Penn State vs. Wisconsin Recruiting Storylines

Penn State and Wisconsin face-off in a Big Ten Championship game. Before the Nittany Lions and Badgers take the field, FightOnState.com takes a look at the recruiting stories that will play a role in Saturday's match-up.

When Penn State and Wisconsin take the field this weekend to decide the Big Ten Championship, it'll mark the first time that these teams have played each other since 2013.  Penn State won that match-up 34-21 and have won the last two games against Wisconsin.

PENN STATE VS. WISCONSIN: CLASS RANKINGS

With this week's commitment of four-star defensive tackle Fred Hansard, Penn State moved from No. 28 in the rankings to No. 20. 

2017 Class- Current Class

Penn State

Five-Star recruits: 0

Four-star recruits:7

Three-star recruits:8

Total star average: 3.47

Class ranking:20

Wisconsin

Five-star recruits: 0

Four-star recruits:1

Three-star recruits: 12

Total star average:2.93

Class ranking:41

 

2016 Class

Penn State

Five-star recruits:2

Four-star recruits:6

Three-star recruits:10

Total star average: 3.40

Class ranking:21

Wisconsin

Five-star recruits: 0

Four-star recruits:4

Three-star recruits:19

Total star average: 2.93

Class ranking:23

 

2015 Class

Penn State

Five-star recruits:0

Four-star recruits: 13

Three-star recruits: 12

Total star average: 3.52

Class ranking:13

Wisconsin

Five-star recruits:0

Four-star recruits:5

Three-star recruits: 14

Total star average: 3.20

Class ranking: 31

PENN STATE VS. WISCONSIN: CLASS OF 2017 COMMITS

Penn State 2017 commits that also hold Wisconsin offers

http://www.scout.com/player/195093-fred-hansard?s=157

http://www.scout.com/player/187401-jonathan-sutherland?s=157

http://www.scout.com/player/201421-cameron-sullivan-brown?s=157

http://www.scout.com/player/189213-d-j-brown?s=157

http://www.scout.com/player/195514-c-j-thorpe?s=157

Wisconsin 2017 commits that also hold Penn State offers

None.

PENN STATE VS. WISCONSIN: 2017 UNCOMMITTED TARGETS

There are players in the Class of 2017 that Wisconsin and Penn State have both given offers to.

http://www.scout.com/player/194525-ambry-thomas/recruiting?year=2016&s=157

EDIT: Thomas visited Penn State last weekend and said that Penn State was "high" on his list. 

http://www.scout.com/player/195949-isaiah-wilson/recruiting?year=2016&s=157

Neither school is in Ambry's final list of schools.

http://www.scout.com/player/181240-danny-davis/recruiting?year=2016&s=157

http://www.scout.com/player/202711-scott-nelson?s=157

Nelson took an official visit to Wisconsin on Oct. 29.

http://www.scout.com/player/203374-pete-werner?s=193

WISCONSIN'S PENNSYLVANIA CONNECTION

http://www.scout.com/player/185505-alex-hornibrook?s=407

Alex Hornibrook originally committed to Pitt back in 2014 and then de-committed after Paul Chryst resigned.  Chryst took the head coaching position at Wisconsin and Hornibrook decided to follow him and commit to the Badgers.  Hornibrook, who has been splitting time with Bart Houston over the past six games, is listed as questionable after suffering a head injury in last week's game against Minnesota.

 


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