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Badgers offer scholarships to 4 players
Wisconsin’s football program has been busy on the recruiting front in the last week, offering scholarships to four players: running back Kazmeir Allen (Tulare, Calif.), defensive end Aeneas DiCosmo (Oradell, N.J.), offensive lineman Joe Tippmann (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and cornerback Cam’Ron Kelly (Chesapeake, Va.).
— Ka💰meir Allen (@kazmeir_) November 9, 2017
Allen is among the most intriguing scholarship offers in recent weeks because he is a 2018 prospect, and Wisconsin already has a commitment from running back Nakia Watson (Austin, Texas) in that class. It’s possible that Badgers tailback Taiwan Deal, who is out for the season with a right leg injury, might not return, which would open up a spot in the running back room for Allen.
Allen has been simply phenomenal during his senior season. According to the Fresno Bee, he ran for 434 yards with 8 touchdowns to help Tulare Union beat Sunnyside 61-26 in a quarterfinal playoff game Friday. Allen now leads the nation with 63 rushing touchdowns this season.
The highlights from that playoff game alone are ridiculous. Take a look:
There is genuine interest by Allen in Wisconsin. He told Greg Biggins of 247Sports that the Badgers were a “big-time program,” and he intends on visiting campus for Wisconsin’s huge showdown against Michigan on Saturday. Allen holds scholarship offers from Cal, Boise State, Arizona and Oregon State. Allen said he had been hearing from USC, UCLA and Nebraska, among others. He is a 3-star prospect who is 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds.
— Aeneas (@aeneas_dicosmo) November 10, 2017
DiCosmo is 6-3 and 220 pounds and holds nine scholarship offers as a 2019 prospect. In addition to Wisconsin, he has offers from Boston College, Duke, Kent State, Northwestern, Rutgers, Toledo, Virginia and Wake Forest.
According to MaxPreps.com, DiCosmo has 44 tackles this season with 10 1/2 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. He also has 6 catches for 92 yards. His Bergen Catholic team, the No. 1-ranked team in New Jersey, defeated St. Augustine 56-21 in a playoff game last week. That’s the same Bergen Catholic program that former Badgers safety and receiver Tanner McEvoy played for in high school.
— joe tippmann (@JoeTippmann) November 11, 2017
Tippmann is a 6-6, 283-pound tackle in the 2019 class who earned his scholarship offer while visiting for Wisconsin’s 38-14 victory against Iowa on Saturday. He now has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Cincinnati and Ball State.
Tippmann told Allen Trieu of 247Sports that Badgers offensive line coach Joe Rudolph offered him the scholarship.
“He talked about how they liked my size, how I move, my attitude and my coachability,” Tippmann told Trieu. “He said that over the past few weeks he’s noticed a spark in me and that I turned up my game to a higher level and that’s what he likes about me.”
Wisconsin showcased its powerful offensive line against Iowa, when it carried the ball 49 times for 247 yards — an average of 5.0 yards per attempt. The performance left Tippmann impressed.
“Getting an offer from them truly meant a lot,” Tippmann told Trieu. “It meant a lot because Wisconsin is a team that is based on the five up front. They take pride in the linemen that they recruit and produce, and they made that known to me during a lot of the conversations I had with them. It’s truly an awesome feeling knowing that they are considering me a good fit in such a well known powerful offensive line.”
The 6-1, 190-pound Kelly has a boatload of offers, which would seem to make it extremely difficult for Wisconsin to land him. According to 247Sports, Kelly has 33 scholarship offers, which includes Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, among many others. Kelly tweeted about his offer Monday night.
— Cam'Ron Kelly (@CamRonJKelly) November 14, 2017
Brady Schipper, Jack Eschenbach commit as preferred walk-ons
Brady Schipper, a 6-foot, 175-pound athlete from Stoughton, Wis., and Jack Eschenbach, a 6-7, 205-pound tight end from Lisle, Ill., committed to Wisconsin as preferred walk-ons in the 2018 class. They join Marty Strey (Sun Prairie, Wis.), John Chenal (Grantsburg, Wis.) and Andrew Lyons (Kenosha, Wis.). Schipper tweeted about his commitment last week.
