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 ATH Dalton Brooks (Shiner, Texas) out of Shiner High School received an offer from Wisconsin over the weekend. Brooks also has offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, Texas, Texas A&M and others.
Brooks stands about 6-foot-2 and weighs somewhere in the vicinity of 180 pounds. He played wide receiver, running back and safety for his high school team that went 14-0 and won the Texas 2A D-I state championship last season. He is rated as the No. 48 player overall and No. 4 ATH in the nation by the 247 Composite and he is also the No. 9 player in the state of Texas.
His stats from last season are pretty eye-popping to be perfectly honest. He rushed the ball 86 times for 1,059 yards (12.3 ypc) and 16 touchdowns while catching 10 passes for 346 (34.6 ypc lmaoooooo) yards and five touchdowns. On defense, he had 98 tackles (six TFL), eight passes broken up, three picks and one touchdown.
That...is an impressive highlight tape. Brooks is FAST, can change direction quickly on offense and is a heat seeking missile on defense. Being a “big back” there are a couple of plays where he breaks tackles or runs over defenders but most of the time? He doesn’t have to because he has already run past everyone.
He shows great body control on deep balls and good footwork by the sidelines. He is able to high point the ball and box out defenders too. Hell, he even returned a kick for a touchdown last year. This dude does it all.
According to his 247 profile, his cousin Jonathan Brooks is a running back at Texas currently, so there is a family connection for the Longhorns. He doesn’t have any favorites listed, and I’d love to see him visit Madison, but with an offer list like he has it might be tough for UW to stay in this race.