Big Recruiting Day on Tap

It's a huge recruiting weekend for Wisconsin, as the Badgers are hosting a large amount of high school juniors for Saturday's spring practice. Badger Nation looks at some of the headliners.

MADISON - On the biggest recruiting day for Wisconsin since hosting the ‘Super Six' in February, Wisconsin will have plenty of in-state recruits and one highly-touted out-of-state running back on its campus this weekend for spring practice.

Badger Nation looks at some of the headliners.

Mukwonago linebacker Dominic Cizauskas

The 6-1, 240-pound Cizauskas is expected to be making his second trip to Wisconsin in as many weeks. An outstanding basketball and football player, Cizauskas – a first-team all-state player - has started to build a relationship with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and secondary coach Ben Strickland. Saying, "it will be cool to be a Badger one day," Cizauskas will likely get his chance to earn his scholarship offer at camp.

Working last season as a middle linebacker, Cizauskas, who is also hearing from coaches from Northern Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa State and South Dakota State, could be a good fit in UW's 3-4 defense because of his natural athleticism.

Madison La Follette defensive back Marcus Collins

Collins already visited Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin last fall, and it was in contact with secondary coach Chris Ash and tight end coach Eddie Faulkner before leaving. Collins is a versatile athlete for La Follette, playing both wide receiver and cornerback for the Lancers. He's a better cornerback with his open-field tackling skills and his ability to use his speed in coverage and run defense.

Collins' father, Willie Collins, played for Wisconsin in the late 1970s and early 80s, including lettering in 1981. Having attended multiple Wisconsin home games and having consistent dialogue with the coaching staff, the Badgers have made impression on Collins early on.

Madison Memorial receiver Daurice Fountain

Fountain was a on the radar of receivers coach Zach Azzanni throughout last season. Fountain visited for the Wisconsin-Minnesota game and Azzanni scouted Fountain, along with then-senior Jester Weah, at a game last season. Wisconsin needs receivers and Fountain will be evaluated as the year progresses.

Brookfield Central offensive lineman Luke Rasmussen

From Ben Strickland Alma mater and from the same school as 2013 recruit Chikwe Obasih, Rasmussen had visited UW a number of times, including Wisconsin's victory over Minnesota last October. Having started on varsity since his sophomore year, Rasmussen has the advantage of coming from a program that has produced a number of productive players for Wisconsin over the years.

Already holding an early offer from North Dakota, Rasmussen has heard a lot from Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Pittsburgh.

Rice Lake linebacker Austin Roberts

Earning first-team all-state honors from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a junior, the 6-3 Roberts has registered 262 tackles, eight sacks and 10 forced fumbles the last two seasons from his linebacker position.

Holding early offers from Central Michigan, North Dakota and Yale, Roberts has added upwards of 30 pounds to his frame and hopes to play his senior varsity season around 220 pounds.

Roberts has probably been the busiest in-state recruit. He camped at Iowa State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Minnesota last season and stopped at Indiana and Purdue to visit the campuses. This spring he has visited Central Michigan, Iowa State, Minnesota and Northern Illinois and has another visit planned to Minnesota April 12.

"Hopefully I'll be able to meet George Panos," Roberts told our Allen Trieu. "We've been messaging each other over Facebook a lot. I'm starting to hear more from Wisconsin, Coach Strickland and Coach Drewek both made contact with me, but it hasn't quite been as much as I'd like. Hopefully once I get there on the 6th things will start moving some more. If not I'll probably have to go prove myself at camp this summer."

Hartland Arrowhead Linebacker Sam Seonbuchner

One of the key players on Hartland Arrowhead's state champion defense, the 6-2, 215-pound Seonbuchner has already picked up offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Iowa State, North Dakota State and Ohio. Additionally, Seonbucher has heard from South Dakota State and visited Northern Illinois and Minnesota.

Hartland Arrowhead linebacker Matt Seitz

A teammate of Seonbuchner and UW targets Billy Hirschfeld and George Panos, Seitz has to start rebuilding his relationship with Wisconsin, as he was extremely close with former UW linebacker coach, now California defensive coordinator, Andy Buh. Seitz already visited Nebraska and Northern Illinois last fall, but is still searching for his first scholarship.

Marion (OH) Harding running back L.J. Scott

Arguably the biggest out-of-state name coming this weekend, the 6-0, 25-pound Scott has picked up BCS offers from Louisville, Michigan State and Wisconsin this month. Being recruited by coach Bill Busch, who reportedly visited Scott at his school, Scott will be the second offered tailback on UW's campus this week (Taiwan Deal on Wednesday). Scott has visited Michigan State, plans to visit the Spartans again along with Louisville and is also hearing from Penn State and West Virginia.

Other players expected in attendance

Milwaukee tight end Jonathan Carson, who recently got his first offer from Central Michigan.

Madison West tight end Aubrey Johnson.

Waukesha Catholic Memorial safety Alec Kocour, who has an Illinois State offer.

Ocala (FL) Belleview offensive tackle Ben Jones, who is originally from Wisconsin.

Grafton tight end/offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel

Badger Nation will have full recaps from many of these recruits in the days to come

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