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July 9, 2013

Gillins shakes up Big Board



D.J. Gillins' commitment yesterday had a lot of ripple effects for the Badgers as they continue to put together their 2013 recruiting class, so I gave BadgerBlitz.com's 2013 Big Board a big update.

We got a lot of compliments on this piece when I originally released it after signing day, and again when I published the first major update. I hope you guys continue to enjoy this feature, and be sure to leave your thoughts in the Badger's Den!

This chart will be updated from now until next year's signing day as prospects jump up and fall off the big board. The order of prospects in their position group does not mean they are more likely to sign with the Badgers or earn an offer from them, but committed prospects will be near the top of each group.

BadgerBlitz.com's 2014
Recruiting Big Board

Head Coach OC / Quarterbacks DC / Linebackers Running Backs Offensive Line

Gary Andersen

Andy Ludwig

Dave Aranda

Thomas Hammock

T.J. Woods
Wide Receivers Tight Ends Defensive Line Secondary Secondary

Chris Beatty

Jeff Genyk

Chad Kauha'aha'a

Bill Busch

Ben Strickland

Quarterback (1)

The Badgers traditionally sign just one quarterback per class.
Name Hometown School Stars Rivals Rating PR Offer Visit Status Notes
D.J. Gillins Jacksonville, Fla. Ribault
5.8 9 YES None UW
Commit

Gillins' commitment means the Badgers should be set at QB.
Nicodem Pierre Miami, Fla. Coral Reef 5.6 23 YES None Not Committed
Pierre is the only other uncommitted QB with an UW offer.
Sean White Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. University School 5.6 22 NO None Not
Committed

White was named MVP of the Elite 11, and could be the next QB offer for UW.
Nick Jeanty Miramar, Fla. Miramar 5.5 N/A NO None Not Committed
Has one BCS level offer from Central Florida.
Manny Wilkins Novato, Calif. San Marin 5.6 24 NO None ASU Commit
Committed to Arizona State, but UW is still interested.

Running Back (2-3)

Much like quarterbacks, the Badgers like to take one or two running backs in a class. They might take two this year.
Name Hometown School Stars Rivals Rating PR Offer Visit Status Notes
Taiwan Deal Hyattsville, Md. DeMatha 5.7 45 YES None UW
Commit

Deal committed in late June to the Badgers and fills a need for them.
Joe Mixon Oakley,
Calif.
Freedom
6.1 4 YES None Not
Committed

Mixon is scheduled to visit in July, and could take an official visit too.
Qadree Ollison Buffalo, N.Y. Canisius 5.5 N/A YES None Not
Committed

Ollison is similar to Deal, but the Badgers would still take his commitment. UW is in his top 5.
Chris James Niles, Ill. Notre Dame 5.7 33 YES None Not
Committed

UW made his top 5, but Michigan State seems to be the favorite.
Madre London Fort Lauderdale,
Fla.
St. Thomas Aquinas 5.5 N/A YES None Not
Committed

London is more of a balanced running back, and the Badgers will have competition for his services.

Wide Receiver (2-3)

The Badgers need to replace two receivers in 2014, and could always use more talent here.
Name Hometown School Stars Rivals Rating PR Offer Visit Status Notes
Cameron Phillips Hyattsville,
Md.
DeMatha 5.7 55 YES None Not
Committed

The Badgers will try to have teammate Taiwan Deal get Phillips up for a visit.
Chris Jones Hyattsville,
Md.
DeMatha
Aquinas
5.7 57 YES None Not
Committed

The Badgers are all-in on DeMatha this year, and would love to get both WRs.
Jalen Brown Phoenix,
Az.
Mountain Pointe
6.0 4 YES None Not
Committed

Brown has family ties to Wisconsin, but the Badgers will likely be underdogs for Brown.
Kadeem Goulbourne Weston,
Fla.
Cypress Bay
Aquinas
5.4 N/A YES None Not
Committed

Goulbourne has a ton of offers, and runs well for a 6-4 receiver.
Jamil Kamara Virginia Beach,
Va.
Catholic
5.8 13 YES None Not
Committed

Chris Beatty has been in touch for the Badgers, but Kamara is likely to stay close to home.

