The Morning Buzz

Badger Nation looks at the news and notes involving Wisconsin recruits from Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, including updates on Jamil Kamara, Matt Nelson, Gaelin Elmore and more.

Badgers Finally Make A Cut

After Wisconsin seemed to be eliminated from every four-star or five-star recruit's cut down list over the past few weeks, the Badgers finally made the early grade for an elite prospect at a position UW sorely needs to upgrade. Virginia Beach (VA) Bishop Sullivan Catholic wide receiver Jamil Kamara cut his list of over 25 scholarship offers down to a final nine by the end of April. On Sunday, Kamara trimmed his list again and made some slight variations.

Kamara cut his list to seven with the Badgers, Virginia, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Miami, North Carolina State and Pittsburgh all making the cut. The 6-2, 205-pound Kamara eliminated LSU, Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia from his original final nine while adding the Mountaineers and the Spartans.

Kamara said recently he plans summer visits to Vanderbilt, Virginia, Miami and possibly visits to Michigan State and the West Coast. He also is unsure of when he is going to Wisconsin, but says he plans to visit before his decision.

As a junior, Kamara had 42 catches for 820 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense. He also had 40 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Then on special teams, he returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns.

Look for Wisconsin to be a real player in Kamara's recruitment. Talking to him multiple times, he has a legitimate interest in UW because of his relationship with Chris Beatty (a Virginia native who would also be Kamara's position coach).

Nelson Cuts Wisconsin

Offered by Wisconsin tight end coach Jeff Genyk on May 24, Cedar Rapids Xavier defensive end Matt Nelson has already trimmed the Badgers from his scholarship list.

Getting spring offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Stanford, Nebraska, Arkansas, Florida State, Iowa and Iowa State, Nelson said he is down to Iowa, Notre Dame and Stanford.

"They just fit my criteria the most; the coaches, the academics and being able to play," Nelson said. "Those are the aspects I look for in a college."

After interviewing him with the Wisconsin offer, Nelson admitted the Badgers had a lot of work to do to catch up to his other favorites.

In-State Updates

- Wisconsin commit in Hartland Arrowhead offensive guard George Panos told me that he is still hearing from North Carolina State, Florida State and Arkansas. When Badger Nation recruiting analyst asked Panos how far each school's pitch is to give them a look, he responded: "They are not getting far."

- Somerset tight end Gaelin Elmore is the last member of the Super Six to be un-committed. The rest are committed to Wisconsin and Elmore had the Badgers as his leaders.

Things have changed after his visit to Iowa State and now he has the Cyclones as his current leader. This race is far from over in my opinion, as Elmore's opinion seems to change after every recruiting visit.

Fitzpatrick's Stock Rising

St. Peter's Prep (NJ) 2015 defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick put on a strong performance at Penn State's Advanced Skill Camp, earning himself a scholarship offer.

Fitzpatrick, who was offered by Wisconsin last month, said he has camps planned at Alabama and South Carolina, and visits to Clemson, Ohio State and Michigan. Of that list, only the Buckeyes and Gamecocks have joined Penn State on the offer sheet.

New UW Offers

Derby (KS) tight end DeAndre Goolsby

Lake Wales (FL.) tight end Davi'on Riley

Extra Points: Likely one of the next quarterbacks to be offered by Wisconsin, Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro quarterback Luke Rubenzer earned an invite to the Elite 11 quarterback competition in Oregon … Tinley Park (IL) Andrew High running back Jarvion Franklin, who ran a 4.57 on his second attempt at the Illinois Satellite Camp on Sunday said he's been receiving interest from Wisconsin.


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