A part of the feature of Gary Andersen's class was that theWisconsin Badgers got commitments from New Jersey to the American Samoa. It was a good 8,000 miles the previous administration covered.
But as the administration changed, some holes appeared in the process. The Badgers gave some prospects the fadeaway, and some prospects? Well, some prospects were just waiting for the shoe to drop.
Enter Elu Aydon, the three-star defensive tackle from Pago Pago, in the American Samoa. The Badgers' former defensive line coach and Aydon's primary recruiter, Chad Kahua'aha'a, joined Gary Andersen at Oregon State, and it would make perfect sense for the Beavers to target Aydon. The Badgers didn't give up without a fight, as both Dave Aranda and Inoke Breckterfield, as well as Ben Strickland, made contact with Aydon, but ultimately a closer flight and the coach who discovered him proved to be enough to get the flip.
At this point, the Badgers are in hang-on mode. They're still in battles with Jake Pickard and Nate Howard, they're locked in with Olive Sagapolu at tackle and the versatility of David Pfaff and Kraig Howe along the line. It could still be a good class, the only question is how well the Badgers are going to close.