Tight End (2-3)

The Badgers lose three tight ends this year, and could be in the market for a few.
Name Hometown School Stars Rivals Rating PR Offer Visit Status Notes
Mike Gesicki Manahawkin,
N.J.
Southern Regional 5.6 75 YES None Not
Committed

It seems like the Badgers acted too late on a scholarship offer for Gesicki.
Ryan Izzo Sparta,
N.J.
Pope John XXIII 5.5 N/A YES None Not
Committed

Izzo enjoyed his visit to Madison, and said UW would make his top group.
Deandre Goolsby Derby,
Ks.
Derby
5.8 5 YES None Not
Committed

Goolsby picked up an offer from UW, but a lot of schools are chasing him.
Davion Riley Lake Wales,
Fla.
Lake Wales 5.4 N/A YES None Not
Committed

Riley has a lot of offers for a two-star prospect, and the Badgers are involved.
Henry Mondeaux Portland,
Ore.
Jesuit 5.5 N/A NO None Not
Committed

Mondeaux is pretty new to Wisconsin's radar, but has some impressive offers.

Interior Offensive Line (2-3)

The Badgers will lose a few interior linemen after this year, and will need a few more.
Name Hometown School Stars Rivals Rating PR Offer Visit Status Notes
George Panos Hartland,
Wis.
Arrowhead 5.7 19 YES None UW
Commit

Panos committed early to the Badgers and has been solid since then.
Michael Deiter Genoa,
Ohio
Genoa Area 5.5 N/A YES None UW
Commit

Deiter impressed the coaches at camp and committed before leaving campus.
Jarell Broxton Scranton,
Penn.
Lackawanna C.C. 5.6 N/A YES None Not
Committed

The Badgers have a big need on the offensive line, and could fill it through the JUCO ranks.
Aaron Ruff Philadelphia,
Penn.
Imhotep Charter School 5.8 24 YES None Temple
Commit

Ruff committed to Temple, but is looking at visiting other schools.
Damien Mama Bellflower,
Calif.
St. John Bosco 5.9 5 YES None Not
Committed

Mama and Mixon seem to be a package deal, and Mama might visit UW.

Exterior Offensive Line (2-3)

Andersen has said he wants 15 scholarship linemen ideally.
Name Hometown School Stars Rivals Rating PR Offer Visit Status Notes
Jaden Gault Monona Grove,
Wis.
Monona Grove
5.8 23 YES None UW
Commit

Gault committed early to the Badgers and didn't waver during the coaching change.
Jon Bezney Cincinnati,
Ohio
Mariemont 5.5 N/A YES None Not
Committed

Bezney could be close to committing to either UW or any ivy league school.
Kaleb McGary Tacoma,
Wa.
Fife
5.8 26 YES None Not
Committed

McGary has been in touch with Kauha'aha'a for the Badgers.
Frank Ragnow Victoria,
Minn.
Chanhassen 5.7 43 NO None Not
Committed

Ragnow doesn't have an offer from the Badgers yet, but he seems like a good candidate.
Brendan Brosnan Park Ridge,
Ill.
Maine South 5.5 N/A NO None Not
Committed

Brosnan worked out well at Wisconsin's camp in June.

Defensive Ends (1-2)

The Badgers need more talent and athleticism on the defensive line.
Name Hometown School Stars Rivals Rating PR Offer Visit Status Notes
Billy Hirschfeld Hartland,
Wis.
Arrowhead 5.7 19 YES None UW
Commit

Hirschfeld committed in May, and should be a good fit in the 3-4 defense.
Conor Sheehy Milwaukee,
Wis.
Marquette University 5.7 24 YES None UW
Commit

Sheehy should fit as a DE for the Badgers in the 3-4 defense.
Kurt Holuba Oradell,
N.J.
Bergen Catholic 5.6 N/A YES None Not
Committed

Holuba has been in touch with Thomas Hammock for the Badgers.
Connor Humphreys Portland,
Or.
Central Catholic
5.9 7 YES None Not
Committed

Humphreys has been in touch with Kauha'aha'a for the Badgers.
Uriah Leiataua Compton,
Calif.
Dominguez 5.5 N/A YES None Not
Committed

Leiataua picked up an offer from the Badgers recently, and put them in his top two.

Defensive Tackles (1-2)

Defensive tackle is a huge need in this class.
Name Hometown School Stars Rivals Rating PR Offer Visit Status Notes
Craig Evans Sun Prairie,
Wis.
Sun Prairie
5.8 16 YES None Soft
UW
Commit

Evans committed to Wisconsin after the new staff took over, and fills a big need.
Ainuu Taua Lompoc,
Calif.
Lompoc
5.9 6 YES 10/11/2013 Not
Committed

Taua has been in touch with Kauha'aha'a. Competition will be fierce, but a visit has been scheduled.
Armon Watts St. Louis,
Mo.
Christian Brothers
College High
5.6 N/A YES None Not
Committed

Watts picked up an offer from the Badgers recently.
Preston Woods, Jr. St. Paul,
Minn.
South St. Paul Senior 5.5 N/A NO None Not
Committed

Woods camped with Wisconsin, but he might be undersized for their defense.
Claude Pelon Mesa,
Az.
Mesa C.C.
5.9 N/A YES None Not
Committed

Pelon could fill a hole for the Badgers as a JUCO recruit.

