Wisconsin recruiting: OLB Braden Cassity earns grayshirt offer, big weekend ahead, 2 hoops commits sign

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2018 OLB Braden Cassity earns grayshirt offer

Braden Cassity, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound outside linebacker from Austin, Texas, tweeted this week that he had earned an opportunity to play for Wisconsin. The Badgers offered Cassity ― a 3-star prospect in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite ― as a grayshirt, which means he would be on scholarship beginning in the spring semester for 2019.

“I was very, very excited,” Cassity told Badger247.com writer Evan Flood. “I went up there two weeks ago and it was just a blast. Going up there kind of changed my whole view on the school. I’ve got a love for it now. This offer is very important to me.”

Cassity visited for Wisconsin’s 38-13 victory against Maryland on Oct. 21 with high school teammate Nakia Watson, a running back who has committed to the Badgers in the 2018 class.

“He is one of my best friends, hands down,” Cassity added. “He sent me a text with a bunch of exclamation points. We talked about how we’d be roommates if we went there together.”

Cassity holds scholarship offers from Army, Marshall, Navy, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas State, Toledo, Tulane and Tulsa. He also has a grayshirt offer from Oklahoma State.

According to MaxPreps.com, Cassity has registered 45 total tackles this season with 11 hurries, 10 tackles for loss, 4 sacks and 1 interception. Westlake, which is 9-0 and ranked No. 3 in Class 6A, plays Cedar Park Vista Ridge on Friday.

Big recruiting weekend ahead

Wisconsin’s home against Iowa on Saturday isn’t just important for the Badgers on the field. It also will represent one of the more significant games to impress prospective recruits.

Writer Allen Trieu of 247Sports.com reported that 2019 defensive end Adam Berghorst (Zeeland, Mich.) would be among those on campus for the Iowa game this weekend. Berghorst’s recruitment is just beginning to heat up. He received his first two scholarship offers ― from Western Michigan and Central Michigan ― in November.

Berghorst is 6-7 and 245 pounds, and Trieu reported that while he primarily plays defensive end in high school, his “upside may be highest as an offensive tackle, even though he hasn’t played there before.”

At least one of Wisconsin’s 2018 commits will be on campus for the game as well. Wide receiver Aron Cruickshank (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tweeted that he would be in Madison this weekend.

Taylor Currie and Joe Hedstrom sign with Wisconsin hoops

Both of Wisconsin’s commits in the 2018 recruiting class signed with the Badgers on Wednesday during the first day of the college basketball early signing period: Joe Hedstrom, a 6-10 center from Hopkins, Minn., and Taylor Currie, a 6-8 forward from Clarkston, Mich.

Wisconsin officially announced the signing of Currie in a news release. The Badgers can’t officially announce the Hedstrom signing until the spring because he won’t be on a full scholarship when he arrives on campus. Hedstrom agreed to a 4-for-5 deal, which means he will enter the program as a walk-on before earning a scholarship in 2019-20.

“Taylor’s recruitment intensified quickly and we could easily see that he fit in well with our culture not only on the court, but off the court and in the classroom as well,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said in a news release. “When he visited Wisconsin, he impressed us with his maturity level and understanding of the process of how to have success as a Badger.

“I think he has an excellent chance to really develop and excel in our program. Taylor is a very skilled post player with the ability to stretch defenses with his range to the 3-point line.”

Currie is originally from Ohio and attended Worthington Christian High School for his freshman season before his family moved to Michigan. He told Land of 10 last week that Worthington was an academically advanced school that allowed him to move ahead in his high school credits.

Following his sophomore year at Clarkston High School in Michigan, Currie said he took three classes online over the summer, which allowed him to bypass his junior year entirely and become a senior. As a result, he reclassified from the 2019 recruiting class to the 2018 class. He turned 17 in August.

Currie started on a Clarkston team that finished 27-1 and won the Class A state championship. He averaged 9 points, 8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 54 percent from the field. He finished with six double-doubles during the season, including a double-double in the state semifinal and the title game. In the championship, Currie tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Currie, who chose Wisconsin over Xavier, told Land of 10 he intends to take a redshirt season in 2018-19. Wisconsin will have at least four scholarship seniors next season with Khalil Iverson, Andy Van Vliet, Charlie Thomas and Alex Illikainen. Forward Ethan Happ also could return if he doesn’t declare early for the NBA draft.

“Nothing is set in stone,” Currie said. “But the plan right now is to come in next year and redshirt. I’m a bit younger for a senior, so coming in and having the year to learn swing and do things the way they do them at Wisconsin, I feel like I would have an opportunity my freshman year after that redshirt to be able to contribute to the team right away.”

Hedstrom had 10 scholarship offers, and Wisconsin’s most significant competition was Utah, which offered him on Oct. 1.

“I was the guy they were going for,” Hedstrom told Scout.com reporter Ben Worgull after his commitment. “They needed a center, and I really believe them and trusted them. Them asking me to walk on my first year, that didn’t matter. It’s Wisconsin. I just wanted to throw myself into it and go all in because I know I could play at that level …

“They said they don’t beg guys to come here. The program speaks for itself. If you want to take this challenge, this is one of the best places you can do it at. I fully believe that.”

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