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2018 RB Kazmeir Allen lists Wisconsin in top 6
One of the most sought-after uncommitted running backs in the 2018 class released his list of top six schools, and Wisconsin was the only program from outside the West Coast to make the cut. Kazmeir Allen, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior from Tulare, Calif., released a list that featured Fresno State, Cal, Arizona State, San Diego State, USC and Wisconsin.
My Top 6… Subject to change pic.twitter.com/mLdeRFOpXh
— Kameir Allen (@kazmeir_) November 24, 2017
Allen’s recruitment has heated up in November, and three of his current top six schools offered scholarships in the last few weeks. Wisconsin offered Allen on Nov. 9, USC offered Nov. 20, and Arizona State offered Nov. 22. UCLA added another offer to Allen’s list on Tuesday. Allen, a 3-star prospect, is rated as the No. 21 all-purpose back in his class, according to the 247Sports composite.
According to the Visalia (Calif.) Times Delta, Allen carried 17 times for 251 yards with 4 touchdowns to help Tulare Union beat Dinuba 49-21 and capture the Central Section Division II title. He also caught 1 pass for 31 yards. Allen scored on touchdown runs of 2, 38, 26 and 91 yards. He raised his state single-season record for total touchdowns to 70. Tulare Union will next play in the regional championship game.
The highlights from Allen’s senior season are something to behold. According to his Hudl film, he has rushed for 2,989 yards this season with 833 receiving yards. He also has 4,183 all-purpose yards.
Allen’s speed is perhaps his greatest attribute. He finished sixth last season in the 100-meter dash at the CIF state track & field championships with a time of 10.48 seconds. Allen committed to Boise State on June 13 but de-committed Aug. 2 when he began receiving interest from Pac-12 schools.
2019 DE Michael Fletcher likes Badgers
Michael Fletcher, a 6-6, 240-pound defensive end from Flint, Mich., took an unofficial visit for Wisconsin’s game against Purdue on Oct. 14 and received a Badgers scholarship offer on the trip. According to 247Sports, Fletcher has eight offers, from Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Iowa State, Northern Illinois and Toledo.
Michigan State and Wisconsin appear to be Fletcher’s top two schools at this stage, but he came away impressed by what he saw on his visit to Madison.
“Yeah, I like Wisconsin,” Fletcher told Allen Trieu of 247Sports. “It’s a great school. I like what they’re doing. It’s a great place to be. I love the atmosphere up there, and it’s definitely a school I’m looking at.”
Wisconsin has actively recruited Michigan and has five commitments from the state in its 2018 class: wide receivers Taj Mustapha and A.J. Abbott (West Bloomfield), offensive tackle Michael Furtney (Milan), safety Reggie Pearson Jr. (River Rouge), and tight end Jaylan Franklin (Rockwood). Wisconsin also nabbed 2019 offensive tackle Logan Brown (Grand Rapids), who is the No. 7 player at his position in the country.
Fletcher is a 3-star prospect who is rated as the No. 15 player in Michigan for the 2019 class. He said Wisconsin and Michigan State had been speaking to him the most. The experience he had at Wisconsin was memorable.
“Everything seemed brand new. The field is nice, the stadium is nice, the atmosphere is great, student section is crazy, fans are crazy,” Fletcher told Trieu. “It was a great time, and it’s just a great place.”
Fletcher has the skill set to be a solid pass rusher, which you can see in some of his junior-season highlights below. On the first highlight, Fletcher pushes past the left tackle, through the running back and chases down the quarterback to force a fumble.
2019 QB Graham Mertz does it again
Quarterback Graham Mertz, a 2019 Badgers commit, polished off a dream junior season by leading his Blue Valley North team to a 49-42 victory against Derby in the Kansas Class 6A state championship game. Mertz completed 24 of 30 passes for 462 yards with 4 touchdowns. He scored on a 15-yard touchdown run with 57 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Blue Valley North quarterback Graham Mertz scores the game winning touchdown for a 49-42 win over Derby for the Kansas 6A State football title. @bvschools @BVNorthFootball @KCStar @KCStarHS @SportsDailyKC pic.twitter.com/MnlZ8300QA
— John Sleezer (@jsleezer) November 25, 2017
One week earlier, Mertz led Blue Valley North to a thrilling 44-37 double-overtime victory against Blue Valley to earn its first-ever berth in the state championship game. Mertz threw for 305 yards with 3 touchdowns, rushed for 95 yards and accounted for 5 touchdowns total in the semifinal game.
Mertz hadn’t even started a varsity game before this season because he was stuck behind another talented quarterback at Bishop Miege named Carter Putz, a Notre Dame baseball commit who won the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year award for football last season. Mertz transferred to Blue Valley North and found his niche.
Wisconsin coaches saw enough on film after a few games to offer him a scholarship Sept. 19. He visited Wisconsin for its home game against Northwestern on Sept. 30 and committed to the Badgers on Oct. 8.
According to Mertz’s Hudl film, he completed 269 of 434 passes this season (62 percent) for 3,684 yards with 45 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He added 5 rushing touchdowns. Wisconsin certainly appears to have snagged a tremendous quarterback in its 2019 class.
In other playoff games involving Badgers commits:
• Batavia defeated linebacker Jack Sanborn’s Lake Zurich team 21-14 in overtime to win the Illinois Class 7A state championship. Sanborn finished with 11 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery.
It's been a heck of a ride! So thankful and honored to have been apart of LZFB for 4 years. Thank you to the Lake Zurich Community, coaches, and teammates as I would not be where I am without the help and support of so many people. Thank You! GO BEARS‼️
— Jack Sanborn (@JackSanborn79) November 26, 2017
• Clarkston defeated West Bloomfield 3-2 in the Michigan Division 1 state championship game. West Bloomfield receivers A.J. Abbott and Taj Mustapha, both Badgers commits, performed well despite their team’s loss. Abbott caught 6 passes for 79 yards, and Mustapha caught 3 passes for 76 yards.
There’s always going to be bumps in the road. There’s always going to be this and that, adversity. You just overcome it. It’s what I’ve done my whole life… next chapter#OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/iU9ZGMTOz9
— Taj Mustapha (@taj_m22) November 27, 2017
With success, comes a lot of Hate…Ima ball regardless…see yah next season pic.twitter.com/l9r81je9mY
— A.J. ABBOTT (@ajabbott81) November 27, 2017
• Finally, Austin (Texas) Westlake running back Nakia Watson recorded 200 yards from scrimmage to help his team defeat Smithson Valley 51-31 in a playoff game. Watson caught 2 touchdown passes covering 39 and 8 yards. He added 2 rushing touchdowns and rushed for 111 of his 148 yards in the second half.
“I just told myself, ‘You can do it. You’ve got to break down the defense. Break down every play, and if it’s not there, it has to be open somewhere,’ ” Watson told the San Antonio Express-News. “So you’ve just got to find it.”
— Gerald Tracy (@GTracySports) November 24, 2017
Leaping into next round like….. pic.twitter.com/QUpVlwHzNg
— Nakia Watson (@nakiawatson04) November 27, 2017
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