One of the earliest 2014 scholarship offers extended by the old coaching staff was to Fort Lauderdale (Fl) St. Thomas Aquinas receiver Corey Holmes, a 6-2, 180-pound receiver that has offers from virtually every big name school in the country.
Planning summer trips to UCLA, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Clemson, Vanderbilt and some others, Holmes says he is talking to Notre Dame, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Florida, North Carolina State, Florida State and Miami the most. However, it appears Holmes might still have interest in Wisconsin. Speaking to Jacksonville (FL) Ribault quarterback D.J. Gillins after Wisconsin offered him this week, the dual-threat quarterback said he was\ planning on visiting the Badgers later this fall with his cousin, who is Holmes. "I want to get them with my cousin," said Gillins. "He was excited for me to get that offer and he was excited to possibly visit with me. "
While he is still a long shot, Holmes is a solid route runner, speedster and pass catcher who could provide instant help to Wisconsin's offense.
Jelks has a Timetable
Phoenix Desert Vista defensive end Jalen Jelks isn't planning on too many recruiting activities over the summer, but does plan to narrow down his list of schools prior the start of his senior campaign and continue to dwindle down that group as the season progresses.
Currently, he doesn't plan to take any official visits until after the season end and would like to take trips to all the schools he has interest in.
"I'm going to pretty much go everywhere," Jelks said. "I'm not going to shoot down a school without knowing the coaches' ability or seeing what the school is all about. I'm going to give all of them a chance, I mean I have to. I can't just narrow it down because of a name. A school's name doesn't mean anything. I want to go to all of them if I can."
Proximity to home is one factor the lineman remarked that won't weight heavy on his decision, but another factor will certainly play a role.
"Mostly right now academics," Jelks said. "If I don't make it for football I'll always have that, I can get a good education in. I want to go to a renowned name school I can do well at and after I can get a stronger job with."
In 2012 the lineman collected 39 tackles and four sacks. In the weight room he recorded marks of 480 lbs. squatting, 315 on the power clean and 330 benching. He also reported a 40-time of 4.8 seconds.
Kizer Appears Out
Earning his ticket to the Elite 11 quarterback competition, Toledo quarterback DeShone Kizer never mentioned Wisconsin in any interviews that he did with Fox Sports Next, signaling that the Badgers – despite being named in his top five – are no longer a realistic option.
Kizer will visit Alabama and LSU next week. It is the Tide on Thursday and the Tigers on Friday. He is also staying in contact with Ohio State and Notre Dame, two schools who have not offered, but are still recruiting him. He does not have a decision date in mind.
UW Cooling on Williams
Previously committed to his home-state Georgia Bulldogs, Monroe George Walton Academy running back Stanley Williams picked up a Wisconsin offer in May and said the Badgers were still involved as late as May 17. Now he says that he is talking with Arizona, Clemson, Kentucky and West Virginia the most since he re-opened his recruitment.
It's no secret that Wisconsin has Joe Mixon as its number one running back, but the Badgers need a backup plan. Williams is a speedy player with the ability to play multiple offensive positions and has good vision. He said he isn't ready to make a decision, considering he de-committed only six weeks ago.
"I just opened things back up recently. I'm just trying to take my time and take things step-by-step. Who knows when the time will come? It could be after football or before football season. It could go up to signing day. There's a lot to look forward to in my recruitment."
West Adds Notre Dame
The timing just wasn't right for Lima (Ohio) Catholic Central safety Darius West to make his college decision on Thursday. That was good news for Wisconsin, who West said he had genuine interest in visiting before making his decision.
By Friday morning, however, West's recruitment became more competitive when Notre Dame offered him a scholarship; a school he was really hoping to get all along. While he didn't mention Wisconsin, West hopes to visit the Irish as well as Miami, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and West Virginia this summer before thinking of making a decision.
"I've learned a lot during this process," explained West. "I've learned you have to be honest to yourself and not rush anything. You have to be 100% in your heart and just be patient with the process and not do what other people tell you."
Cobb in No Rush
Los Angeles Salesian linebacker Jamardre Cobb (6-1, 218), is the West's top middle linebacker and he has offers from all over the country, including one from Wisconsin. However, it appears Cobb is more interested in the schools in the south.
"The most amazing offer I got was from Florida State," said Cobb. "I was really happy about that. I'd always watched them on television growing up. Miami was another great school that offered me. South Carolina too."
Cobb doesn't anticipate making a decision anytime soon.
"I'm going to take all five of my trips and make a decision after my visits," said Cobb.
Pittman Setting Up Visits
Jacksonville (FL) First Coast 2015 linebacker Sherrod Pittman already holds early offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCF, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. While he does not know dates he does know some teams he wants to visit during the summer months. "I'm going to visit Florida, Florida State, USF, UCF, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and Georgia Tech. I want to see if I can fit in the program and become a better player. My strength is getting to the ball fast, coverage skills and pursuit. My recruiting process is going great."
New Wisconsin Offers
Tampa (FL) Jesuit linebacker Vincent Jackson
Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake receiver Artavis Scott
Thatcher (AZ) Eastern Arizona College running back Serge Trezy