Each month, Wisconsin beat reporter Jesse Temple will take a look at the Badgers’ recruiting to-do list here on Land of 10. This outlook focuses on three concerns for the program’s recruiting efforts in the weeks ahead. In this edition, we’ll look at what Wisconsin needs to accomplish in April.
Wisconsin’s recruiting efforts in March didn’t lead to any commitments for the first time in six months, but the Badgers did make inroads with several prospects. Coaches have a head start on the 2019 class with eight commitments but will continue to search for players to fill out the class and begin looking for 2020 prospects.
Regain momentum in the 2019 class
From September to February, Wisconsin landed at least one commitment in the 2019 class every month. It began with linebacker Leo Chenal in September and continued with quarterback Graham Mertz (October), tackle Logan Brown (November), running back Julius Davis (November), tackle Joe Tippmann (December), safety Bryson Shaw (January), wide receiver Nolan Groulx (January) and tight end Hayden Rucci (February).
Wisconsin didn’t land a commitment in March, which was bound to happen eventually. April is a good month for prospects to check out Wisconsin’s spring practices and get a feel for the program. Wisconsin will hold its spring game on Friday, April 13, which could be an important date for potential visitors.
There are several prospects in the 2019 class who rank Wisconsin high on their list of potential schools. Even if the Badgers go another month without a commitment, expect a few more to take place in the summer.
Schedule as many visitors as possible
Wisconsin has nine spring practices in April, which includes the spring game on April 13. Watching the Badgers practice is a great opportunity for recruits and their families to understand the program’s core values — not to mention how much talent the team possesses.
The Badgers had big recruiting weekends in February and March for potential prospects. Even though spring games under Paul Chryst are more like glorified practices, it makes sense for another big weekend to coincide with the spring game. The list of potential visitors could begin to trickle out as the spring game approaches.
Continue to offer prospects in future classes
Wisconsin has offered dozens of 2019 prospects and continues to ramp up its efforts in the 2020 class. In January, Wisconsin offered at least 18 known scholarships to prospects in the 2019, ’20 and ’21 classes. The Badgers offered six more players in February. Wisconsin coaches were busy again in March, offering at least 16 known scholarships to players across the country.
If the offer list from March is any indication, April could be another busy month for the Badgers. Here’s a rundown of which prospects Wisconsin offered in March:
2019: defensive end Colt Ellison (Aledo, Texas), outside linebacker Spencer Lytle (Bellflower, Calif.), defensive end Harrison White (Spring, Texas), defensive end Moses Okpala (St. Louis), outside linebacker Rian Davis (Apopka, Fla.)
2020: wide receiver Jordan Johnson (St. Louis), offensive lineman Luke Wypler (Montvale, N.J.), running back Zachary Evans (Houston), linebacker Antoine Sampah (Woodbridge, Va.), wide receiver Marvin Mims (Frisco, Texas), running back Jase McClellan (Aledo, Texas), cornerback Darion Green-Warren (Santa Ana, Calif.), cornerback RJ Mickens (Southlake, Texas), defensive tackle Cole Brevard (Carmel, Ind.), wide receiver Julian Fleming (Catawissa, Pa.), running back Jalen Berger (Ramsey, N.J.)