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2019 WR Ty DeArman earns scholarship offer
Wide receiver Ty DeArman, a 5-foot-11, 177-pound junior from Arlington, Texas, became the latest prospect to garner a Wisconsin scholarship offer last week. DeArman previously held an offer from San Diego State, but this marks his first from a Power 5 conference program.
— Ty DeArman (@dearman_ty) November 2, 2017
DeArman’s father, Danny, is his coach at Arlington Bowie High School. Scout.com reporter Gabe Brooks said Danny heard from Badgers defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard, who told Ty to call him. Leonhard then offered Ty DeArman a scholarship as a safety.
“He said he loved the way I played,” DeArman told Brooks. “Said he thought I was a great athlete and played with lots of confidence. Really liked that I played multiple sports.”
DeArman plays baseball and participates in track. He told Brooks that he may visit Wisconsin in the spring now that he has an offer.
DeArman has been a force all over the football field this season. According to MaxPreps.com, he has completed 43 of 80 passes as a quarterback for 462 yards with 2 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He has 337 rushing yards with 3 touchdowns and has caught 17 passes for 135 yards with 1 touchdown. Defensively, he has amassed 40 tackles with 2 interceptions. He also has returned 5 kicks for an average of 20.2 yards per return.
According to 247Sports, Wisconsin has now offered scholarships to 17 wide receivers in the 2019 class. The Badgers do not yet have a commitment from any player at the position.
Here are DeArman’s junior season highlights:
2018 CB Nathan Parodi earns walk-on offer
Nathan Parodi, a 5-8, 156-pound cornerback from Lake Travis (Texas), tweeted last week that he had been offered an opportunity to play football at Wisconsin. The Badgers’ 2018 recruiting class already is considered full with 19 commitments, but Parodi will have the chance to walk on at Wisconsin, if he so chooses.
— Nathan parodi (@nathan_parodi) November 2, 2017
Lake Travis is 7-2 this season. According to MaxPreps.com, Parodi has recorded 460 all-purpose yards as a kick returner. He also has 32 tackles and 3 interceptions as a defensive back. Parodi was high school teammates with current Badgers wide receiver Cade Green.
Check out Parodi’s highlights from his junior season in 2016:
F Jack Hemphill commits to Boston University
Forward Jack Hemphill (Raleigh, N.C.) once seemed as if he could be a potential fit for Wisconsin’s basketball program in the 2018 class. But when he visited campus at the end of September, he was not offered by the Badgers. Instead, the coaching staff decided it wanted to continue to evaluate Hemphill as he played his senior season.
Meanwhile, center Joe Hedstrom (Hopkins, Minn.) accepted a 4-for-5 deal from Wisconsin. He’ll be a walk-on next season and earn a scholarship in 2019. And last week, forward Taylor Currie (Clarkston, Mich.) committed to the Badgers in their 2018 class.
On Saturday, Hemphill committed to Boston University.
Decided to commit to Boston University!! pic.twitter.com/8fRf1f6Pv7
— Jack Hemphill (@rogjhemphill) November 4, 2017
Hemphill held 19 scholarship offers, but none of them came from high-major programs. The list included schools such as American, Binghamton, Columbia, Hartford, Kent State, Navy, New Hampshire, Presbyterian, UNC-Wilmington, William & Mary and Youngstown State.
Badgers commits on the field
Quarterback Chase Wolf put together a career night in his St. Xavier (Ohio) team’s playoff opener last week. Wolf passed for 374 yards with 4 touchdowns to different receivers during St. Xavier’s 40-12 victory against Fairfield. Wolf threw touchdown passes of 77, 37, 12 and 23 yards to help his team improve to 10-1.
Wolf’s 37-yard touchdown pass as time expired in the first half was the highlight. Check out this throw and catch at the back of the end zone.
— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) November 4, 2017
After the game, St. Xavier coach Steve Specht praised Wolf.
“He’s a special talent,” Specht told Cincinnati.com. “The great thing about Chase is you don’t want to make it about one person, and Chase is the first guy that’s never gonna make it about one person. You look at his receiving corps and it’s a pretty impressive group of kids. They’ve got wonderful chemistry. You look at our offensive line and they’re protecting him.
“And Chase will point all this out to you. But the reality is when your quarterback is one of your hardest workers … when your leader is a guy who doesn’t care who gets the credit, and the funny thing for me is I always have to push Chase. I think at times people think this is easy for him because he makes it look so easy and it’s not. He wants to play the perfect game and that’s what I love about him. …
“What Chase does is he throws receivers open. Some guys will sit and they’ll wait and they have to see that window open. Chase doesn’t. He’s throwing it to the window well before the receiver makes the break. It’s a sixth sense.”
In other games involving Badgers commits:
• Jaylan Franklin’s Gibraltar Carlson (Mich.) team lost its district championship game 38-13 to Riverview. Franklin, who will be a tight end at Wisconsin, played quarterback for his team this season. Franklin completed 6 of 11 passes for 149 yards with 2 touchdowns. He threw touchdown passes of 31 and 64 yards.
• Cornerback Travian Blaylock’s Atascocita (Texas) team clinched a district championship with a 55-21 victory against C.E. King. Blaylock recovered a fumble on a kickoff return that led to a touchdown.
• West Bloomfield (Mich.) hammered Waterford Mott 41-7 to win its first district championship in program history. Wide receiver Taj Mustapha, one of two Badgers commits on the West Bloomfield team, completed a 46-yard pass on a flea flicker down to the Waterford Mott 3-yard line with 2 seconds remaining in the first half. The play led to a field goal that gave West Bloomfield a 20-7 halftime lead.
— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) November 4, 2017
Wide receiver A.J. Abbott, the other Badgers commit, caught a 23-yard pass that helped set up a touchdown and a 17-7 lead. On one catch, he hurdled a defender, which can be seen below:
— The D Zone (@TheD_Zone) November 5, 2017
• Avon (Ind.) crushed Brownsburg 47-26 to win the sectional championship. Wide receiver Isaac Guerendo caught a 24-yard touchdown pass. This season, Guerendo has caught 47 passes for 1,083 yards with 14 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.com.
— Mike Williams (@TJFNaptownMike) November 4, 2017
• Culver City (Calif.) defeated Santa Monica 42-0. In that game, Badgers cornerback commit Alexander Smith caught a short screen and outran the defense for an 82-yard touchdown. Smith also recorded an interception.
• Safety Reggie Pearson Jr.’s River Rouge (Mich.) team defeated Chelsea 35-10 to win its fourth consecutive district championship. The Panthers rushed for 356 yards and are now 9-2.
• Loganville (Ga.) defeated Johnson 41-3 in the team’s season finale. Cornerback Donte Burton, the Badgers’ most recent commit in the 2018 class, returned this punt 60 yards for a touchdown.
— Clamp Captain ™ (@burton_donte) November 4, 2017
• Finally, the Chenal brothers continued to torment opponents during Grantsburg’s (Wis.) 30-20 playoff victory against Durand. John Chenal, a walk-on in Wisconsin’s 2018 class, carried 26 times for 241 yards with 2 touchdowns. His touchdowns came on runs of 79 and 5 yards. Leo Chenal, a linebacker commit in the 2019 class, rushed for a 69-yard touchdown.
According to the Burnett County Sentinel, John Chenal recorded 12 solo tackles and 12 assists. Leo Chenal added 11 solos and 8 assists. Their younger brother, Gabe Chenal, had 3 solo tackles and 8 assists.