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Wisconsin set to sign its best class of the Rivals.com era

In just a few hours, pen will hit paper as national letter of intents are set to be processed across the country during college football's early signing period.

For the Wisconsin Badgers, head coach Paul Chryst and his staff are expected to bring in the highest-rated recruiting class of the Internet-era (2002). As of Tuesday morning, UW has the No. 24 class in the country, but that can certainly change this week and beyond until the late period in February. As long at the Badgers stay under No. 32, this will be the top-rated group set to arrive in Madison.

Following is a deep dive back into the rankings to look at how this heralded class stacks up.

Graham Mertz
Graham Mertz (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

Where the 2019 four-stars rank all-time

Highest-Rated Offensive Tackles
Rank Player Class Stars RR

1

Josh Oglesby

2007

6.1

2

Logan Brown

2019

6.0

3

Jake Bscherer

2006

5.9

4

Joe Thomas

2003

*N/R

*Rivals.com did not have a RR rating in 2003
Highest-Rated Quarterbacks
Rank Player Class Stars RR

1

Graham Mertz

2019

5.9

T2

Jack Coan

2017

5.8

T2

Curt Phillips

2008

5.8

T2

D.J. Gillins

2014

5.8

5

Tyler Donovan

2003

*N/R

*Rivals.com did not have an RR rating in 2003
Highest-Rated Cornerbacks
Rank Player Class Stars RR

T1

Keelon Brookins

2013

5.8

T1

Semar Melvin

2019

5.8

*All other signees have been 5.7 or lower
Highest-Rated Tight Ends
Rank Player Class Stars RR

T1

Kyle Penniston

2015

5.8

T1

Austin Traylor

2011

5.8

T1

Hayden Rucci

2019

5.8

*All other signees have been 5.7 or lower
Highest-Rated Defensive Tackles
Rank Player Class Stars RR

1

Nick Hayden

2004

5.9

T2

Brandon Hoey

2006

5.8

T2

Jordan Kohout

2009

5.8

T2

Garrett Rand

2016

5.8

T2

Rodas Johnson

2019

5.8

*Five-star Justin Ostrowski was listed as a defensive end
Highest-Rated Linebackers
Rank Player Class Stars RR

1

Travis Beckum

2005

6.0

2

Vince Biegel

2012

5.9

T3

Spencer Lytle

2019

5.8

T3

Jake Keefer

2011

5.8

T3

Elijah Hodge

2005

5.8

T3

Noah Burks

2016

5.8