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July 1, 2012

By the Numbers: July 1

With eight verbal and two grayshirt commitments already secured in Wisconsin's current class, the Badgers are off to a fast start with roughly seven months still left in the 2013 recruiting cycle.

Despite very limited numbers, UW has likely filled well over 60 percent of the available scholarships in 2013 by July 1. In this report, BadgerBlitz.com takes a look out how head coach Bret Bielema's previous recruiting classes looked on the first day of July.

Please note, all data used in this report was taken from the Rivals.com database and does not take into consideration decommitments, only players who signed with Wisconsin.

Trends under Bielema
Class First Commitment Overview % by July 1
Garret Dooley
The exact number of available spots in this class is far from being determined, but the Badgers have already filled a number of holes this summer. Quarterback, running back and the defensive backfield still need to be addressed before February. Undeterminded
Dan Voltz
Wisconsin faced a similar situation in this class in terms of limited spots. And when the dust settled, 2012 was just a 12-man class, though it also included grayshirts Eric Steffes and Nate Hammon. 58 percent
Jake Keefer
Wisconsin had just four verbals at this time in a class that eventually had 19 signees. Keefer, along with fellow in-state prospects Sam Arneson, Austin Maly and Derek Landisch were committed by the start of July. 21 percent
Konrad Zagzebski
The second largest class since Bielema has been head coach, six players pledged to UW before July in a class that eventually produced 24 signees. Frank Tamakloe and Jake Irwin, both who are no longer on the current roster, committed in June of 2009. 25 pecent
Jordan Kohout
The Badgers landed an impressive 10 prospects from February to June of 2008. Kohout, Shelby Harris and Ryan Groy all committed after UW's junior day with Montee Ball, Chris Borland and Travis Frederick, among others, committing in June. 47 percent
Tyler Westphal
At the end of the day, the 2008 class more than doubled the 2012 class in numbers (26), though Christopher Garner never made it to campus. In one of Bielema's hottest recruiting stretches, UW earned commitments from nine players from June 15 to June 29 in 2007. 50 percent
Nick Toon
Things got off to a bit of a slower start with Bielema and his staff still establishing recruiting ground. Toon and five-star Josh Oglesby were committed by the end of May but the Badgers didn't their next verbal until Louis Nzegwu in early July of 2006. 11 percent
Jake Bscherer
UW received commitments from prospects in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio all before July 1, 2005. This class is most known for the six players added by Bielema right before Signing Day, a group that included two-year starter Scott Tolzien. 22 percent

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