The Chart: 2013 Quarterbacks

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema likes to take a quarterback every recruiting cycle, so who are the Badgers targeting under center in 2013? Badger Nation looks at the position.

One could argue that Wisconsin has already grabbed its scholarship quarterback heading into next season.

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)

Rated the No.8 quarterback in the nation, Olsen became one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in the nation following his junior season. Brining in dozens of offers after completing 124 of 205 passes for 1,686 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions and coming from a family where his two older brothers earned big-time scholarship offers, Olsen was popular early with a dozen offers by August.

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."

That's one of the main reasons why the Olsens scheduled spring visits to visited Auburn, Miami, South Carolina and Wisconsin, which is where they visited in the third week of April.

"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

The Next Level

Four-star Brogan Roback (St. John's Jesuit HS, Toledo, Ohio)

The 6-4, 180-pound Roback – ranked the No.26 QB in the country by - has been to places like Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan State, but he called his Wisconsin visit the third weekend of April ‘one of the best visits he had so far' was for multiple reasons. One is that Roback isn't blinded to the success the Badgers have had the last two seasons winning back-to-back Big Ten championships. Two is that the new facilities he got a sneak peak of will make the Badgers one of the best in the country.

"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.)

Despite a monster junior year and an MVP performance at the SoCal NIKE Camp, Manning, like Roback, is still searching for his first BCS offer and will likely get opportunities when college coaches come to watch him throw.

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.)

Not many backup quarterbacks get the kind of attention the 6-3, 195-pound Korn has gotten in the early parts of the recruiting process, but the backup from St. Thomas Aquinas is already better the most program's starters.

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.)

The grandson of UW Hall of Famer Barry Alvarez, Ferguson has battled back from a bizarre junior season. Ferguson came down with acute compartment syndrome, likely from a routine hit he took, and had to go through three surgeries to release the pressure on his nerves and remove about 20 percent of the muscle in his lateral calf. He also suffered nerve damage in his left foot, putting into question his future.

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

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