The Badgers are well ahead of the recruiting curve for what is shaping up to be a star studded 2012 recruiting class that only has a handful of targets remaining on board. The Badgers have eight verbal commitments in a class that sits with approximately five more spots currently.
In this series, Badgernation.com takes a look at the prospects on board, who is out there and who isn't out there. The criteria are the prospect must hold a verbal offer from Wisconsin or must be actively recruited and have an interest in the Badgers.
Four-star LB Vince Biegel, 6-3, 205, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High
Badgernation.com's take: The Badgers have put a fence around the state for years and have successfully gotten a verbal commitment from every top prospect they wanted, but Wisconsin was in danger of losing Biegel to BYU. With Biegel's dad being a former BYU standout and his family of Mormon faith, Biegel really looked hard at the Cougars after Dave Doeren left for Northern Illinois. After meeting coach Dave Huxtable, having a desire to play close to home and wanting to play with a close knit group of players, Biegel committed before the spring game. Biegel is a dynamic player with the ability to read offenses and always seems to be around the ball. Biegel earned all-state honors after making 175 tackles, four interceptions and six forced fumbles last season.
Who is out there:
Four-star LB Deaysean Rippy, 6-2, 200, Sto-Rox (PA) High
Badgernation.com's take: Rippy has spent more of the summer playing 7-on-7 football and not worrying about his recruiting, but that slowly appears to be changing as the calendar approaches August. A list that has over 30 offers, Rippy is going to try and narrow down by the beginning of next month, even though a lot of schools told him that they'll hold a spot for him. Rippy compares himself to an Ed Reed/James Harrison guy, someone who plays hard, hits harder and attacks the ball.
Three-star LB Jaylen Coleman, 6-1, 220, Peabody (PA) High
Badgernation.com's take: A close friend with current UW sophomore Manasseh Garner, it seemed all that stood between Coleman and a UW scholarship offer was a visit to Madison. For whatever reason, two scheduled visits to the campus fell through, and it seems UW has cooled for the time being on Coleman. Coleman once said if he would get a UW offer, he would probably commit, but now it appears is that he's probably headed to Pittsburgh.
Who isn't out there:
Once the Badgers got Biegel, Wisconsin seemingly backed off a lot of players, meaning the Badgers really didn't miss on anyone. If Doeren was still at Wisconsin, it would be interesting to have seen how hard UW would have continued Donavin Newsome from St. Louis. A four-star backer, the Badgers had recruiting Newsome since last year with Doeren but the interest waned when Doeren left. Newsome said that he felt pressure to stay closer to home, a reason he picked Missouri, but Madison is only about 5-6 hours away.