The Wisconsin Badgers football team has been scorching hot on the recruiting trail of late, adding five commitments in the past week for the 2022 class. It appears as though the Badgers might not be done in the month of June though, with one more official visit weekend on tap starting this Friday and a handful of top targets nearing a decision.
Let’s examine all of the major happenings across Wisconsin football recruiting and preview this upcoming weekend.
After hosting a multitude of prospects earlier this month, the Badges have begun to see the fruits of their labor recently. However, this weekend represents another big chance to bolster their 2022 class as two official visitors are expected on campus.
Vinny Anthony, WR, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, Louisville, Ky.
Anthony is ranked as a three-star by both 247 Sports and Rivals with a composite that lists him as the No. 106 WR in the class. He is coming off of official visits to Cincinnati, Duke and Western Kentucky, as well as unofficial trips to Louisville and Michigan State.
While his current rating or offer list do not jump off the page, his junior film which highlights 34 catches, 539 yards, and 539 yards is pretty strong. He does not display overly polished route-running skills or breakaway speed, but he does appear to have great hands and a knack for hauling in contested passes. While oftentimes overlooked in wide receiver highlights, he does show a willingness to block which is an important aspect of being a wide-out with the Badgers.
As things stand the Badgers are probably the leader in Anthony’s recruitment making this weekend’s trip important in his recruitment. Add in the fact that Tommy McIntosh already nabbed one of the wide receiver spots in this class, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him secure his place here shortly.
Does he become a Badger: Yes. I think that unless Anthony’s offer list dramatically changes in the coming days he will eventually land with UW.
James Monds III, CB, 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, Fort Pierce, Fla.
The other official visitor on campus is James Monds. The Badgers have had noted success in recruiting cornerbacks from the southeast portion of Florida and Monds fits that mold to a T.
Monds is a twitchy cornerback prospect that is also a standout soccer player. On film he demonstrates an ability to make plays all over the field, coming away with five interceptions, 16 pass breakups, and also adding three touchdowns off of returns. His ability to track and make a play on the ball really stands out in particular. He would definitely be a great addition to the cornerback room but the Badgers are not alone in hoping to land Monds.
Listed as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports and Rivals, he currently has a really impressive offer list that spans the country. Nebraska, the same place his uncle played, is supposedly the leader for his services after an official visit to Lincoln earlier this month, but the Badgers have been involved from the beginning so UW shouldn’t be counted out. Indiana also welcomed Monds on campus for an official visit last weekend, while schools like Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Penn State among others have offered.
Expect Wisconsin to try to shift momentum in his recruitment in their favor, otherwise, I think he is likely to land at either Nebraska or Indiana.
Does he become a Badger: I doubt it. I know the Badgers really like him, but does he end up at Nebraska? Does he potentially lose his spot if Avyonne Jones and/or Caleb Coley makes a decision soon in favor of Wisconsin? I think cornerback recruiting is fairly fluid right now, but there are a lot of solid players that could easily wind up in this class. I like where the Badgers are at with Jones and Coley better right now, so I’ll guess Monds ends up elsewhere.
Defensive lineman Curtis Neal is also set to make a commitment announcement this weekend. The highly regarded lineman is scheduled to choose between Wisconsin and Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.
As things stand the Badgers are in a great position to potentially add his commitment, so fans should tune in then.
Looking at the man I’m becoming it’s getting scary pic.twitter.com/rY7nOOg28l— Curtis Neal (@CurtisNeal97) June 6, 2021
The in-state group in the 2022 class is phenomenally strong, and the Badgers appear to be trending towards a potentially massive haul in the next few days/weeks as many of the states top prospects wrap up their visits this weekend.
If you track 247 Crystal Balls and Rivals Forecasts regularly, you will notice that momentum seems to be in favor of Wisconsin for Joe Brunner, Carson Hinzman, Billy Schrauth (!!!) and Isaac Hamm. All four prospects are four-star players that would immediately raise the recruiting standing of the class in quick fashion, and were all on campus together the first weekend of June.
Nothing is definitively imminent, but the Badgers seem to be trending in the right direction in each of their highly contested recruitments. Something to keep an eye on as official visit season concludes.