The Chart: 2013 Receivers - Part II

With a four-star receiver and two in-state talents giving their verbal commitments, Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class appears done with talented pass catchers ... or maybe not. Badger Nation looks at the position.

MADISON - With a hug and a sigh of relief, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema knew he had found his stud wide receiver of the future in four-star wide receiver Rob Wheelwright. Apparently after watching Kenosha Tremper wide receiver Jazz Peavy during Wisconsin's one-day summer camp, Bielema again found another stud wide receiver to put in the mix.

With between 10-12 scholarships available, Wisconsin has secured verbal commitments from those two receivers and Pewaukee (Wis.) tight end T.J. Watt. With definitely recruiting needs at running back and the secondary and looking to possibly take a quarterback, it appears the Badgers are set at the position for the Class of 2013. If you read below, you may think differently.

In our Badger Nation series, we update who we view as Badgers targets (interest listed implies to the prospect's interest in Wisconsin).

Top of the List

Four-star Rob Wheelwright (Walnut Ridge HS, Columbus, OH)

Although recruited mostly by Wisconsin's former assistant coaches, Wheelwright didn't write the Badgers off when DelVaughn Alexander and Joe Rudolph left the program. Wanting to build a relationship with the new Wisconsin staff before making his decision, Wheelwright was smitten by new wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, who made Wheelwright his top priority.

"He's a great guy," Wheelwright told us. "He stuck with me, tried to contact me every day and we talked a lot. I really like that about him.

"I really liked the facility and I liked the program. Everything was real nice. It seemed like they really wanted me to come and I was really appreciative of that. I made the decision right before I left that I wanted to come here"

Wheelwright, the younger brother of Minnesota receiver Ernie Wheelwright (2004-'07), has a knack for making plays. Improving his body, his routes and his overall game following his sophomore season, Wheelwright was a confident junior for Walnut Ridge HS, making 44 catches for 600 yards.

"He kept growing up (from last year) and really improved his strength, route running," said high school coach Bryon Mattox. "He always caught the ball really well, but he continued to get better in that area. He got faster ... He reminds me of a young Nick Toon."

Of all the recruits in Wisconsin's class so far, Wheelwright appears to be the least secure with his verbal commitment. Although Wheelwright said the support has been positive from his classmates, who attend school deep in Ohio State country, and from his extended family, he expects to keep hearing from schools until signing day.

"As of right now, I won't be taking any more visits, but I am sure I'll be hearing from some other schools," said Wheelwright. "If coaches contact me, I'll still talk to them but as of right now, I am committed to Wisconsin."

Status: Committed – 90 percent chance he signs with Wisconsin

Three-star T.J. Watt(Pewaukee HS, Pewaukee, Wis.)

After posting 27 catches for 505 yards and three touchdowns his junior season, Watt – 6-4, 200 pounds – picked the Badgers over Minnesota and Northern Illinois after Wisconsin increased his offer from a grayshirt opportunity to a full offer.

"I'm very excited to commit because it's been a dream of mine," Watt told us. "That's why I committed right away. Every time I go up there, it feels like home to me."

Watt was the perfect replacement when Pittsburgh tight end Scott Orndoff backed out of his verbal commitment – a tough, blue-collared player who is without any thrills. If he turns out like his two older brothers, this is a terrific pickup for UW.

Status: Committed – 100 percent chance he signs with Wisconsin

Two-star Jazz Peavy (Kenosha Tremper HS, Westlake Village, CA)

In early April, nobody knew anything about Peavy other than he had a groovy first name. That has made his two month rise up the recruiting charts all that more impressive; a journey that ended with a Wisconsin scholarship and a verbal commitment in mid June.

Peavy enjoyed a breakout day at the 2012 Nike Football Combine in Chicago in April, posting the top score at the event of 120.27 SPARQ that is a cumulative score of various drills.

Peavy ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and posted a 4.00 in the 20-yard shuttle. The 6-foot, 170-pounder leaped 33.8 inches in the vertical and threw the power ball 40.5 feet. Peavy equaled those marks at a Nike Football Training Camp in Champaign, Illinois.

"It was definitely a really exhilarating experience," said Peavy, who raised his SPARQ nearly 30 points from last year. "I went into it kind of hoping I'd get Top 10 because last year I believe I was Top 50. Everything I did turned out a lot better than what I thought."

Even though Wisconsin is short on scholarships, Peavy's performance – which mirrored his two Nike Camps - at Wisconsin's one-day summer camp Sunday warranted head coach Bret Bielema to give him a full offer … and Peavy commit shortly thereafter.

"It's a place that I've always wanted to go and it's been a dream of me," Peavy told us, easily picking Wisconsin over Central Michigan, Minnesota and Wyoming. "Everything they offer for you at Wisconsin is just amazing. I've heard stories that it's the best place to be for the Big Ten. I had to be there … You have to be a fool to be from the state and not accept that offer."

Peavy is talented, quick, athletic, coachable and well conditioned. He'll be extremely useful for the Badgers.

Status: Committed – 100 percent chance he signs with Wisconsin

Next in Line

Dylan Chmura (West HS, Waukesha, Wis.)

Catching a team-best two catches for 22 yards and a touchdown in a 45-26 victory over Stevens Point in the WIAA Division 1 state championship game (West only threw five times), Chmura was poised to have a big summer in the weight room to prepare for his junior season.

Unfortunately for him, one bad rebound on the basketball court has caused him to have a long rebound back to the football field. Playing in the Al McGuire Center against Germantown in March, Chmura got his legs taken out on a freak play, snapped his Ieg and tore his ACL.

"It was just one of those things," Chmura said. "I was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

That chapter is officially closed for Chmura, son of former Green Bay Packers tight end Mark Chmura, when he picked up a Michigan State offer following the Spartans' high school camp on June 21. This summer marked the first time in 18 months that Chmura has put on pads, and says the leaps he has made in his two camps give him confidence heading into Wisconsin's camp.

"They are going to judge it with how well I do and my knee does at camp and go from there," said Chmura. "They want to give me a scholarship, but they want to prove that I deserve it at the camp … I am at a point where I am comfortable with schools I have been talking to. It'll probably be down to State and Wisconsin."

Chmura said he plans to commit before his senior season. If Wisconsin offers a scholarship, I'd expect Chmura to accept it.

Status: No Offered Scholarship – High interest

Note: The Badgers have offered four-star Minnesota receiver James Onwualu (Notre Dame commit), four-star California receiver Francis Owusu (Stanford commit), three-star Florida wide receiver Travis Johnson (uncommitted), five-star Pennsylvania tight end Adam Breneman (Penn State commit) and four-star Ohio tight end Jake Butt (Michigan commit), but there is little to no interest at this time.

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