Several of Wisconsin's 2013 verbal commits started their journey toward one day playing in Camp Randall Stadium in late November, before they will sign their letters of intent in February. WIAA state playoffs started this past week, and six of Wisconsin's 18 known verbals are in-state recruits, with five competing to get to Madison. All five of them with their respective teams advanced to the second round this weekend.
All five #Badgers in-state commits won their opening round playoff game, winning the four games a combined 172-to-12.— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) October 26, 2013
WIAA Division 1
George Panos and Billy Hirschfeld -- Arrowhead High School (Hartland)
As the No. 1 seed in the Group B bracket for Division 1, Arrowhead did not disappoint in a dominant 56-0 performance versus Milwaukee Washington. The Warhawks led 50-0 at halftime as Hirschfeld, Panos and company scored four times on the ground. Next up for Arrowhead is No. 4 seed Manitowac Lincoln at home next weekend.
Craig Evans -- Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie)
Another No. 1 seed in Division 1, the Cardinals overwhelmed Milwaukee Hamilton in Group C with seven first-half touchdowns and cruised to a 49-0 victory. Sun Prairie averaged 8 yards per carry rushing, as the four-star Evans had four total tackles on defense for the Cardinals, who gear up to face No. 5 Mukwonago and another Badgers verbal, Dominic Cizauskas.
Dominic Cizauskas -- Mukwonago High School (Mukwonago)
Mukwonago blanked No. 4 Madison La Follette 25-0 on the road to advance to face the Cardinals next weekend in Group C. Leading just 6-0 at halftime, Mukwonago scored 19 in the second half to seal the win. Oddly enough, all four of their extra point attempts were unsuccessful.
Conor Sheehy -- Marquette University (Milwaukee)
As the No. 2 seed in Group D, the Hilltoppers dismantled No. 7 Milwaukee Riverside 42-14 at home. Marquette rolled up 219 yards through the air with another 177 on the ground. They face No. 3 Badger (Lake Geneva) High School at home again this weekend.
WIAA Division 3
Jaden Gault -- Monona Grove High School (Monona)
The ESPN 150 Athlete helped lead his top-ranked Silver Eagles to a 42-14 victory over No. 8 Milton, 42-14, at home in Group D play. Gault was apparently healthy in turning in a stellar performance. Monona Grove now plays No. 4 seed Edgerton at home again this upcoming weekend.
Overall, the 2014 class for Wisconsin has 18 verbal commits and is now ranked in the top 25 by both Fox Sports Next/Scout and 247 Sports (both at 25th), while Rivals has the Badgers 27th.