Following last year's Wisconsin summer camps, Coach Barry Alvarez expressed disappointment in the turnout of legitimate Division I talent at his camps. The staff made an effort to turn things around with some changes this year. But from preliminary indications from sources inside the program, things weren't much better with the first half of summer camp, which ended Wednesday.
While there were plenty of athletes participating in the camps, which might lead to a handful of offers down the road, there haven't been a wealth of campers with Division I offers (or potential). The second camp, which runs Sunday-Wednesday, will feature several athletes with offers from the Badgers.
Wisconsin coaches can't comment on their impressions of athletes in their camps, nor are they allowed to offer scholarships to athletes at their camps per NCAA regulations (this is one NCAA rule that is consistently breached by other programs, as fans can attest by reading accounts of other camps this summer).
By far, the best moment of camp came on its first day, when quarterback Bryan Savage shocked the UW staff by committing on his unofficial visit. To say Savage's commitment was an unexpected surprise would be an understatement. The UW coaches were ecstatic to receive a commitment this early by one of the top quarterbacks on the East Coast, if not the nation.
And while the turnout of athletes with legitimate Division I potential was disappointing, there were some notable names that popped up throughout the camp (many players came in for one-day only, which was one of the concessions the staff made in an attempt to attract more players).
Among the participants in the camp were the following:
A 6-4, 180-pound wide receiver from Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio, Grigsby has great hands and caught 48 passes for 804 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He does not currently have an offer from Wisconsin, but has the potential to earn one down the road.
A 6-3, 195-pound quarterback from Athens High School in The Plains, Ohio, Gregory passed for 1,137 yards and rushed for 359 yards last season. Gregory does not have an offer from Wisconsin, and is unlikely to receive one after the commitment of Savage.
Although just a junior, this 6-6, 275-pound offensive lineman from Barrington (Ill.) High School will be one of the top players at his position next year. Doering is a relative of former Badger captain Jason Doering, and has the same warrior mentality that Jado had. He will be one of the top priority UW recruits a year from now.
One of the top defensive linemen in the nation and perhaps the best overall player in the state of Wisconsin, the 6-6, 265-pound Anderson was named second team All-State at Oak Creek High School last year, with 33 tackles-for-loss and 21 sacks. He lists Wisconsin amongst his favorites, but the Badgers are running against some of the elite programs in the country for his services (Miami, Oklahoma, Nebraska among them).
A teammate of Anderson's at Oak Creek, this 6-1, 175-pound strong safety led his team in interceptions and was second on the team in tackles last season. He does not have an offer from Wisconsin.
One of the fastest kids on the Badgers' board, Dance is a 110-meter hurdle champion, runs a 10.5 100-yard dash and a 4.4 40-yard dash. The 6-2, 195-pound wide receiver/defensive back is a close family friend of Levonne Rowan, who he hung out with while attending the camp. He is also attending camps at Iowa and Purdue on this swing through the Midwest. Dance has a frame that can support a lot more muscle, and he could eventually project as an outside linebacker.
Featured in last month's print edition of Badger Nation, Klepatz is a 6-6, 225-pound senior at New Berlin (Wis.) Eisenhower. Klepatz spent the first day of camp as a quarterback and the second day at tight end. If he were to receive an offer from UW, it would be as a receiving tight end.
- Minneapolis seniors Brandon Brady (Holy Angels) and Corey Flom, a defensive lineman, also attended camp. We don't have a lot of information on either athlete, but will let you know if/when we hear more. Brady did not participate in a lot of drills due to an injury. Neither have UW offers.
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