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!
- 2023 4-star OT Chase Bisontis (Ramsey, N.J.) out of powerhouse Don Bosco Prep received an offer from Joe Rudolph and the Badgers late last week. Bisontis has over 30 offers already, including from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Southern Cal, Texas, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech among many others.
Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing 290 pounds, Bisontis already has a Big Ten ready frame. He is ranked as the No. 39 player and No. 3 OT in the country by the 247 Composite as well as the top player in the Garden State. It should definitely noted that he is ranked as the No. 69 player in the nation by the 247 Sports standalone rankings. Neither of the major recruiting sites have any predictions in for Bisontis, but based on his offer list this is going to be a major, national fight for his services.
Bistontis is, to put it politely, a people mover. Based on his tape it looks like he could play at either tackle or guard at the next level, which I’m sure has Rudolph salivating. I am by no means an offensive line scout, but Bisontis has a lot of traits I think any team would want. He plays violently and to the whistle. He finishes all of his blocks regardless of which direction the play is going. He seems to relish contact, especially in pass protection where it looks like he’s almost waiting for the defensive lineman to get within arms reach so he can punch him in the chest.
No idea where Wisconsin may rank on his personal list, but hopefully as the Badgers start churning out more NFL o-linemen he’ll give UW a long look.
- 2023 unranked LB Tyler Jansey (Batavia, Ill.) out of Batavia High School impressed Wisconsin at camp last week and earned an offer. He currently only holds offers from UW, Western Michigan and Eastern Illinois, but Rivals notes that he has interest from schools like Iowa, Iowa State and Tennessee among others.
Awesome day in Wisconsin. Madison is a special place. After an amazing talk with Coach Chryst and Coach Bostad, I am extremely honored and thankful to receive an offer from the University of Wisconsin. #OnWisconsin ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/KQQfHmA7tR— Tyler Jansey (@TylerJansey) June 24, 2021
Standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing 215 pounds Jansey had 36 tackles (six for loss) and 5.5 sacks in a six game spring season according to his Hudl tape. I couldn’t tell completely, but it also looked like he forced a fumble too.
I don’t know how apt this comparison might be, but Jansey’s tape reminded me a little bit of Chris Orr of Jake Chaney. While Jansey isn’t “short” in the literal sense, he’s an inch or two undersized for a Big Ten linebacker, but is extremely athletic and fast...like Orr and Chaney. Obviously Jansey could still grow in his remaining two years of high school, but he seems like a good under the radar prospect to get in early on.
As the recent commitment of 3-star DL Curtis Neal shows, who the Badgers offered a scholarship to first, sometimes it pays to be early.