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 3-star (247 Sports only) ATH Alex Mota (Marion, Iowa) out of Marion High School received an offer from the Badgers on Monday, according to his Twitter account. Mota has other offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State and Nebraska with Mizzou and Notre Dame showing some early interest as well.
Standing either 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2 and weighing 175 pounds, Mota plays on both sides of the ball and is being looked at as a defensive back, wide receiver or running back at the next level. 247 Sports has him rated as the No. 30 ATH in the country and the No. 3 player in the state of Iowa. He plays QB for his high school, but doesn’t possess the ideal size or arm strength (currently) that would allow him to play under center at the Power 5 level.
Mota has shocking speed in that there are a couple of plays where it looks like he is in fast forward and the rest of the players on the field are at normal speed. His Hudl page lists a 4.42 40-yard dash time which, if accurate, is EXTREMELY impressive for a high school sophomore.
I don’t know what Mota’s best spot will be in college but he has the type of speed where you just bring him on board and then figure out a position later.
- The Badgers also offered 2023 4-star DE Chandavian Bradley (Platte City, Mo.) out of Platte County High School on Monday. Bradley has 16 offers already with Arizona State, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Penn State on the board. 247 Sports notes that the Fighting Irish and Sooners have jumped out ahead of the pack early.
Bradley is 6-foot-5 or 6-foot-6 and weighs around 210 pounds, meaning he has a nice frame to add a bunch of good weight to play defensive end at the next level. He could also project as an OLB for the Badgers, rushing off the edge in their 3-4 defense. Bradley is rated as the No. 104 player in the country, No. 19 DL and No. 3 player in Missouri by the 247 Composite.
Bradley is quick. He can slither between offensive linemen and be on top of the quarterback basically as soon as the ball is snapped. I don’t know too much about proper defensive line technique, but I don’t think he has developed many pass rush moves because, well, he hasn’t needed to yet. He’ll obviously bulk up as he grows and will get more technically sound too, but the raw talent is very apparent.
The Oklahoma 247 site has a very cool article about Bradley ($) where they note he has myriad interests outside of the football field (including show choir, photography and law school) including on the basketball court...where the Sooners are also recruiting him. Will the Badgers be interested in him for hoops too? I doubt it, but it is something to keep an eye on.