Jeremy Ruckert/Jeremy Birmingham
Top-ranked tight end Jeremy Ruckert will announce his college decision on Monday afternoon.

Decision time for top-ranked TE, no Duke jerseys allowed, and a game-winning shot for a Badgers target

Zach Heilprin

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Today is Monday, July 17, and this is what’s for breakfast.

Commitment time

Coach Paul Chryst and company may be done with their 2018 recruiting class, but they certainly would make room if 4-star tight end Jeremy Ruckert shocked college football and chose them on Monday afternoon.

Land of 10’s Jeremy Birmingham offered his final thoughts on Ruckert and his finalists of Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

Anyone but Duke

Kobe King, a freshman on Wisconsin’s basketball team, drew the ire of former Badgers star Sam Dekker over the weekend. The guard apparently got caught wearing a Duke jersey on Wisconsin’s campus — an absolute no-no after the Blue Devils’ 2015 national championship victory against Dekker and the Badgers.

Dekker called him out on Twitter and King responded with a low-key apology.

On the rise

Just one player in the 2020 basketball recruiting class has an offer from coach Greg Gard and the Badgers: wing Jalen Johnson from Sun Prairie, Wis. He showed why this weekend at the UAA Championships, hitting the game-winning bucket to give his Wisconsin Playground Warriors the 15U title.

Bypassing a childhood dream

All Travian Blaylock wanted to do while growing up was play college football at Stanford. Despite having that chance, he turned it down in favor of committing to Wisconsin as part of its 2018 recruiting class. Land of 10’s Jesse Temple explained why a visit to Madison changed everything.

Loaded up

Preseason All-American Troy Fumagalli leads a talented group of tight ends who figure to play a pivotal role in Wisconsin’s success in 2017. Our preview.


Wisconsin has benefited greatly from transfers in the past, including quarterback Russell Wilson in 2011 and left tackle Ryan Ramczyk in 2016. The Badgers will benefit again in 2017 with running back Chris James and cornerback Nick Nelson — two of the transfers listed by Sports Illustrated as impact players this season.

Study up

The Badgers are favorites to win the Big Ten West, which means quite a few of their games are vital to how the race for a division title will play out. In the latest edition of our summer study guide, Land of 10 breaks down the 17 best Big Ten games in 2017.