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Badgers offer scholarships to 4 prospects
Wisconsin’s recruiting efforts have continued in the last week, with the Badgers offering scholarships to outside linebacker Jackson Hannah (Nashville, Tenn.), defensive end Michael Fletcher (Flint, Mich.), cornerback Moses Douglass (Springfield, Ohio) and wide receiver Jake Smith (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Fletcher, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior, now has two Big Ten offers, but Wisconsin will have to contend with Michigan State, which is tops in his recruitment. Michigan State offered him on a visit to East Lansing last month. He told Scout.com writer Allen Trieu that he “wanted a chance to play at State my whole life, and it’s an unreal feeling to see it come true.”
— Michael Fletcher (@bigmike810_) October 14, 2017
Wisconsin offered Fletcher this weekend while he was in town on an unofficial visit to watch the Purdue game. Fletcher told BadgerBlitz.com writer Jon McNamara that Wisconsin was “up towards the top” on his recruiting list. The 247Sports composite rankings list him as a 3-star prospect and the No. 37 strong-side defense end in the nation.
— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) October 14, 2017
Fletcher’s sophomore season highlight film shows a dominant end who has the quickness and strength to destroy high school offensive tackles. He can track down option quarterbacks in the backfield and has the length to affect a quarterback’s ability to throw. He is no doubt an impressive physical specimen. You can check out his skill set here:
Hannah is a 6-3, 230-pound junior who has 11 scholarship offers, which include Louisville, Alabama, Duke, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. He is a 4-star prospect who is rated as the No. 23 outside linebacker in the nation, per the 247Sports composite. Hannah unofficially visited Florida this weekend, where he earned a Gators offer.
— jackson hannah (@jacksonhannah5) October 14, 2017
Douglass is a 6-2, 186-pound junior who attends the same high school as current Wisconsin wide receiver Danny Davis. Douglass tweeted that Wisconsin represented his 25th scholarship offer.
Thankful for my 25th offer from the University of Wisconsin 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/nqTi9r3ZVO
— Moses Douglass (@MosesDouglass) October 16, 2017
His scholarship list includes Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa State, Minnesota and Purdue. Douglass has taken unofficial visits this fall to Ohio State and Purdue. Douglass plays both cornerback and wide receiver for his high school team. He is rated as a 4-star prospect and the No. 28 cornerback in the nation, per the 247Sports composite. Here are highlights from his junior season:
Smith is a 6-1, 185-pound receiver who has taken unofficial visits this fall to Washington State and Arizona State. He holds scholarship offers from those two programs, as well as California, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Penn State, Syracuse, UCLA and Vanderbilt, among others.
Just received my 13th offer from Wisconsin! pic.twitter.com/tyRgWwE0T2
— Jake Smith (@jakesmith27) October 17, 2017
According to Smith’s Hudl film, he has more than 1,600 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns through the first eight games of his junior season. There’s no question he is a speedster as a receiver, running back and kick return man for his team. In the first highlight, he takes a handoff, finds a crease in the line and zips through it untouched for a long touchdown run.
The way he not only outruns but consistently pulls ahead of every defender is impressive. He does the same thing on a kick return for a touchdown in the second highlight. Just as it appears half the opposing team has an angle on him, Smith races down the left sideline and leaves them in the dust. And in the third highlight, Smith runs a simple go route at receiver. By the time he catches the ball, the defense has no chance. His highlight film is worth a look:
Zeke Correll impressed with Badgers
Zeke Correll, a 6-4, 270-pound offensive guard from Cincinnati, received a Wisconsin scholarship offer on Sept. 19. Less than a month later, he was on campus to see the school and football program in person — and he liked what he saw.
Correll took in Wisconsin’s 17-9 victory against Purdue on Saturday and came away impressed.
“It was really great being at Wisconsin, and it opened up my eyes a lot about the type of program they’re running,” Correll told Scout.com writer Bill Greene. “Wisconsin is up there pretty high for me, and my first impression is that their student section is the craziest I’ve ever seen.”
