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Wisconsin Recruiting: 4-star commit Donte Burton leads talented incoming secondary group

Wisconsin Badgers head football coach Paul Chryst has made a name for himself since leaving Pittsburgh to rejoin his alma mater a few years ago. While the Badgers are in the midst of a historic season and have an upcoming contest against the Miami Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl, one of the more underrated pieces of Chryst’s early legacy is his recruiting prowess. Wisconsin has never been one of the prominent teams in the country in terms of recruiting, and they still have a ways to go to catch

Wisconsin Recruiting: Three-star safety Reggie Pearson Jr. eager to arrive in Madison

The Wisconsin Badgers are fresh off a Big Ten Championship loss and close encounter with the Ohio State Buckeyes, falling short 27-21. The Badgers will face Miami in the Orange Bowl at the end of the month and will look to put an exclamation point on an incredible season that saw countless criticism and personnel issues. Wisconsin will take on a much tougher schedule next year, but will likely have just as high expectations with the return of many of their position players, such as quarterback

Big Ten Recruiting: 2019 tight end Caden Blum perfect fit for Big Ten

When someone is asked to describe Big Ten football, terms like grind, tough, gritty and big are often used. For 2019 tight end, Caden Blum, he fits this description perfectly. Blum is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end out of Baraboo, Wisconsin — less than an hour north of Madison and just south of the Wisconsin Dells. Blum’s junior season just concluded and he is starting to feel the heat of the recruiting process as he begins preparing for his senior year of high school. “I have heard from a lo

Big Ten Recruiting: 2018 WR Kaleb Keener using strong senior season to open eyes

In a world full of star ratings, the phrase “diamond in the rough” can sometimes be the most accurate depiction of how the college football recruiting realm works. 2018 wide receiver Kaleb Keener hopes to be the next living example of that metaphor. Despite many accomplishments and accolades, the six-foot athlete out of Green Bay Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wis. has been seemingly overlooked throughout his playing days. Regardless, Keener and his support system are enduring, and Keener

Indiana commit Aaron Casey ready to take Hoosiers to next level

Entering the 2018 season, the Indiana Hoosiers currently sit at 15 hard commits for their football program with 14 three-star prospects and one four-star – running back Ronnie Walker. Of those 15 incoming players, perhaps the most versatile of the group is defensive star Aaron Casey. Primarily a linebacker, Casey has also received notice for his ability to play all around the field, but especially in the defensive backfield. According to him outside linebacker is his true position, but many sit

Minnesota commit Braelen Oliver to lead stacked Gophers 2018 class

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have hung around the top of the Big Ten West division for quite some years now, but have never been able to get over that hump and get to a Big Ten Championship. Facing a longstanding losing streak to the Wisconsin Badgers and a tough division with solid programs in Iowa and Nebraska, the Gophers are needing that extra push to take it up a notch. Fortunately for the Minnesota program, the team landed newly acquired head coach P.J. Fleck following the 2016 season. Fl

Michigan Wolverines score big with five-star defensive end Stephen Herron

It is no secret that Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh can recruit. The program has been ranked by many outlets in the top ten the last two seasons and were up to No. 5 in the country in 2016, according to 247Sports. If there was ever a weak spot in the Wolverines’ recruiting trail, it would likely be 2018- as they currently sit at No. 15 in the country. Let’s skip a year and look at 2019. Already for their 2019 class, the Wolverines have the No. 6 ranked class in the country, despit

Big Ten Recruiting: WR Gavin Knott working for shot at next level

Class of 2018 wide receiver Gavin Knott knows it is not easy to make it to the next level and play college football, but he, along with many, believe his shot is on its way. Knott is currently standing around six feet tall as a wide out from De Pere High School, a suburb of Green Bay in east-central Wisconsin. A prominent high school in terms of athletics, the 1,500 student school is currently struggling with a 2-4 record halfway through the football season. With the thought of graduation and

Big Ten Recruiting: 2019 linebacker Logan Eiden has sight set on multiple programs

For many high school athletes, the urge and ambition to get to the next level oftentimes overshadows the joys of the journey. But for 2019 linebacker Logan Eiden, taking each moment and game as they come is exactly why he is in prime position to make a name for himself moving forward. Eiden is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker out of Neenah High School in Neenah, Wisc. The city of Neenah is located about an hour south of Green Bay and 90 minutes north of Milwaukee. Eiden’s team, the Rockets, are

Big Ten Recruiting: Championship game features two styles of recruiting

Entering the 2017 college football season, the Wisconsin Badgers were not ranked in the top five of the Big 10 in terms of recruiting rankings. Yet, heading into Week 14 the Badgers are the only Power Five conference team without a loss. Wisconsin and the Ohio State Buckeyes will face off on Saturday in the 2017 Big Ten Championship, with the winner in prime position to go to the College Football Playoff (CFP). The Badgers enter the game with a perfect 12-0 record, while the Buckeyes come in at

