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Wisconsin football recruiting: Badgers miss on RB A.J. Dillion, who commits to Michigan

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The Badgers miss on their top running back target.

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For a moment, it looked like the Wisconsin Badgers were all set to land themselves a four-star talent at running back to build on last week's commitment of West Sayville, N.Y. quarterback Jack Coan. But when it came to the case of Groton, Mass., running back A.J. Dillon, the Badgers landing last ups on the unofficial visit tour turned out not to be enough to overcome Jim Harbaugh and playing in the Big House.

It was going to be a tough battle to land the services of Dillon, as he also had Florida State, Virginia and Notre Dame, where Dillon's grandfather played, in his top five, though any time there is a loss on the recruiting trail, it definitely stings.

Where the Badgers go from here at running back in terms of effort probably goes toward something in more of a speedy all-purpose sort of runner like recent offer from Chula Vista (Mater Dei), Calif., C.J. Verdell, and Oswego, Ill., Ivory Kelly-Martin. New offers could come to New Caanan, Conn., running back Justin Brown and a home run swing would come towards Virginia Beach, Va., high-four-star back Khalan Laborn.