Correll, a junior, has 13 scholarship offers and is high on Wisconsin, Ohio State, Kentucky and Northwestern. He attended an Ohio State camp in July, unofficially visited Northwestern the next day and unofficially visited Kentucky last month. Correll is a 4-star prospect who is rated as the No. 10 offensive guard in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Correll said he spoke to coach Paul Chryst and offensive coordinator/O-line coach Joe Rudolph, and both let him know how much they wanted him to become a member of the program.
“I think Wisconsin fits with what I’m looking for in a school, and I’m looking forward to considering that relationship,” Correll told Greene. “Seeing the Wisconsin offensive line just dominate the line of scrimmage made it easy for me to really appreciate their style of play.”
Aron Cruickshank discusses Badgers
When Wisconsin secured a commitment from Aron Cruickshank, the Badgers landed one of the speediest prospects in their 2018 recruiting class. Cruickshank primarily plays quarterback for Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn, N.Y.), but he will be a wide receiver for the Badgers next season.
Alex Gleitman of 247Sports.com recently caught up with Cruickshank, who said he would bring a “one touch and gone” skill set when he sees open space.
Cruickshank said he speaks regularly with wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore and tight ends coach Mickey Turner.
“They tell me they plan to make me more of a jet sweep guy,” he said. “They need more speed. They don’t have all that much of my type of speed there and feel I can be different. I can play a little bit on the outside, too, creating mismatches and things like that.”
Cruickshank noted he planned to enroll early so he can participate in spring football. He also wants to compete in track. Cruickshank has set lofty goals for himself and said he hoped to have the same type of impact as former Erasmas Hall and Ohio State standout Curtis Samuel.
“I know I can be an impact player,” Cruickshank told Gleitman. “I also want to break some records. Whether it’s punt return records, kick return records, or receiving records, I want to break records. I want to make a name for myself, and have people say he came from Brooklyn and look at him now.”
Cruickshank was tremendous during his team’s 28-0 victory against Lincoln last Friday while playing both quarterback and receiver. He caught a 40-yard touchdown pass and ran untouched the final 35 yards after he made a defender miss. He scored a short touchdown on a read-option look at quarterback and caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in which he escaped the grasp of three defenders. Later in the highlight, he ran past five defenders on a fake punt and gained a first down. Cruickshank certainly appears as though he’ll be a nice addition for Wisconsin.
High school highlights from commits
Running back Nakia Watson carried 29 times for 132 yards with 2 touchdowns to help Austin (Texas) Westlake defeat Lake Travis 21-14, which snapped a 10-game losing streak against its rival. Watson scored on touchdown runs of 12 and 1 yards, the last of which helped his team take the lead for good. Westlake is 7-0. Here’s a look at Watson’s first score from Friday night:
— Allen Perkins (@AllenPerkins247) October 14, 2017
Wide receivers A.J. Abbott and Taj Mustapha had huge games to help West Bloomfield (Mich.) defeat Southfield A&T 62-37 on Friday night. Abbott caught touchdown passes of 33 and 57 yards, while Mustapha had touchdown catches of 9 and 33 yards.
— Eric Pierce (@therealepap) October 13, 2017
Avon (Ind.) hammered Noblesville 57-7. Wide receiver Isaac Guerendo caught 4 passes for 49 yards and made a nice 20-yard touchdown grab by keeping his feet in bounds at the back of the end zone. This season, he has 44 catches for 1,043 yards with 13 touchdowns.
— Dylan Trimpe (@Trimp3) October 13, 2017
Quarterback Chase Wolf completed 13 of 17 passes for 204 yards with 2 touchdowns to help St. Xavier (Ohio) defeat Clarkson 47-14 on Friday night. The Bombers have won 14 consecutive games dating to last season.
Finally, here’s a cool video on Badgers commit Travian Blaylock, a cornerback for Atascocita (Texas). Atascocita defeated North Shore 38-21 on Friday.
Class Acts: Travian Blaylock works on speed and strength in a football family – CW39 NewsFix https://t.co/KI0rTsyWJt
— The Atascocita HS (@HumbleISD_AHS) October 14, 2017