Wisconsin typically defies expectations — both in the preseason polls and the recruiting rankings.
But the Badgers actually got a bump in those recruiting rankings Wednesday as they picked up a huge win on National Signing Day. Danny Davis, a Springfield (Ohio) receiver given a 4-star rating by 247Sports, selected the Badgers despite offers from Michigan State, West Virginia, Nebraska, Penn State and others.
That gave Wisconsin 18 commits in its 2017 class and pushed the Badgers a little higher up the rankings. Wisconsin ended the day with a pair of 4-star recruits in Davis and OG Kayden Lyles. The latter was an early enrollee, so the Badgers already knew going into Wednesday they had some star power.
Below is a complete list of the Badgers’ 2017 signed recruits, with position ranking according to 247 Sports composite.
Wisconsin 2017 recruiting class, rankings
|4-star OG||Kayden Lyles||14||Middleton, Wis.|
|4-star WR||Danny Davis||31||Springfield, Ohio|
|3-star TE||Jake Ferguson||12||Madison, Wis.|
|3-star RB||Jonathan Taylor||24||Salem, N.J.|
|3-star OT||Tyler Beach||43||Pt Washington, Wis.|
|3-star DE||Andrew Van Ginkel||2||Council Bluffs, Iowa|
|3-star QB||Jack Coan||20||West Sayville, N.Y.|
|3-star OG||Logan Bruss||28||Kimberly, Wis.|
|3-star DE||Izayah Green-May||33||Bolingbrook, Ill.|
|3-star DE||Aaron Vopal||25||De Pere, Wis.|
|3-star S||Scott Nelson||59||Detroit|
|3-star WR||Cade Green||135||Austin, Texas|
|3-star TE||Alex Fenton||58||Menomonie, Wis.|
|3-star CB||Madison Cone||137||Kernersville, N.C.|
|3-star WR||Emmet Perry||189||DeSoto, Texas|
|3-star CB||Faion Hicks||155||Hollywood, Fla.|
|2-star LS||Adam Bay||4||Mesa, Ariz.|
|QB||Danny Vanden Boom||N/A||Kimberly, Wis.|
What is Wisconsin’s recruiting class ranked?
Early enrollees: 6
4-star commits: 2
3-star commits: 14
247 Sports composite ranking: 40
Big Ten ranking: 7
Now we can call them Badgers.
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 1, 2017
Were there any National Signing Day surprises?
Davis’ announcement wasn’t a huge surprise, considering the Badgers were trending toward landing a commitment the last few days. But the story is a little different for 2-star QB Danny Vanden Boom. The Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the Year planned on being a preferred walk-on, but the Badgers announced on Wednesday that the quarterback will be on scholarship. The new Badger led Kimberly to consecutive state championships.
How many are already on campus?
Wisconsin had six early enrollees as part of the 2017 signing class: Lyles, QB Jack Coan, CB Madison Cone, LB Izayah Green-May, CB Faion Hicks and DE Andrew Van Ginkel. That group gave Wisconsin a strong start going into Wednesday. That also helped the Badgers’ class finish ranked in the middle of the Big Ten, but Wisconsin has proven many times it doesn’t need a bunch of 4- or 5-star recruits to win big.
Who could be an early star?
Davis, as Wisconsin’s highest-ranked receiver commit since 2009, could be someone fans will be excited to see. But don’t forget about Van Ginkel. The Badgers don’t have LBs T.J. Watt or Vince Biegel anymore, and Van Ginkel fits into their mold.
Land of 10’s Sean Keeler writes:
Andrew Van Ginkel once tackled a bear that had stolen his picnic basket and pounded the snot out of Yogi until he coughed it up. Andrew Van Ginkel once chased an opposing running back 60 yards, after said running back had about a 3-second head start, and pulled the dude down from behind before he could score. Andrew Van Ginkel once stood in the middle of the street and did a standing broad jump, Johnny Knoxville style, over a ’77 El Camino as the beast barreled toward him.
OK, only one of those is true. But as Keeler explained, anyone who has seen Van Ginkel play wouldn’t be surprised if the other two were, as well.