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May 23, 2013Follow @Jon_Gorman
With spring football over, recruiting takes center stage for Wisconsin's coaching staff. Over the next two weeks, BadgerBlitz.com will analyze UW's recruiting efforts with a position-by-position breakdown of targets to see how the Badgers will fill their 2014 recruiting class.
Today, we continue our series with a look at the linebackers.
1. How many will Wisconsin take?
With the switch to a 3-4 defense, the Badgers will take a huge hit at the linebacker spot after next season. Chris Borland (projected starter), Conor O'Neill, Ethan Armstrong (projected starter), Tyler Dippel and Brendan Kelly (projected starter) are all set to exhaust their eligibility. Look for Wisconsin to really try to stock up here, and take as many as six inside and outside linebackers, combined.
2. Who has Wisconsin landed so far?
The Badgers have not landed any linebackers in the 2014 class.
3. Who's off the board?
The only recent offer who decided to go elsewhere was Bryson Allen-Williams, who committed to South Carolina. Michael Ferns (Michigan) and Kobie Walker (Kentucky) were both offered by the previous coaching staff.
4. Which recruits does Wisconsin have the best shot at landing?
The Badgers sit in junior college linebacker Dvonta Derricott's top five. They also sit well with Tegray Scales, Jaboree Williams and Tyler Burke, who has Wisconsin in his top three.
"Maryland, Rutgers and Wisconsin, definitely," Burke told Rivals.com in regards to his top three schools. "Then UConn and Georgia Tech are kind of still in there, too. But [Maryland, Rutgers and Wisconsin], they've been talking to me the most and want me, and that's what I want, too. I want to go to a school that shows they want me there. Unless I go somewhere else [to visit] and just get blown away, it'll probably be one of those three."
5. Any long shots out there?
Wisconsin isn't really in the mix for any of their four-star targets. They also have some catching up to do with Rohan Blackwood and Joe Henderson, who would both likely be outside linebackers in a 3-4. Expect to see many more offers go out at this position.