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
- On Tuesday, the Badgers offered Deven Magli (DeForest) a preferred walk-on spot in the 2022 class. Magli, who plays defensive back, has a couple of scholarship offers from D-2 schools as well as from North Dakota.
Magli is 6-foot-1 and weighs around 190 pounds, so he obviously has good size for a defensive back. What stands out the most for him right now, however, is how he has been testing at the various camps he has attended so far this summer. Per his Twitter account, he ran a 4.51 40-yard dash, had a 3.95 pro agility and broad jumped 10.5 feet in Madison. His numbers from camp at South Dakota, listed in the tweet below, were equally as impressive and include a 36-inch vertical.
Last year, in only seven games, Magli had 25 tackles (18 solo, one TFL), two interceptions, six passes defended and two defensive touchdowns. He was also named all-state first team by the AP and the WFCA.
Magli, who also returns punts and kicks and plays wide receiver, is a walking big play for DeForest. If he isn’t taking the ball to the house, he’s doing his damndest to get as many yards as possible. He hits hard and looks to have good instincts as well. While he doesn’t have any FBS offers yet, one can definitely see a number of MAC teams extending offers once they get a look at him.
Will playing for his home state school trump those offers? Probably too early to tell, but Wisconsin might also tell him that he has a path to a scholarship as an upperclassman which could seal the deal for the Badgers.
- Another local prospect received a PWO offer from Wisconsin on Tuesday. Jackson Trudgeon (Madison) out of Edgewood High School is a DB/WR that would also be a part of the 2022 class. As far as I can tell after a brief look at his Twitter account, Trudgeon doesn’t have any scholarship offers yet, but University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minn.) is definitely showing a lot of interest.
After a great camp yesterday, and an even better phone call from @CoachHaering tonight, I am blessed to announce that I have received a PWO Offer from the University of Wisconsin! @BadgerFootball @Crusaders_FB @jimleonhard @Evan_Flood @SportAdvantEDGE @EdgewoodhsS pic.twitter.com/ePTK1tzVFW— Jackson Trudgeon (@jaxtrudgeon) June 9, 2021
Standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing around 180 pounds, I would guess that the Badgers are offering him as a defensive back (most likely safety) but he does look pretty good on offense too. In eight games last year he had 37 catches for 552 yards and eight touchdowns while recording 77 tackles (59 solo) and two picks on defense.
Another athletic kid with a ton of upside, this is another smart PWO offer from the Badgers. Again, I could see Trudgeon receiving offers from FCS schools and maybe get some MAC looks as well, but he literally plays his high school football down the street from Camp Randall so the pull to stay home could be strong.