Linebackers (2-3)

The Badgers lose three linebackers after this year and need replacements.
Name Hometown School Stars Rivals Rating PR Offer Visit Status Notes
Dominic Cizauskas Mukwonago,
Wis.
Mukwonago 5.5 N/A YES None UW
Commit

Cizauskas earned an offer at camp and committed to the Badgers shorty after that.
Dvonta Derricott Garden City,
Ks.
Garden City C.C. 5.7 N/A YES None Not
Committed

The Badgers like Derricott a lot, but grades could be an issue.
Tegray Scales Cincinnati,
Ohio
Colerain 5.6 40 YES None Not
Committed

Scales has several offers, but his recruitment could still pick up a bit.
Sam Seonbuchner Hartland,
Wis.
Arrowhead 5.5 N/A NO None ISU
Commit

The Badgers are interested, but didn't extend an offer after camp.
Greg Gooch Longwood,
Fla.
Lyman N/A N/A YES None Not
Committed

Gooch also has interest from Minnesota, but UW was his first offer.

Cornerbacks (2)

Gary Andersen's defense requires good, physical cornerbacks.
Name Hometown School Stars Rivals Rating PR Offer Visit Status Notes
Zavior Hoxie Buford,
Ga.
Buford 5.4 N/A YES None Not
Committed

Hoxie visited campus over the summer and it seems like UW leads for him.
Deion Hallmon Weston,
Fla.
Cypress Bay 5.6 45 YES None Not
Committed

Hallmon has UW in his Top 5 and should visit officially this fall.
Demarlon Morris Mesa,
Az.
Mesa C.C. 5.6 N/A YES None Not
Committed

Morris is another JUCO prospect the Badgers have interest in.
Kenzo Cotton Papillion,
Neb.
Papillion Lavista N/A N/A YES None Not
Committed

The Badgers like Cotton at corner, but will have to fight off Kansas State.
John Plattenburg Corona,
Calif.
Centennial 5.6 50 YES None Not
Committed

Plattenburg will be a hot commodity among west coast teams.

Safeties (2)

The Badgers will need to replace one safety after 2013, but could afford to take another.
Name Hometown School Stars Rivals Rating PR Offer Visit Status Notes
Austin Hudson Tampa,
Fla.
Plant 5.4 N/A YES None UW
Commit

Hudson earned an offer at camp and committed a few days later.
Andre Godfrey Miramar,
Fla.
Miramar 5.6 N/A YES None Not
Committed

The Badgers made Godfrey's Top 5, and it sounds like he wants to visit.
Matt Morrissey Lincolnshire,
Ill.
Stevenson 5.5 N/A NO None Not
Committed

The Badgers could have gotten Morrissey with an offer, but MSU seems like the leader now.
Khalia Hackett Douglasville,
Ga.
South Paulding
5.4 N/A YES None Not
Committed

It's down to Kentucky and Wisconsin for Hackett, but UW is an underdog.
Christian Byrum Virginia Beach,
Va.
Tallwood 5.5 N/A YES None Not
Committed

Byrum has been in touch with Chris Beatty, who has been working the east coast for the Badgers.

Athletes (1-2)

The Badgers are looking for athletic players that could play at a few positions.
Name Hometown School Stars Rivals Rating PR Offer Visit Status Notes
Ula Tolutau Salt Lake City,
Utah
East 5.4 N/A YES None UW
Commit

Tolutau committed over the summer, but the Badgers will have to find a position for him.
Greg Stroman Manassas,
Va.
Stonewall Jackson N/A N/A YES None Not
Committed

Stroman could play either wide receiver or cornerback.
Serge Trezy Orlando,
Fla.
Agape Christian
Academy
5.2 N/A NO None Not
Committed

Trezy has offers from Iowa State and Washington State.
Jimmy Bayes Immokalee,
Fla.
Immokalee
5.8 10 YES None USF
Commit

Bayes committed to USF, but it's not a solid commitment.
Jalen Embry Detroit,
Mich.
Martin Luther King 5.6 40 NO None Not
Committed

Camped at UW so an offer could come soon.




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