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Wisconsin football recruiting: Badgers offer Illinois RB Sam Brodner

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Wisconsin's first post-dead period move to fill the running back position has been made.

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There's been a screaming klaxon for those who have been watching the recruiting for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2016 since the de-commitment of Antonio Williams. Who will the Badgers get to play running back?

While there are plenty of interesting and sleep-ery options for UW at the position, one of the first moves came on Sunday as Wisconsin formally offered Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard West), three-star running back Sam Brodner, according to

Brodner had a big senior season that started with dominant performances at the Opening in Chicago as well as in camp for Wisconsin in June. Unfortunately, the Badgers were pretty well-stocked at linebacker, where he competed at in Madison. But after a season with 47 touchdowns, being awarded Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year, and all that happened with the Badgers at running back later, a new opportunity presented itself when Brodner decommitted from Vanderbilt.

As offers go, you can feel reasonably confident that the Badgers will be the favorites here. His Twitter timeline showed multiple retweets that announced his offer from Wisconsin, if you're into that sort of tea leaf reading. Current Crystal Ball projections are trending in the Badgers' favor.

Though you might be able to hear me knock on wood all the way from my apartment as you read this on your device of choice. Brodner visited Syracuse this weekend, and is set to visit Illinois on January 23. The Badgers get the final ups on Jan. 29, however, and of all the uncommitted and offer-able options that are currently in play, the 5'9.5, 212-pound Brodner was the first offer at the position and the best of the three that make up his final choices.