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December 17, 2013

Badger Watch 3: Quarterbacks

With the regular season over and just a few weeks left before Signing Day, 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 class.

Today, we provide a final look at the quarterbacks.

1. Last update: Badger Watch: Quarterbacks (7/6/13)

2. What's happened since July?

As predicted, the Badgers landed four-star D.J. Gillins, who is very solid to Wisconsin. A 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect from Florida, Gillins fits the dual-threat mold of what Gary Andersen and Andy Ludwig are looking for in a quarterback.

Gillins is enrolling in January, and could be in the mix for early playing time.

"It talked to the coaches a lot," Gillins told BadgerBlitz.com after his official visit in September. "They told me about working hard and working my way onto the field. I'm really glad that I went because I talked to coach Andersen, coach Ludwig and really the whole staff, even the weight lifting coaches. I felt like I saw everything during the visit.

"The coaches were talking about doing some zone-read. They think the zone-read with me could be highly effective because of the way the other teams key Wisconsin's running backs. He said we can spread the ball out a little bit more in order to do more things."

3. What happens next?

On the recruiting front, not much. With Gillins committed and Austin Kafentzis already in the fold for 2015, the next Badger quarterback targets will likely come in the 2016 class.

4. Class Prediction: Gillins will be the only quarterback taken in this class. He will compete with Joel Stave, Bart Houston and Tanner McEvoy when he arrives on campus this spring.

"I can't wait to get there," Gillins said. "The visit showed me how blessed I am to have a chance to play at Wisconsin."

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