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July 11, 2013Follow @Jon_Gorman
With summer camps over and more commitments in place, Wisconsin has a better idea of what its 2014 recruiting class will look like. Over the next two weeks, BadgerBlitz.com will reanalyze 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 reexamine the defensive linemen.
1. Last update: Badger Watch: Defensive linemen (5/22/13)
2. What's happened since May?
Wisconsin secured verbal commitments from its top three in-state defensive line recruits: ends Conor Sheehy (Marquette University) and Billy Hirschfeld (Arrowhead), along with tackle Craig Evans (Sun Prairie), who was recently ranked as the No. 190 player in the country, according to the updated Rivals250. The four-star prospect, however, camped at Michigan State and reported a recent offer from Alabama, though just how solid that tender is remains to be seen.
"I knew going to Michigan State that it was going to grab my attention a lot," Evans told BadgerBlitz.com. "I could really see myself playing at Michigan State. It's going to be a tough decision for me when it comes down to it. That was a great visit.
"Coach (Mark) Dantonio is a great guy. Coach (Pat) Narduzzi is an awesome guy. It's a family there that I dig."
Evans, who also showed up at the Badgers' second camp in June, is still listed as a soft commit to Wisconsin.
There have been no recent commits, but a few Wisconsin targets may be close. Armon Watts recently named UW his leader barring a Tennessee offer, so he's certainly one to watch in this class.
"I like Tennessee a lot," Watts told Rivals.com. "I like Wisconsin a lot, too. I'd have to say Wisconsin is my favorite right now."
New Jersey's Kurt Holuba was also offered during an unofficial visit and UW is in strong contention for his services.
"The visit to Wisconsin was really nice and I enjoyed every part of it," Holuba told BadgerBlitz.com. "It felt really good to get the offer, too, and realize that Wisconsin is a realistic option for me."
Uriah Leiataua, Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, and Connor Humphreys, among others, also remain interested in the Badgers. Humphreys, a four-star prospect from Oregon, is expected on campus in late July.
In a bit of a shocker, Jarvis Polu committed to Army and Tyler Powell jumped on an offer from North Carolina. Other than that, most of Wisconsin's top targets remain on its board.
3. What happens next?
The biggest visit on the horizon is that of Humphreys, who will be on campus this month. One of the Badger Den's favorites, Wisconsin will have to beat out Tennessee and a number of West Coast schools for Humphreys, but he has shown very strong early interest in the Badgers.
Ainuu Taua will also likely take an official visit this fall, and the staff feels confident about his recruitment.
4. Class Prediction: The Badgers look poised to take two more defensive linemen. When all is said and done, I think they will add Watts and make a bit of a splash by adding Humphreys.