not have a ton of experience pass blocking based on his highlights.
Barrett’s commitment means that Wisconsin has one of the in-state offensive lineman they are going after on the 2022 recruiting trail. The Badgers are still very much in the hunt for other top lineman in the state like 4-star lineman Joe Brunner, 4-star lineman Carson Hinzman and 4-star Billy Schrauth — who are the first, second and third ranked players in the state (though there was chatter Schrauth might get switched to the D-line if he comes to Madison).
Wisconsin now has two players in their 2022 class with Nelson joining 3-star QB Myles Burkett on the offensive side of the ball. Hopefully this gets the ball rolling and we get a couple of rapid fire commitments this weekend.