Recruiting never stops in Badgers country, and we’re here to help put it all in perspective. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday night for a recap of Wisconsin recruiting news, insight on what’s happening behind the scenes and a glimpse at what’s coming next.
2020 QB Max Johnson earns Wisconsin scholarship offer
Wisconsin has offered its first quarterback scholarship in the 2020 class, and it belongs to Max Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 191-pound lefty from Watkinsville, Ga. Johnson tweeted about the offer Monday.
— Max Johnson (@qbmjohnson2020) January 23, 2018
According to MaxPreps.com, Johnson completed 125 of 235 passes (53 percent) for 1,918 yards with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during his sophomore season. He was selected as the Region 8-AAAA offensive player of the year.
Johnson, son of former NFL quarterback Brad Johnson, has 10 scholarship offers, from Florida State, Miami, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. That’s a pretty substantial list and one that likely makes it difficult for the Badgers to contend. Johnson attended summer camps at North Carolina, Florida State, LSU and Georgia. He also took unofficial visits this fall to Miami and LSU.
Johnson is a 4-star prospect who is rated as the No. 10 player in Georgia and the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class.
Badgers offer multiple prospects in 2019 class
Wisconsin has been busy on the recruiting trail in its pursuit of players for the 2019 recruiting class. The Badgers handed out at least seven known offers to prospects. They are:
DE Marcus Stripling (Houston, Texas)
Extremely blessed to receive an offer from the University of Wisconsin 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/fIWQQd03Zj
— Marcus Stripling (@stripling_de) January 23, 2018
Marcus Stripling is a 4-star prospect who is rated as the No. 9 player in Texas and the No. 7 strong-side defensive end in the country. The 6-2, 260-pound junior has 16 offers and is high on Florida, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and LSU. Stripling attended Oklahoma’s junior day over the weekend and earned an Oregon scholarship offer on Sunday.
DT Joshua Harris (Roxboro, N.C.)
Blessed to receive an offer from the university of Wisconsin 🙌🏽🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/KEfUgiOlMT
— Joshua Harris (@H_Josh99) January 23, 2018
Joshua Harris, a 3-star prospect, is ranked as the No. 16 player in North Carolina and the No. 27 defensive tackle. He has scholarship offers from schools such as Duke, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. The 6-5, 295-pound junior has received offers in the last two weeks from Penn State, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.
2019 TE Chris Hickman (Omaha, Neb.)
Blessed to say I have received an offer to play football at the University of Wisconsin 🏈 pic.twitter.com/iEGrFuW656
— Chris Hickman (@hickmanchris1) January 19, 2018
Chris Hickman is a 6-5, 180-pound junior who has nine scholarship offers. Other schools to have offered are Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ole Miss and South Dakota State. Wisconsin also has offered Hickman’s Omaha Burke teammate Nick Henrich, a linebacker.
“They’re perfect poster players for what we’re doing here at Burke,” Omaha Burke football coach Paul Limongi told Brian Christopherson of 247Sports. “They’re tough, no-nonsense competitive kids that outwork everybody … that understand it’s more than just about football. It’s about full development and being a good person, and leaving your mark on society by becoming a good husband, a good father, and someone good in the career field. They’re great representatives of that.”
2019 DE Cameron Williams (Hollywood, Fla.)
— Cameron Williams (@getfreshcam) January 19, 2018
Cameron Williams was committed to Florida when Wisconsin offered him a scholarship Thursday. Over the weekend, he flipped that commitment to Miami. Either way, the Badgers aren’t in the picture. Williams is a 6-5, 215-pound junior from Chaminade-Madonna Prep who is rated as the No. 30 weak-side defensive end in the 2019 class.
2019 DB James Williams (Hollywood, Fla.)
— James Williams (@gf_jw5) January 19, 2018
Wisconsin made multiple offers while visiting Chaminade-Madonna Prep, and James Williams was another player to earn a Badgers scholarship. He tweeted on the same day that he was re-offered by Nebraska’s new coaching staff as well.
Williams is 5-11, 175 pounds, and he also has offers from the likes of Florida, Louisville, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Temple and UCF.
CB Te’Cory Couch (Hollywood, Fla.)
Evan Flood of Badger247 reported that Te’Cory Couch, another Chaminade-Madonna Prep standout also earned a Wisconsin scholarship. Couch is a 5-11, 160-pound prospect who is committed to Tennessee. He is a 4-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 23 athlete in the country in the 247Sports composite.
2019 TE Garmon Randolph (Jefferson, Ga.)
Very blessed to receive an offer from the university of Wisconsin🔴⚪️🔴 pic.twitter.com/HfJ2er8XoR
— Garmon Randolph (@garmonrandolph5) January 23, 2018
Interest in Garmon Randolph has picked up substantially. He has tweeted about scholarship offers from Louisville, North Carolina State and Wisconsin. Randolph, a 6-6, 215-pound junior, also has offers from Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and South Carolina.
No. 1 player in 2020 class sets spring visit to Wisconsin
Bryan Bresee, the No. 1 overall player in the 2020 class, told 247Sports reporter Brian Dohn that he would take four unofficial visits to campuses in the spring: Clemson (March 3), Georgia (March 4), Wisconsin (April 5) and Notre Dame (April 6).
Bresee is a 6-4, 260-pound strong-side defensive end from Damascus, Md., who already has 22 offers. According to 247Sports, the schools that rank high on his list are Ohio State, Florida State and Penn State. He took an unofficial visit last weekend to Michigan. Bresee took unofficial visits last fall to Maryland, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Ohio State. Penn State coach James Franklin and defensive line coach Sean Spencer visited him last week.
Badgers hoops offers 2018 PG Tyger Campbell
Wisconsin offered a scholarship to unsigned 2018 point guard Tyger Campbell (La Porte, Ind.) on Thursday. Given that the Badgers have solid depth at their guard spots and are in need of front-court help, the offer might seem a bit curious. However, Campbell could be good enough to help the Badgers sooner rather than later.
The 6-foot, 165-pound Campbell is a 4-star prospect who is rated as the No. 2 player in Indiana and the No. 12 point guard in the country. Campbell originally committed to DePaul in May but re-opened his recruitment in September. He initially was a member of the 2019 recruiting class but reclassified as a 2018 prospect.
Campbell has 18 scholarship offers, including from Purdue, Maryland, Illinois, Iowa, Marquette, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UCLA and Virginia Tech. Based on his highlights, he is a player who demonstrates great body control and scores frequently on drives to the rim. He also has a nice jump shot when left open on the perimeter.