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 back on what happened in those three areas in November.
Wisconsin’s month on the recruiting trail was quite eventful. The Badgers landed their third and fourth commitments in the 2019 class and made progress in evaluating and offering scholarships to several other prospects.
Hone in on 2019 prospects
Wisconsin offered scholarships to numerous 2019 recruits in November. That list includes wide receiver Ty DeArman (Arlington, Texas), cornerback Bobby Wolfe (Houston, Texas), defensive end Aeneas DiCosmo (Oradell, N.J.), offensive lineman Joe Tippmann (Fort Wayne, Ind.), cornerback Cam’Ron Kelly (Chesapeake, Va.), inside linebacker Nick Henrich (Omaha, Neb.) and running back Julius Davis (Menomonee Falls, Wis.)
Wolfe, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, has 12 scholarships, which includes LSU, Ole Miss, Baylor and Oklahoma.
— Hollywood (@iambobbywolfe1) November 23, 2017
Henrich, a 6-4, 200-pound junior, earned a Wisconsin scholarship offer while on an unofficial visit for the Iowa game.
— Nick Henrich (@nickhenrich_42) November 18, 2017
The photo on the left shows Henrich with nose guard Bryson Williams, a 2018 Badgers commit from Lincoln, Neb. Henrich now has eight scholarship offers: Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota State. Henrich unofficially visited has Minnesota twice since July.
According to MaxPreps.com, Henrich tallied 58 tackles this season with 16 tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks.
DiCosmo is 6-3 and 220 pounds and holds nine scholarship offers. In addition to Wisconsin, he has offers from Boston College, Duke, Kent State, Northwestern, Rutgers, Toledo, Virginia and Wake Forest.
— Aeneas (@aeneas_dicosmo) November 10, 2017
Tippmann is a 6-6, 283-pound tackle who earned his scholarship offer while visiting for Wisconsin’s 38-14 victory against Iowa. He now has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Cincinnati and Ball State.
— joe tippmann (@JoeTippmann) November 11, 2017
The 6-1, 190-pound Kelly has many 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.
— Cam'Ron Kelly (@CamRonJKelly) November 14, 2017
Davis committed to Wisconsin three days after he earned his scholarship offer. More information on him can be found in the third section.
Wisconsin offered a scholarship to 2018 running back Kazmeir Allen (Tulare, Calif.), but he committed to UCLA on Wednesday. Wisconsin also extended a grayshirt offer to 2018 outside linebacker Braden Cassity (Austin, Texas), who attends the same high school as running back Nakia Watson, a 2018 Badgers commit.
— Braden Cassity (@BradenCass) November 7, 2017
Make good use of home game visits
Wisconsin’s two most important home games took place in November against Iowa (Nov. 11) and Michigan (Nov. 18). The Badgers certainly took advantage of those opportunities by bringing several players on campus for visits.
Tight end Hayden Rucci, a 2019 prospect, visited for the Michigan game. Rucci received a Wisconsin scholarship offer on June 13. As a sophomore last season, he caught 9 passes for 108 yards with 1 touchdown but wasn’t utilized much in the passing game until the end of the season. According to Rucci’s Hudl film, he caught 19 passes for 376 yards with 3 touchdowns during his junior season.
— Hayden Rucci (@haydengucci) November 19, 2017
Three prospects from Louisville, Ky., ventured to Madison for the Michigan game: 2018 cornerback Jairus Brents, 2019 athlete Wandale Robinson and 2020 wide receiver Izayah Cummings.
Brents, a 5-foot-10, 178-pound senior, holds 34 scholarship offers, including one from Wisconsin, and is the top remaining uncommitted recruit in Kentucky for the 2018 class. He is such a prodigious talent that Kentucky’s football program offered him a scholarship when he was 13.
Brents released his top-10 list of schools on Aug. 22: Wisconsin, Michigan State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Alabama, Purdue, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Indiana and Southern California. He is a 4-star prospect who ranks as the No. 26 cornerback in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.
— C.Vaughn@Aspirations (@Aspirationsgym) November 19, 2017
A number of other prospects tweeted from the Michigan game:
2019 wide receiver Ty DeArman (Arlington, Texas)
— Ty DeArman (@dearman_ty) November 18, 2017
2019 inside linebacker Quinton Hicks (Wichita, Kan.)
— Quinton Hicks (@Quintonhicks2) November 18, 2017
2019 tight end Clay Cundiff (Wichita, Kan.)
— Clay Cundiff (@clay_cundiff10) November 18, 2017
2019 wide receiver Cameron Phillips (Westerville, Ohio)
— Cameron Phillips (@camcap0202) November 18, 2017
Try to land another commitment
Wisconsin began the month with two commitments in the 2019 recruiting class. The Badgers end the month with four. That’s a huge deal for Wisconsin, which does not typically have this many commitments in the next class so soon. Consider that Wisconsin had only one commitment in its 2018 class until February.
Wisconsin received commitments in November from tackle Logan Brown (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and running back Julius Davis (Menomonee Falls, Wis.). They join linebacker Leo Chenal (Grantsburg, Wis.) and quarterback Graham Mertz (Overland Park, Kan.) in the 2019 class.
The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Brown committed Nov. 19, one day after watching Wisconsin defeat Michigan 24-10 in Camp Randall Stadium. Brown’s top two schools had been Wisconsin and Michigan, and he represents a significant commitment for the Badgers.
— Logan Brown (@loganbrown53) November 19, 2017
Brown, a 4-star prospect, is rated as the No. 7 tackle in the country in the 247Sports composite rankings for 2019. And according to 247Sports, Brown would be the ninth-highest-rated recruit to sign with Wisconsin since 2000. He also would be the second-highest-rated Badgers tackle behind Josh Oglesby, who went on to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2011.
“He’s going to bring some athleticism on the O-line,” Brown’s high school coach, Tony Kimbrough, told Land of 10. “Not to say they don’t have that now. But I’m telling you, his ceiling is tremendous. He’s got great potential. He’s very tough. He’s getting better at his technique. For a high school guy, we teach a lot of technical stuff.
“He’ll be college-ready by the time he gets there. Just the overall package. His ability to grow even more under the tutelage of the Wisconsin coaching staff is going to put him in a great position to be successful for his time there.”
Staying home!!⚪️ pic.twitter.com/jI1nBfsaAm
— Julius Davis (@juliusdavis32) November 22, 2017
Davis, a 5-11, 190-pound junior, also visited campus for Wisconsin’s victory against Michigan and picked up a scholarship offer. Three days later, he announced his commitment to the Badgers. Davis is a 3-star prospect who had only one other scholarship offer, from Buffalo. Davis ran for 1,762 yards with 17 touchdowns while playing in what many consider to be one of the toughest high school football conferences in the state.
For an idea how athletic Davis is, check out this highlight of him performing a 360-degree spinning hurdle over a defender on his way to the end zone.
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