Wisconsin didn't lose one potential target on Saturday: the Badgers' recruiting big board has three names erased off it.
The biggest blow came first when Lakota East (OH) offensive guard Jarrett LaRubbio, expecting to visit Wisconsin in just over two weeks, committed to Kentucky on an unofficial visit to the school. LaRubbio cited the campus, fans, coaching staff and the conference as reasons he picked the Wildcats. He also stated that he won't be taking any more visits.
In the afternoon, Opelika (AL) tight end Jakell Mitchell picked Auburn over Florida, Alabama, LSU, Florida State, North Carolina, Wisconsin and many others. The Badgers offered in late March and Mitchell told us he planned on researching Wisconsin, but never committed to a visit.
Auburn also grabbed Atlanta defensive back Nick Ruffin in the afternoon during the "Big Cat Event." Named the Top Defensive Back at the MVP Camp in Alpharetta, Ga. last summer, Ruffin had offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and several other top programs. He never really considered Wisconsin however.
Benzey Checks Out Vanderbilt
Before coming up to Wisconsin early next week, Mariemont (Ohio) offensive lineman Jon Benzey spent time at Vanderbilt, and got the red carpet treatment.
"My visit to Vanderbilt was awesome," Bezney said. "When we got out of the car coming out of the office buildings was Coach (James) Franklin. He was the first one to greet us followed by the whole football coaching staff. So we met everybody as it was like 18 people."
According to Benzey, Franklin wasted little time in making sure Bezney received red carpet treatment.
"Coach Franklin led us on a tour of the football facilities," said Bezney. "He pointed out the outdoor facilities and the new 30-million indoor facilities with their weight room, training room, offices and academic section."
It's believed that Benzey's decision will come down between Wisconsin and Vanderbilt.
More On London
As excited as Madre London was to get his offered from Wisconsin, the Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas running back was equally excited about getting an offer from Florida State.
"I think highly of Florida State," said London. "I fell in love when I went when they played Clemson. Having my first in-state offer is really a big deal for me, I can always go to Florida State. My mom can always come see me because it's not that far. Hopefully if I end up going, I can bring some of my teammates with me."
London hopes to make a top five by the end of the summer and take all of his official visits.
"(I want) a good winning program, a program that can help me in the future, going to the NFL or getting a good degree, a good fan-base, and just the school in general," he said.
Madison La Follette athlete Marcus Collins continues to build up an impressive profile. After getting his first offer from Illinois State, Collins picked up offers from Air Force, Army and Drake on Saturday. He plans on camping with the Badgers next month.
Stone dominated at Texas' Under Armour Invitational
Diamond Stone, Scout.com's top player in the 2015 class, didn't disappoint posting a triple-double with points, rebounds and blocked shots in Saturday's loss to the Carolina Wolves.
At his age, it'd be tough to find a better post scorer. Stone, who stands every bit of 6-foot-10, has a terrific set of hands, great touch around the rim and has the ability to step out and shoot jump shots. Not only did he score when he got touches inside Saturday, but he locked down the glass and blocked double-digit shots.
"I'm just working out pretty much and getting my lower body stronger so I can post up bigger guys," Stone said about his offensive game. "[I have a] left and right hand jump hook. My strength is improving and I'm willing to pass."
As good as Stone was on the offensive end, he was equally impressive on the defensive end, where he blocked over 10 shots and altered others.
"I'm the biggest guy on our team so I just need to be active and I'm well known for blocking shots so I should do that," Stone said.
Wisconsin is one of many schools that are key players in his recruitment.