Setting the scene:
Nebraska (2-3, 0-1) hosts Wisconsin (3-2 0-1) on Saturday in a contest that will likely play a huge factor in the Big Ten West Division. Two favorites in the Division during the preseason, both lost their opening Big Ten game of the year last weekend.
Recruiting in the other's backyard:
- Wisconsin generally stays out of Nebraska. The Badgers currently have zero players on their roster from the state.
- Nebraska currently has multiple players from the state of Wisconsin. Defensive end Joe Keels (reserve) is from Konosha and once was a Wisconsin commit. A.J. Natter, a sophomore defensive end, is from MIlton and had a Badgers offer.
Players both Nebraska and Wisconsin were involved in:
Wisconsin center Dan Voltz had both an offer from Wisconsin and Nebraska, but never took an official visit to Lincoln. Wisconsin running back Corey Clement officially visited Nebraska before deciding the Badgers was the place he wanted to be. Nebraska defensive tackle Vincent Valentine had an offer from the Badgers.
Then there is running back Jordan Stevenson, who orginally signed with Wisconsin. The former four-star running back was denied admissions into school academcially and ended up at Nebraska in late July.
2015 DEPTH CHART (With recruiting rating)
*Years = years out of high school, not with the team.
**Ratings are the newest available rating, so in the case a player went to JUCO, it is their JUCO rating, not HS rating.
WISCONSIN PROJECTED OFFENSE
|NEBRASKA PROJECTED DEFENSE|
|QB||Joe Stave||4||DE||Greg McMullen||4|
|RB||Dare Ogunbowale||4||DT||Vincent Valentine||4|
|FB||Derek Watt||5||DT||Maliek Collins||3|
|WR||Tanner McEvoy||5||DE||Jack Gangwish||5|
|WR||Alex Erickson||5||OLB||Marucs Newby||3|
|LT||Tyler Marz||5||MIKE||Chris Weber||3|
|LG||Michael Deiter||2||OLB||Dedrick Young||1|
|C||Dan Voltz||2||CB||Josh Kalu||2|
|RG||Michah Kapoi||3||CB||Jonathan Rose||5|
|RT||Jacob Maxwell||2||S||Byerson Cockrell||4|
|TE||Troy Fumagalli||3||S||Nate Gerry||3|
|WISCONSIN PROJECTED DEFENSE||NEBRASKA PROJEFTED OFFENSE|
|DE||Arthur Goldberg||4||QB||Tommy Armstrong||4|
|NT||Conor Sheehy||2||RB||Devine Ozigbo||1|
|DE||Chikwe Obasih||3||WR||Brandon Reilly||4|
|OLB||Vince Biegel||4||WR||De'Mornay Pierson-El||2|
|ILB||T.J. Edwards||2||WR||Jordan Westerkamp||4|
|ILB||Chris Orr||1||LT||Alex Lewis||5|
|OLB||Joe Schobert||3||LG||Dylan Utter||4|
|CB||Darius Hillary||5||C||Ryne Reeves||5|
|CB||Sojourn Shelton||5||RG||Chongo Kondolo||5|
|FS||Tanner McEvoy||5||RT||Nick Gates||2|
|SS||Michael Caputo||5||TE||Cethan Carter||3|
* We went with defensive end Jack Gangwish over Freedom Akinmoladun because he was the starter coming into the year and it's currently listed as an "or" in the game notes. Akinmoladun was a three-star TE prospect coming out of high school. Akinmoladun also sat out of Tuesday's practice.
Of course, star ratings don't mean everything. While it is true you need top 15 recruiting classes to usually contend for national titles, the ratings don't factor in player development.