"I am going to wear him out in recruiting," said Hammock.
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 David Williams (Imhotep Institute HS, Philadelphia, PA)
Wisconsin was his 10th offer in the process and instantly connected with Hammock, who made it known that the Badgers were a school known for putting running backs into the NFL and he would be the only back he would coach in the 2013 class.
"I don't want to go to a school that is taking three running backs," Williams told us. "Coach Hammock told me that he knows where he needs to get me to be able to come in and contribute right away. He told me he can help me get to the NFL and maybe win the Heisman one day because he sees a lot of Montee Ball in me."
Williams visited Wisconsin the second week of April, calling the visit ‘better than expected' and said the visit cemented the Badgers in his top five.
"Basically, that (pro) style of offense makes me feel the most comfortable," said Williams. "I am just looking for a good relationship with the coach because it's important to get out there early and have a good relationship with your coaches."
Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to medium-high interest
Four-star Derrick Green (Hermitage HS, Richmond, VA)
On his Wisconsin visit in mid March, Green said he spent time talking to Ball (‘He's a great guy,' said Green), spent time with Hammock – Green's recruiting contact whom he calls ‘real cool' – and met with UW coach Bret Bielema.
"Both guys said they like my style of running and that I would fit into the offense (at Wisconsin)," Green told us. "Both said they would be happy to have me as a part of their family. I definitely can say (the visit) was better than what I expected. I just had a great time."
Green has visited a lot of campuses - Clemson, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech to name a few – and doesn't plan on making a list of favorites until he can get out and see more schools on his list. With the rate he's pulling in offers, his decision may take awhile.
Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium interest
Four-star Alex Collins (South Plantation HS, Plantation, Fla.)
Collins called the city ‘beautiful,' was impressed with the new facilities the Badgers are building and excited with the way Wisconsin utilized its running game. Collins spent his time in Madison talking with UW players, including former teammate Hugs Etienne, and improving his relationship with the coaching staff.
"It was a big deal because it was the most important thing to build that relationship," Collins told us. "I want to see myself playing with these guys, and it was basically me talking with the head coach, the coaching staff and getting to know a little bit about each one of them personally."
Before leaving, the UW staff told Collins that he has the talent and potential to be an every down back for the program. Combined with the academics and the athletics, Collins realized that the Badgers are as good of choice as any. Like Williams and Green, however, Collins plans on waiting on his final decision so that his mom can go on some official visits with him.
Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium-high to high interest
Three-star A.J. Turman (Boone HS, Orlando, Fla.)
"I am a power running back," Turman told Badger Nation. "I am a guy that feels like he can gain more weight and still be a power back."
Turman was reinforced that his style was working when defensive line coach Charlie Partridge applauded him for running with power and how he would fit well into UW's offensive philosophy. Turman called the Badgers' offer ‘surprising' because growing up in the south, he was convinced that he was only going to get offered by in-state or southern schools.
"They have a good coaching staff and I really learned a lot about Wisconsin," Turman told us. "I've done a lot of research about them and they have a really good running game and running history."
While he listed no favorites in early April, Turman did admit that Notre Dame impresses him from an academic standpoint and schools like Florida State, Miami and Tennessee impress him from a competition standpoint. He also said later in the month that Florida State, Miami and Tennessee are recruiting him the hardest.
It appears Wisconsin is banking on one of the three aforementioned running backs coming to Madison. Even if that is true, Turman said he's going to take his visits and decide after his senior season, meaning UW will have time to get back in the race.
Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium-low to low interest
Three-star Godwin Igwebuike (Pickerington North HS, Pickerington, Ohio)
The 6-0, 180 pounder plays both tailback and cornerback, making him a unique athlete with a high level of athleticism and knowledge.
"As a running back, I definitely think one of my strengths is my vision," he told Illinois' Fox Sports website. "That's something natural you have to have as a running back, you can't teach that. I think I'm very agile and have speed. I'm a very tough player overall, and I play to contact. I'm not afraid of contact.
"As a defender, I'm very athletic. I go for the jump ball, and I'm very physical with the receivers. I'm also very versatile and can play both cornerback and safety, wherever I can fit in most at."
Coming from a household that stresses the importance of academics, Igwebuike says that the academic reputation of the programs that are recruiting him will play a major factor in his decision. Having visited Cincinnati, Illinois and Wisconsin, Igwebuike plans on committing during the summer or before his senior season.
Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium interest
Note: The Badgers have offered five-star Illinois back Ty Isaac, four-star Missouri runner Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State commit), four-star Texas back Adam Taylor and three-star Beaver Dam athlete R.J. Shelton (Michigan State commit) but there is little to no interest at this time.