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December 20, 2013
Badger Watch 3: Tight ends
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 tight ends.
1. Last update: Badger Watch: Tight ends (7/9/13)
2. What's happened since July?
Wisconsin's top two targets at the position, Mike Gesicki and Ryan Izzo, committed to Penn State and Florida State, respectively. While the Badgers have extended a select few additional offers, it appears they are content not adding a tight end in the 2014 class.
3. What happens next?
One name to look out for is Kano Dillon, the teammate of wide receiver commit Natrell Jamerson. Dillon did not take his scheduled visit in the fall but could visit in January, though that possibility is becoming less likely.
In addition to Wisconsin, the two-star Vanguard product is considering an offer from USF, and has been attracting interest from both Florida and Kentucky. The Badgers are waiting on updated test scores from the 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect.
Wisconsin commit Beau Benzschawel, 6-foot-6, 252 pounds, played tight end in high school but projects on the offensive line at UW.
"They told me I will be playing offensive line," Benzschawel told BadgerBlitz.com. "The (official) visit was really informational and we talked a lot about what it's going to be like when we get there. Basically we learned everything there is to know about what we will experience when we get there.
"I think with my body type the offensive line would be a better fit, and I'm happy to be a Badger no matter what position I play."
Four-star Tyler Luatua had Wisconsin in his top five but never visited before committing to Notre Dame. Florida prospects Adly Enoicy and Davion Riley remain uncommitted, but will likely end up committing elsewhere.
4. Class Prediction:
I think Dillon stays closer to home at USF, and the Badgers finish the class without adding a tight end.
T.J. Watt was recently named offensive scout team player of the year, and the Badgers are excited about the young talent they already have on the roster. A tight end addition at this point would be more luxury than need.