The Chart: 2013 Quarterbacks – Part II

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.

MADISON - Although Wisconsin has hit the transfer lottery in back-to-back seasons, recruiting a top-level quarterback appears to be the same old challenge for the University of Wisconsin.

Even after grabbing Bart Houston last season, the Badgers have spurred by five four-star quarterbacks a third of the way through the 2013 recruiting process. The two biggest blows came from New Jersey quarterback Kevin Olsen and Illinois quarterback Aaron Bailey. Both players visited Wisconsin and both players committed elsewhere for different reasons (Olsen had family tied to Miami and Bailey wanted to play close to home).

So where do the Badgers go from here? Well, it still appears the Badgers are in the market for a quarterback and could find out within the next month whether they've found their guy … or have been turned down by another talented athlete.

In our Badger Nation series, we update who the Badgers appear to be targeting (interest listed implies to the prospect's interest in Wisconsin).

Top of the List

Four-star TraVon Chapman (Roosevelt HS, Kent, OH)


One of Ohio's top prospects, the 6-2, 205-pound junior threw for over 2,200 yards and rushing for nearly 700 yards. After taking an unofficial visit to the Badgers for Wisconsin's spring game at the end of April and throwing for offensive coordinator Matt Canada in mid May, Chapman picked up a Wisconsin offered that got his blood pumping.

"I was all smiles when I got that offer," Chapman told Badger Nation. "Every offer means a lot, but an offer from a prestigious school like Wisconsin with its winning program just pushes it over the top. It's more than words can describe right now.

"Wisconsin told me I'm their guy and they want me to be their quarterback. I was there for the spring game and was very impressed, so this offer is huge for me and they're at the top of my list."

Since the end of May, Chapman has narrowed his double-digit offers to five schools – Arizona, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin – and plans to make his decision to later than July 1.

"I feel comfortable at most of the schools," Chapman said. "It's a random group, but I feel good about that group."

Wisconsin fans should feel better about its chances with Chapman compared to Olsen, Bailey or Anthony Jennings (who had UW in his top four after visiting before picking LSU).

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to high interest

The Next Level

Three-star John O'Korn (St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)


Seeing his offer list bump up to four following a scholarship from Houston over the weekend, the 6-3, 195-pound Korn is on the cusp of earning more offers, especially if he is communicating with the 20 to 30 schools that he claims.

One of the schools that is talking to O'Korn is Wisconsin. Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge has been heading down to St. Thomas Aquinas for years and he brought offensive coordinator Matt Canada to watch O'Korn throw.

"I got to spend some time with them, they told me that they loved what they saw, that I can make all the throws and I have a lot of the abilities they are looking for," O'Korn told Badger Nation. "They want me to get on campus so they can keep building that relationship. If it was strictly based on football, I would have an offer, but they just want to get to know me better before they pull the trigger."

We'll find out if that's true, as O'Korn said he will visited the Badgers in two weeks. If Chapman has made a decision by that time, we'll have a better idea where O'Korn stands.

Status: No offered Scholarship – Medium interest

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


From throwing for countless college coaches, turning in an impressive performance in the Elite 11 quarterback competition and visiting multiple college campuses, there isn't too much more that Roback thinks he can do to impress people.

Roback – who passed for 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns last season - has thrown for coaches from Akron, Boston College, Indiana, Kent State, Kentucky, Miami (OH) and Wisconsin. He also visited Rutgers when he was out in New York and took a spring visit to Wisconsin in April.

"(Wisconsin) told my coach before Olsen committed that they weren't going to wait on him, and they are supposed to be coming into my school soon," said Roback, who impressed Canada with his arm strength and his footwork. "I think I left a good impression on them.

"Wisconsin is a great place and it's one of my top schools by far. I have a good relationship with the coaches and Coach Bret Bielema and I got to know each other pretty well. I am hopeful that they will offer."

Roback is still waiting for that BCS offer that Wisconsin said was coming. It's unclear when exactly (or if) it is coming.

Status: No offered Scholarship – Medium-high to high interest

Three-star Conner Manning (El Toro HS, Lake Forest, CA.)


After turning some heads after breaking USC quarterback Matt Barkley's Orange County single season passing yardage record during his junior season (throwing for 4,129 yards with 41 touchdowns), Manning continued pushing himself after taking home MVP honors at the Southern California Nike Football Training Camp.

Those two results have Manning getting interest from virtually the entire Pac-12 and throwing for a number of coaches.

"I've already thrown for a good amount of coaches, like USC, Louisiana Tech, Boise State, Wisconsin, Oregon State, and Fresno State, and I know some more coaches are coming down to watch," Manning told Fox Sports. "I didn't really do any camps last year, so not that many people have seen me throw in person. I think when they come out in the spring, hopefully it starts heating up."

Manning said that no specific programs are standing out yet. He's been talking to the Wisconsin coaches since the Badgers came and watched him throw, so he could be in line for an offer should the guys above him go elsewhere.

Status: No offered Scholarship – Medium to medium-high interest


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