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As similar as the Nebraska and Wisconsin programs seem on the field, there’s a surprising lack of connections in the recruiting trail.
Of the 11 commits Wisconsin currently has for the 2017 class, only three received offers from Nebraska, and only one of those recruits visited Lincoln.
Here’s the breakdown player-by-player for the Wisconsin 2017 class.
OG Kayden Lyles, Middleton (Wis.) — 4 stars
Lyles is the No. 1 recruit from Wisconsin and the only 4-star in the class so far. He did not have an offer from Nebraska.
OT Tyler Beach, Port Washington (Wis.) — 3 stars
Beach is the No. 2 recruit from Wisconsin and also a lineman, which isn’t super surprising. He, too, did not have an offer from Nebraska.
TE Jake Ferguson, Madison (Wis.) — 3 stars
Ferguson did have an offer from Nebraska. But he is the No. 3 recruit out of Wisconsin, so he was a lock it seems.
QB Jack Coan, West Sayville (N.Y.) — 3 stars
Coan visited Wisconsin on March 11, then Nebraska on March 17, before committing to the Badgers on March 24. So this is the closest we get to a Nebraska connection. Coan is the No. 21 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class.
OG Logan Bruss, Kimberly (Wis.) — 3 stars
Bruss is the No. 4 recruit out of Wisconsin and the No. 27 offensive guard in the 2017 class. He had an offer from Nebraska but never visited.
DE Izayah Green-May, Bolingbrook (Ill.) — 3 stars
Green-May is the No. 10 recruit out of Illinois and the No. 35 DE in the 2017 class. He did not have an offer from Nebraska.
DE Aaron Vopal, De Pere (Wis.) — 3 stars
The No. 5 recruit out of Wisconsin and No. 35 strong-side defensive end in the nation did not have an offer from Nebraska. So for those counting at home, Wisconsin has the No. 1 through 5 recruits from in-state.
DB Madison Cone, Kernersville (N.C.) — 3 stars
Cone is the No. 97 corner in the 2017 class and No. 30 recruit out of North Carolina. He did not have an offer from Nebraska.
TE Alex Fenton, Menomonie (Wis.) — 3 stars
The No. 7 recruit out of Wisconsin only had two offers — from Wisconsin and Michigan. He chose the Badgers.
WR Cade Green, Austin (Texas) — 3 stars
Green is the No. 188 receiver in the 2017 class and did not have an offer from Nebraska. He was the No. 177 recruit out of Texas, as well.
CB Faion Hicks, Pembroke Pines (Fla.) — 3 stars
Hicks is the No. 202 recruit out of Florida, but did not have an offer from Nebraska.
So in total, Wisconsin has 10 3-star recruits and one 4-star. A good chunk of their recruits are linemen, and from around the area.
A couple of theories as to why Nebraska and Wisconsin don’t have much overlap: 1) Nebraska isn’t really looking for too many linemen right now, and 2) Nebraska likes recruiting on the West Coast while Wisconsin doesn’t seem to venture out that way too much.
Regardless, still a little surprising.
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