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2019 WR Nolan Groulx likes Wisconsin
Wisconsin has been on a recruiting roll when it comes to adding wide receivers. The Badgers have yet to collect any commitments at the position in the 2019 class, but one prospect to watch could be Nolan Groulx (Cornelius, N.C.).
Groulx finished a junior season in which he caught 75 passes for 1,101 yards with 8 touchdowns to earn all-conference honors. He has been high on the Badgers for several months and recently spoke to Michael Clark of 247Sports about what he liked.
“The game atmosphere is hard to match and the campus is great,” Groulx told Clark. “I also stay in touch with [wide receivers] coach [Ted] Gilmore and [running backs] coach [John] Settle, and the relationships I have with them are great. They also stand out because they win a lot, and a program that wins is somewhere I want to be.”
Groulx noted that Wisconsin, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Texas A&M were among the programs that had stood out most to him at this juncture. He has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Duke, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Central Michigan, Elon and James Madison.
Here is the 247Sports evaluation of Groulx: “Groulx is a natural playmaker. He has good vision and quickness. Groulx runs good routes and does a nice job of finding open spots in defenses. He shows good concentration and catches the ball well. Groulx can also make people miss and is dangerous in the open field. He needs to continue to get stronger and add weight, but should be a dynamic playmaker at the collegiate level.”
The 6-foot, 185-pound Groulx laid out his timetable for the recruiting process.
“Hopefully, I can narrow things down in the next five months,” Groulx told Clark. “I’m definitely trying to find a home before my senior year. I’ll probably cut it to two or three. But only if those places feel like home above the rest. I’m not sure which schools will make the cut yet. I’d like to have my decision in the next six months, so I can try to help build the recruiting class.”
Where does Wisconsin stand with 2018 CB Jairus Brents?
Jairus Brents is ranked as the No. 1 player in Kentucky for the 2018 recruiting class, as well as one of the top uncommitted cornerbacks in the country. If Wisconsin were able to land him as the last piece to the puzzle for 2018, it would represent a major coup for the Badgers. But it’s unclear where Wisconsin stands in the Brents recruitment.
That’s because Brents listed his top six schools to Sonny Shipp of 247Sports last week, and Wisconsin was nowhere to be found.
“I’m going to be taking all five of my official visits in January and February,” Brents told Shipp after the first day of practice at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in New Orleans. “I have a top six right now that I’m going to pick my visits from Alabama, Florida State, Michigan State, Duke, Pitt and Purdue.”
Brents’ statement does not seem to bode well for the Badgers, although nothing is certain at this stage. Brents previously listed the Badgers in his top 10 and took an unofficial visit to watch Wisconsin’s victory against Michigan in November. Last week, Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports reported that Brents was deciding between Pittsburgh and Wisconsin and would take official visits to both schools in January.
Brents earned first-team all-state honors as a junior and senior at Louisville Waggener. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, he recorded 62 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions this season. But he was a dynamic threat on offense and played quarterback for Waggener. He passed for 972 yards with 13 touchdowns and ran for 481 yards. Brents scored 15 total touchdowns — 8 rushing, 2 receiving, 2 kickoff returns, 2 punt returns and 1 interception return. According to the Courier-Journal, he also scored on 13 2-point conversion runs.
Brents told Shipp he was waiting on clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse regarding his most recent ACT score. If he receives clearance, he will set up official visits.
“I know when I get back home it will get crazy once I get cleared to take my officials,” Brents said. “I have some great relationships with some of the coaches recruiting me and I can’t wait to get to know some of these new schools. They have all been waiting on that test score, and when I get home and get that clearance, I can get these official visits set up.”
Wisconsin has three cornerbacks signed in the 2018 class: Travian Blaylock (Humble, Texas), Donte Burton (Loganville, Ga.) and Alexander Smith (Culver City, Calif.). But it is a position of need because the Badgers are losing seniors Derrick Tindal and Lubern Figaro, as well as junior Nick Nelson, who declared for the NFL draft after Wisconsin’s Orange Bowl victory against Miami.
Jonathan Davis earns Badgers basketball offer
Jonathan Davis, a 6-2 shooting guard in the 2020 recruiting class from La Crosse (Wis.) Central, has been dominant early in his sophomore season. Wisconsin’s coaching staff quickly took notice and offered Davis a scholarship last week.
— Jonathan Davis (@JonathanCDavis1) December 29, 2017
The offer came after Davis tallied 27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists in La Crosse Central’s 81-49 victory against Hudson. Badgers coach Greg Gard watched, along with assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft and Badgers guard Kobe King, a former La Crosse Central standout.
“I knew that before the game that they were going to come and watch, and I just decided to put on a show,” Davis told the La Crosse Tribune. “It doesn’t make me nervous.”
Davis is averaging 28.1 points per game this season and has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, UNLV and Green Bay. He scored 46 points in a season-opening loss to Eau Claire North. His team has won its last seven games, and Davis has scored fewer than 22 points only once. Davis helped La Crosse Central win the Division 2 state championship last season when King was the team’s best player.
Wisconsin now has offered three players scholarships in the 2020 class: Davis, Ethan Morton (Butler, Pa.) and Jalen Johnson (Sun Prairie, Wis.)