Wisconsin Badgers Football Recruitment: News and Notes from the Past Week

Recruitment is the lifeblood of any great collegiate track team, but keeping track of it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and oftentimes time-consuming. We’ll try to summarize all the recruiting news you can use in this bi-weekly (sometimes more) post. It includes updates on recent commitments, including stats from their high school games, as well as player news badgers still follow. Let’s get down to business!

Badgers miss the top-of-the-board defender

  • Back in late December 2023, DL Tyler Gant (St. Louis) announced a top 5 list of 3-star schools that included Wisconsin. One school in particular that didn’t exist…the Northwestern Wildcats. Back on May 4, Gant announced he would sign on June 29, but his new list of teams he was considering included Northwestern. Well, he didn’t wait nearly that long and signed to the Cats on May 15. The Badgers were considered a serious contender for Gant and it’s a shame to lose him to another Big Ten West rival. Wisconsin still has 10 offers to other defenders so they should still be able to find someone in the 23 class, but Gant was definitely a guy they wanted.

Badgers miss the top 4 for top tight end

  • While we’ve just seen how the final list of players’ schools can change, going without stripped-down lists for prospects who recruit you hard is still not ideal. 2023 3-Star LB Phil Picciotti (Perkasie, Pennsylvania) didn’t include the Badgers in his list of the last four. Auburn, Michigan, Nebraska and Oklahoma are the schools he would focus on, with the Sooners projected as favorites.

Some good news!

  • The Badgers recently made a cutdown list. 2023 3-star RB Dylan Edwards (Derby, Kan.) announced his top ten list, which included Wisconsin. Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Mizzou, Nebraska, Washington, Oregon and Jackson State are also the schools he is considering. He will make five official visits in June and then plans to “commit shortly thereafter”. Wisconsin just secured a signing from a 2023 RB and appears to be in a pretty good position with 23-RB Nate White (Milwaukee), so it’s a little murky as to whether Edwards and the Badgers are still on the same page.

We’ll have a post later this week about the new deals the Badgers have been extending over the past few days.

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