Rachad Wildgoose Jr. committed to Wisconsin’s 2018 football recruiting class Wednesday morning on National Signing Day during a ceremony at his high school.
Wildgoose, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety from Miami, was a late pickup after he de-committed from Georgia on Jan. 14, which sent his recruitment into high gear. Alabama offered Wildgoose on Jan. 17. He then took official visits to Pittsburgh, UCF, North Carolina State and Wisconsin. At his ceremony, Wildgoose kept four hats in front of him: UCF, Wisconsin, N.C. State and Georgia before he donned the Badgers cap.
Initially, Wildgoose committed to Rutgers on April 15 after taking an unofficial visit to Piscataway, N.J. But then scholarship offers began rolling in. Over the course of the next six weeks, he received offers from Florida Atlantic, Oregon State, Florida International, North Carolina State, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin and Temple. On May 25, Wildgoose de-committed from Rutgers. He picked Georgia on June 2 but de-committed for a second time last month, allowing for Wisconsin to enter the picture.
Wildgoose is a 3-star prospect who ranks as the No. 65 safety in the country in the 247Sports composite. UCF also came after Wildgoose hard, with new UCF coach Josh Heupel making an in-home visit to see Wildgoose one week before he took his official visit there on Jan. 26. In total, Wildgoose had 22 reported scholarship offers, which included Auburn, Nebraska, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Rutgers and Purdue.
With Wildgoose in the fold, Wisconsin now has two safeties in the 2018 class. He joins Reggie Pearson Jr. (River Rouge, Mich.), who was the first player committed in the class back in August 2016.
When January began, the two players who appeared to be in contention to join the Wisconsin class were wide receiver John Jackson (Gardena, Calif.) and cornerback Jairus Brents (Louisville, Ky.). Jackson was supposed to visit in late January but canceled his trip and has moved on to other schools. Brents visited, but Wisconsin ultimately wound up with Wildgoose as the final piece to the puzzle.