Badger Nation's Tight Ends

With senior Travis Beckum one year away from graduation, who is Wisconsin looking at to be the next great tight end to wear cardinal and white?

2009 high school tight ends that Wisconsin has shown legitimate interest in

Brock DeCicco (four stars)

6-foot-5, 227 pounds, 4.75 40-yard time

Thomas Jefferson H.S. – Clairton, Pennsylvania

At 6-foot-5, 227 pounds, Brock DeCicco isn't built like a tight end. His numbers and versatility he showcased last season, however, proved otherwise that he can be effective at the end position. DeCicco caught 19 passes for 390 yards and six touchdowns his junior season but was more than just an offense threat. On defense, he was a speedster off the edge, recording 12 sacks on his way to earning first team all-conference and second team all-state honors.

Off the field, DeCicco was solid on the hardwood, averaging 16 points per game and 12 rebounds per game, earning another first-team all-conference award.

Although ranked the eighth-best tight end in the nation, not to many people away from the East Coast have heard of Thomas Jefferson tight end Brock DeCicco. Garnering scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Connecticut, Maryland, Miami (FL) and Pittsburgh, few schools, other than Iowa, away from the coast have shown interest in DeCicco.

This is where former Pittsburgh assistant coach Charlie Partridge comes it. Partridge, who spent a number of years on the Panthers staff, has kept close tabs on the prospect, as the Badgers have stepped up their recruiting efforts on the prospect but have yet to offer.

Status: No Scholarship – Medium Interest

Arthur ‘Artie' Fontaine (four stars)

6-foot-5, 235 pounds, 4.93 40-yard time

Dartmouth H.S. – North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Another dual prospect that plays both tight end and defense, Fontaine is another top East Coast tight end. As a junior, Fontaine made 62 tackles, sacked the quarterback three times and forced two fumbles. He caught 10 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns from his tight end position.

A four-star, 10th-ranked tight end in the country, Fontaine has had an interested recruiting season. Originally narrowing his recruitment down to five schools (Boston College, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Penn State), Fontaine committed to Boston College on May 6 only to de-commit three weeks later, saying that he rushed his decision and wanted more time to consider his choices.

According to Fontaine, Wisconsin has shown interest in him but nothing beyond that, which leads us to believe that the Badgers aren't going hard after him.

Status: No Scholarship – Low Interest

Ra'shede Hageman (three stars)

6-foot-6, 250 pounds

Washburn Senior H.S. – Minneapolis, Minnesota

After a solid sophomore campaign, where he caught 24 passes for 506 yards and five touchdowns, Ra'Shede Hageman already has a Twin Cities championship under his belt, helping his team with three catches for 145 yards and one score. One year later, he is still contributing for Washburn Senior.

Catching 19 passes for 547 yards and 12 touchdowns his junior year, Hageman continues to put up solid numbers on the field. Playing both tight end and defensive end in high school, Hageman is being recruited at both positions but wants to play tight end at the next level.

Holding scholarship offers from Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, the Gophers were the first to offer and have been recruiting him the hardest. According to Hageman, however, Wisconsin is high on his list, as he has attended Badger games and visited Madison a couple of times.

Currently, Hageman is playing for the Howard Pulley 16-and-under AAU team after averaged nine points for his school last year, scoring in double figures in eight games with a season-high of 26 points.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to High Interest

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