Wisconsin Recruiting: Four-star offensive tackle commits to Badgers

Over the last several decades, the Wisconsin football program has been dubbed by many “Running Back U.” With the likes of Ron Dayne, John Clay, and Melvin Gordon- to name a few, the Badgers have also had great success bringing in talented offensive lineman, as some could argue their most successful NFL players currently are at that position. Following the team’s 24-10 over Michigan this weekend, the Badgers seem to be poised to continue the trend of great lineman as four-star 2019 offensive tac

Big Ten Recruiting: Former walk-ons big part of Wisconsin's undefeated record

The pursuit of an undefeated season is the goal of every team participating in collegiate athletics. For the Wisconsin Badgers, achieving that goal is just a few games away. The Badgers currently sit at 9-0 on the year and are ranked as high as No. 3 in some polls. While the recipe for their success has been on the shoulders of some big-named players, such as T.J. Edwards on defense and Jonathan Taylor at the running back position, one of the main catalysts of their undefeated start has been th

Big Ten Recruiting: 3-star athletes boast big numbers over the weekend

In a world where rankings and ratings mean a great deal, several lower-rated players made a major name for themselves over the weekend. There are many different outlets and sources giving ranks to high school players all over the country, and while the four and five-star players always have eyes on them, sometimes it is the under-the-radar type players that can put up unbelievable numbers or plays. One of the major performers from the weekend’s high school slate was Northwestern running back c

Big Ten Recruiting: The B1G is at the top of 2018 class rankings

Every recruiting database is different and has different criteria for rankings and determining which player or team has the advantage. One thing that most outlets can agree on is the upcoming dominance of certain particular teams and conferences. The Big Ten has the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked teams in both 247Sports and Rivals‘ 2018 class rankings. That normally would bode well for the rest of the conference as a whole, but unfortunately the Big Ten does not see another team in the top ten in eithe

Big Ten Recruiting: Michigan improving weak spots with 2018 class

The Michigan Wolverines are off to an impressive 4-0 start and currently sit at No. 8 and No. 7 in the AP and Coaches polls, respectively, as they begin diving into conference play. Despite the undefeated mark and high ranking, there are several looming questions surrounding the team – specifically on the offensive side of the ball. Of course, any team that returns just five starters from the previous year is bound to go through some growing pains. To add insult to injury, the Wolverines also j

Big Ten Recruiting: Five-star DE Micah Parsons to visit Lincoln this weekend

Five-star defensive end and No. 4 overall player Micah Parsons will be making a visit in Big Ten Country this weekend. The 6-foot-3, 235 pound lineman out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has been on multiple Big Ten programs’ radar and will be the focus of one particular team this Saturday as he visits Lincoln, Nebraska as the Cornhuskers welcome in Big Ten rival and the No. 9 ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Parsons originally committed to Penn State but has since then re-opened his recruitment. This do

Big Ten Recruiting: Wisconsin Badgers enjoying success from unexpected state

The Wisconsin Badgers have never been amongst the top schools in the country recruiting wise and rarely see any of the big-name recruits go their way. Competing in a conference like the Big Ten- where it can be hard to recruit against the likes of Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan- every year the Badgers still find themselves on top of the conference with the league’s best teams. While the Badgers may not recruit better than some of the bigger names in college football, they may recruit smart

Big Ten Recruiting: Top running backs share similar backgrounds

The Big Ten Conference has been full of high-flying offenses and huge performances so far in 2017. Full of top-notch players, the Big Ten features multiple national award-winning candidates and few Heisman Trophy discussion-worthy players. Two of these stars are running backs Saquon Barkley and Jonathan Taylor of Penn State and Wisconsin, respectively. The two players sit on opposite sides of the spectrum, with Barkley the veteran player with national prominence and Taylor the true freshman mak

Big Ten Recruiting: Wisconsin Badgers add 2019 quarterback

It is no secret that the Wisconsin Badgers’ missing piece over the last several years has been at the quarterback position. Head coach Paul Chryst and his staff are on notice, making a big move early for their 2019 class. Over the past weekend, the Badgers secured 2019 quarterback Graham Mertz, a three-star prospect out of Kansas. According to 247Sports, Mertz’s crystal ball showed a 75 percent lean towards the Minnesota Gophers. Mertz enjoyed several visits with other Big Ten schools over the

Big Ten Recruiting: Top prospect to visit Happy Valley this weekend

As the final stretch of the 2017 season approaches college football fans, it can be hard to think about anything past next year, especially the year 2020. For one game this weekend, all attention in the recruitment realm of Penn State University will be focused on one particular 2020 prospect. Five-star defensive end and No. 1 overall 2020 player (247 Sports), Bryan Bresee, will be in attendance for the Penn State Nittany Lions home night game against the Michigan Wolverines. Of course, any vi

Big Ten Recruiting: Armchair All-American's 2018 class rankings

As we begin the 2017 college football season, new faces will try and make a name for themselves and help make an immediate impact for their teams. With four teams ranked in the preseason top ten, all of which are legitimate contenders to compete for the National Championship, the Big Ten is poised to be one of the strongest conferences in the nation again this year. One of these teams, the Michigan Wolverines, returns just five starters from a year ago, yet are highly ranked to begin the season