It may seem like a daunting task, but the Badgers have been in good shape with Detroit Cass Tech senior Kenton Gibbs since Wisconsin offered him in late June.
"I like Wisconsin," Gibbs told Badger Nation. "I went during the summer (and liked) seeing the weight facilities that were coming into the picture. I saw it with my own eyes and it looked pretty good. Coach Herbert is a great strength and conditioning coach, so I liked that."
Recruiting by Eddie Faulkner (the same coach who was the lead recruiter with Latham), Gibbs has stayed in touch with Wisconsin's tight end coach.
"Me and coach Faulkner are cool and have a real good relationship," said Gibbs. "He's come by the school a couple of times."
Although his recruitment is back on his plate after de-committing from Illinois in late August, Gibbs has been focused on two more important things: the Detroit Tigers getting to the World Series and getting his team back on track.
"College is not important right now to me," said Gibbs. "I still have a task at hand."
After a pair of blowout victories, Gibbs recognized his team needs to find its groove after a 44-13 defeat that leaves the Technicians 6-2 entering the regular season finale.
In a way, it's playing out like last season. Finishing 6-3 in the regular season, Cass Tech outscored its four playoff opponents 94-23 to win the school's first Division 1 state championship.
"This season has been a disappointment so far," said Gibbs. "Just like last year, we have time to be a championship team and to come together. We are working on (hitting our stride)."
Gibbs said he will wait to take official visits after the season.
"Any visit that I do take that I do make has to be something with a serious motive for me to do it," Gibbs said. "I am focused on being a better player and a better leader. I have kind of shut things down for now."