Danny O'Brien– the former Maryland quarterbacks with career numbers of 342-for- 603 (56.7 percent) for 4,086 yards and 29 touchdowns with 18 interceptions – signed with the Badgers in late March and will have two years of eligibility remaining when he steps foot on campus in June.
But as the 2013 recruiting process continues to gain steam, it is apparent that the Badgers are still looking to add a young signal caller to their roster. In our Badger Nation series, here is who we view as Badgers targets (interest listed implies to the prospect's interest in Wisconsin).
Top of the List
Four-star Kevin Olsen (Wayne Hills HS, Wayne, NJ)
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Olsen has put up those high school numbers in a pro-style offense, which his father and coach, Chris, has said is a prerequisite for a college program.
"The offense is certainly important," Chris Olsen told Fox Sports' Brian Dohn. "I think not only what they do offensively, but who is coaching it. Those are the two things I am really keeping an eye on."
"I'll tell you what, it's very impressive," said Chris Olsen of the UW visit. "The facilities are outstanding, and they're redoing them. We got a chance to watch practice and the scrimmage. They certainly have their share of good players. It's a pretty impressive place."
In addition to meeting with the coaching staff, talking to players and watching practice, the Olsens experienced Madison.
"It's everything you look for in a college town," Chris Olsen said. "We went in there not knowing what to expect, other than it was going to be in the Big Ten, it was going to be a big school. Their facilities and what they're doing …it's very impressive, to say the least."
Sources say Olsen – who qualified for the finals of the Elite 11 last weekend - could decide within the next week but unfortunately for Wisconsin, it appears Olsen is learning toward Miami where his older brother, Greg Olsen, played. If that's the case, Wisconsin will have missed on the first four quarterbacks it has offered (Olsen, Aaron Bailey, Max Browne and Malik Zaire).
Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to low interest
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"You can't put the level of success they are playing at past them, but the facilities are second to none," Roback told us. "Coach Bielema, coach Canada and coach Faulkner are all good coaches there. They really bent over backwards for me and my family. They were genuine about what they said, and it's a team that I feel like I could fit into with."
Roback completed 98 of 178 passes for 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns, and scouts have been impressed with his accuracy on short and intermediate routes while also completed some deep passes. Although he only currently has offers from Bowling Green, Miami (OH), Ohio and Toledo, Roback expects to have many coaching staffs come to watch him throw this spring, including the Badgers.
After he snagged Scout's MVP for the performance at the Elite 11 competition away from Olsen, the offers are coming.
Status: No offered Scholarship – Medium-high to high interest
Three-star Conner Manning (El Toro HS, Lake Forest, CA.)
According to Manning, Boise State, Louisiana Tech and USC have already stopped by his school while Air Force, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin and Utah are all expected to come by to watch him throw.
One school that Manning is hopeful comes through with an offer is Wisconsin, which has been in touch with the 6-2, 200-pound quarterback through new linebackers coach Andy Buh.
"I definitely knew when they first start talking to me that they had gone to the Rose Bowl the last two years," Manning told us. "I always like how they play, which is running the ball and smashing you in the face. The running game lets them use play-action and take shots down the field, which I'm a big fan of."
Manning is coming off a season in which he threw for 4,129 yards with 41 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 327-of-527 passing, helping El Toro to the CIF-SS Finals. He broke current USC quarterback Matt Barkley's single-season passing record for Orange County.
Status: No offered Scholarship – Medium to medium-high interest
Three-star John O'Korn (St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Finishing the year with 377 yards, seven touchdowns, and three picks, the junior already has offers from North Carolina, UCF and USF and having visited Alabama and Florida, O'Korn is another player that is looking to take advantage of Florida's spring football practices and throw for coaches, including Wisconsin.
"I am expected at least 20 offers in May-June," O'Korn told Fox Sports' Chad Simmons. "Alabama, Florida State, South Carolina, Florida, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Boston College, and a few more have all told me that they are going to offer after they see me throw in the spring."
O'Korn isn't tied to Florida, especially since he grew up in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and as a Pittsburgh and Penn State fan.
Status: No offered Scholarship – Medium interest
Joe Ferguson (Madison Memorial HS, Madison, Wis.)
Thankfully for him, those problems appear to be in the past. Throwing for 1,247 yards and 9 touchdowns while rushing for 415 yards and five more scores in only four games, Ferguson started to round back into form after his performance at the Elite 11 QB camp in New York – the same camp attended by Olsen and Roback.
For the second straight year, Ferguson plans to camp at Wisconsin and is also drawing interest from Pittsburgh, as former UW offensive coordinator and current Panthers head coach Paul Chryst is one of the few coaches that has seen him throw.
Status: No offered Scholarship – High interest