— Brady Schipper (@bradyschipper) November 10, 2017
Schipper was dominant for Stoughton at running back this season. He rushed for 1,975 yards with 25 touchdowns and averaged 7.9 yards per carry, according to WisSports.net. He eclipsed the 200-yard mark in six games and rushed for 195 yards in another game. His best performance came in a 63-35 loss to Monona Grove, when he accounted for all of his team’s touchdowns. Schipper rushed for 364 yards and 5 scores.
Schipper told Ben Worgull of 247Sports the plan is for him to begin his Wisconsin career at running back. He said he turned down a full scholarship offer from South Dakota and had interest from several Division II schools. Schipper has watched this season as Wisconsin running backs coach John Settle has entrusted walk-on Garrett Groshek to handle some carries in the Badgers’ backfield.
“They run the ball a lot, which is exciting,” Schipper told Worgull. “They play three or four running backs a game. I know coming in as a walk-on I’ll have to work my butt off, but also know if I do I have a great chance at playing. Especially at running back because of how much Coach Settle rotates guys in.”
Stoughton has produced quality players for the Badgers in recent seasons. Punter P.J. Rosowski and receiver Adam Krumholz are Stoughton graduates. Wisconsin also has received a commitment from Stoughton offensive lineman Jack Nelson in the 2020 recruiting class.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Eschenbach entered the Class 7A playoffs leading his Benet Academy team with 5 touchdown catches. Rivals.com notes that Eschenbach had scholarship offers from Cornell, Dayton and Western Illinois. Eschenbach tweeted about his commitment Monday night.
— Jack Eschenbach (@JackEsc1) November 13, 2017
Commits on the field
• Linebacker Jack Sanborn scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to help Lake Zurich (Ill.) defeat St. Rita 49-17 in a Class 7A quarterfinal game. Lake Zurich improved to 12-0.
• Defensive end Boyd Dietzen’s Kimberly (Wis.) team defeated Appleton North 31-14 to reach the Division 1 state championship game for the fifth consecutive season. Kimberly extended its winning streak to 69 games. Dietzen caught a 9-yard touchdown pass and created constant pressure on defense.
— Spectrum Sports WI (@SpecSportsWI) November 11, 2017
Dietzen also was named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association defensive player of the year.
— WiFCA (@wifca) November 13, 2017
• West Bloomfield (Mich.) defeated Utica Eisenhower 28-25 to capture a regional championship. Wide receiver Taj Mustapha caught 9 passes for 103 yards, including 3 catches on the final drive.
• Austin (Texas) Westlake hammered Vista Ridge 55-14. Running back Nakia Watson carried 6 times for 122 yards with 2 touchdowns before halftime. Watson broke four tackles on a 79-yard rushing touchdown in the game.
• Quarterback Chase Wolf completed 17 of 28 passes for 151 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception to help St. Xavier (Ohio) defeat Sycamore 37-7 in a regional semifinal game. Wolf threw a 34-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. St. Xavier improved to 11-1.
• Avon (Ind.) defeated Center Grove 32-21. Wide receiver Isaac Guerendo caught 6 passes for 147 yards with 2 touchdowns and added 87 yards rushing with 1 touchdown. Guerendo’s touchdown catches came on plays of 85 yards and 10 yards. He ran for a 23-yard touchdown.
— Mario Guerendo (@MarioGuerendo) November 11, 2017
• Grantsburg (Wis.) lost 35-6 to Amherst in the Division 5 state semifinal. Leo Chenal, a 2019 commitment, caught 1 pass for 35 yards. His brother, John Chenal, is a preferred walk-on in Wisconsin’s 2018 recruiting class, and carried 16 times for 78 yards. He also threw a 2-yard touchdown pass.
• Blue Valley North (Kan.) crushed Shawnee Mission East 45-10. Quarterback Graham Mertz, a 2019 commitment, threw 5 touchdown passes.
Graham Mertz making a big impact on this game! pic.twitter.com/tYmMF5H6ef
— Shawn Stewart (@shawnstewartKC) November 11, 2017