Breaking Down the Big Board

Is Marcus Ball a virtual Wisconsin lock? What are the odds the Badgers get Corey Clement, Alex Collins or David Williams? Will the coaching staff get another player out of Florida? Badger Nation breaks down who is left on the big board and offer some predictions.

With the commitment of Plantation (Fla.) cornerback Sojourn Shelton on Tuesday, Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class holds 15 verbal commitments, 12 of whom will certainly start on full scholarship. With Wisconsin having only nine scholarship seniors and estimating 3-4 spaces open for natural attrition, the Badgers are not expected to take more than four verbal commits this season.

With that in mind, Badger Nation gives its ‘Best Guess Recruiting List' of where Wisconsin's top targets will wind up come Signing Day. It will change over time with players being added and dropped. Remember recruiting is a marathon and not a sprint.

players are listed alphabetically

S: Marcus Ball 6-3/205 Westerville-South HS (OH.)

Receivers coach Zach Azzanni has been recruiting Ball for awhile now and he is been flying under the radar with the whole Wisconsin fan base following Shelton's recruitment. Ball's older brother, Ray Ball, playing currently for Wisconsin puts the Badgers in great shape. Prediction: Wisconsin

RB: Corey Clement 5-11/200 Glassboro HS (NJ.)

Clement is currently a soft verbal to Pittsburgh, but has taken a few official visits and has an upcoming one to Wisconsin next weekend. This is a key visit to not only Wisconsin, but Pittsburgh as well. I think his recruitment will take a twist in the end, but not in the Badgers' favor. Notre Dame got Clement on an official visit and it went well. Plus the Irish are on the rise from this strong season. Prediction: Notre Dame

RB: Alex Collins 5-11/207 South Plantation HS (FL.)

Collins is very familiar with Madison after being up there multiple times and recently made an official visit to Wisconsin against Illinois. Shelton and him are close friends, and Shelton said he will be recruiting Collins very hard. It will be tough fighting off those SEC powers, especially since Florida just entered the mix, but the Badgers are in good position to land the five-star tailback. Prediction: Wisconsin

ATH: John Franklin 6-1/175 South Plantation HS (FL.)

Franklin is almost a sure fire commit if he got offered, but it's unclear how high he is on Wisconsin's board. Although he could help in the recruitment of his close friend, Alex Collins, it doesn't mean that the Badgers would be a lock for Collins. Right now, I just don't see him getting that offer and I see Franklin staying in the sunshine state to play football. Prediction: Florida International

QB: Zack Greenlee 6-1/190 Lincoln HS (CA.)

The wildcard on my list is Greenlee. Wisconsin has been playing musical chairs with the quarterback position and offensive coordinator Matt Canada is supposed to see him practice. If Greenlee can impress Canada, we could see an offer coming his way and might see him visit for an official visit. He is committed to Fresno State but if Wisconsin did happen to offer, I think he would be Wisconsin's to lose. Prediction: Wisconsin

CB: Boaz Joseph 6-1/190 Cypress Bay HS (FL.)

While Joseph is not highly rated, his offer sheet says otherwise. Florida State and Georgia could be the next to offer the talented defensive back, but Kentucky has really made a strong push for a time. Wisconsin has one of his friends already in Shelton, but the main thing trying to get Joseph on campus. I just don't see it happening. Prediction: Kentucky

OT: David Knevel 6-8/295 Pauline Johnson C&VS (ONT.)

Knevel's recruitment has been on the rise and has taken a few official visits already to Nebraska and Purdue. Both the Cornhuskers and the Boilermakers have left a good impression from the official visits. I think Purdue has the upperhand on everyone right now, but Wisconsin could make a major move if he takes an official visit to Madison. Knevel earned his offer at UW's summer camp and spoke highly of the experience and tradition the Badgers have. Time will tell if he takes a visit to Wisconsin, but it is pretty safe to say you will be seeing Knevel playing in the Big Ten somewhere. Prediction: Purdue

DT: Monty Nelson 6-2/320 Plantation HS (FL.)

Wisconsin has been making a splash in the sunshine state and just landed Nelson's teammate in Shelton. Nelson wants to visit Madison and if he happens to make the trek north, then I wouldn't be surprised to see him be the third defensive tackle to join the fold. Prediction: Wisconsin

CB: Cameron Walker 5-11/175 Loyola HS (CA.)

Wisconsin is in Walker's top six, but California seems to be strong here. There is a possibility that Walker won't even be able to make it up to Madison and just got off a fantastic visit to Cal, his second visit to Berkley. Wisconsin chances are going to loom on how or even if that visit goes. Prediction: California

RB: David Williams 6-1/185 Imhotep Institute CHS (PA.)

Six schools are currently standing out for Williams - Tennessee, Ohio State, West Virginia, South Carolina, Nebraska and Arizona State. He went to Arizona State on an official visit and came away impressed, as the Sun Devils vaulted themselves up in this race and could be tough. I feel a team that will sneak up is Steve Spurrier and South Carolina and show Williams how they will use him like Marcus Lattimore. Prediction: South Carolina


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