The Morning Buzz

Badger Nation looks at the news and notes involving Wisconsin recruits, including updates on D.J. Gillins, Chris James and other targets.

UW in Gillins' Top Three

Jacksonville (FL) Ribault quarterback D.J. Gillins made the most of the May spring practice period and now holds offers from Arizona, Florida International, Georgia Tech, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Troy, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. However it's his last two offers from Boston College and Wisconsin have captured the intrigue of the quarterback who now has an early top three and two wildcards.

The early leaders in the pursuit of the quarterback are Boston College, Arizona and Wisconsin according to Gillins. Those three schools could be reshuffled if Duke or Louisville enters the equation.

"I'm excited it's the Big Ten," Gillins said of Wisconsin."They are a big time school. I like the facilities and their tradition and they have a great fan's, their fan base is huge."

Gillins is going to camp at Louisville next week and Vanderbilt after that.

Monday Visitor

Adding an offer from Michigan State at the end of May, Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson Athlete Matt Morrissey has the opportunity to continue a family lineage, as his father Jim Morrissey was a stand out for the Spartans and his sister is currently a student-athlete there now.

"Our house has been a Spartan house," he told our Allen Trieu. "It's fun, I've been there before and I'm very familiar with the school. My sister is there now playing basketball, so I've visited before, I know it well and they have an awesome campus."

At 6'3, 185-pounds, Morrissey was an All-State selection a year ago, excelling at wide receiver and safety. He currently has a top three of Michigan State, Boston College (where his brother played) and Illinois (his first BCS offer).

Wisconsin entered the picture last month and has been talking to him quite a bit the last several days. Morrissey will visit the campus on Monday to get an idea of where he fits into the Wisconsin recruiting puzzle, as he has yet to get a scholarship offer.

James Hoping to Visit

Previously naming a top three of Pittsburgh, Iowa and Michigan State, Niles (IL) Notre Dame College Prep running back Chris James had to slow down his recruiting when Wisconsin offered in May 20. Over the past several weeks, the UW offer hasn't lost its luster.

"Wisconsin and Michigan State are schools that I really like, but I'm still open. As of now, I'm still open to all schools and really just enjoying the process.

"I do plan on visiting Wisconsin soon. I love their campus and running back tradition at Wisconsin. They are up there on my list, but that can change at any time. I look forward to this visit and will go from there."

Clark a Pipedream

Wisconsin's old coaching staff offered five-star defensive tackle Khairi Clark a long time ago, but don't expect UW's new staff to have a snowball's chance in Haiti of landing him.

"My top schools consist of Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, and Nebraska," he said. "I'm still open. I'm visiting Georgia and Clemson this summer. The recruiting process is crazy."

Same with Mouhon

While he might not be as big of reach as Clark, Norcross (GA) High linebacker Kevin Mouhon was offered by Wisconsin in May, but the three-star linebacker has already named Tennessee his leader.

"Tennessee is my leader, but I don't really have an order after that," Mouhon said. "I plan on having a top five after this summer and knowing where I want to take my official visits, but I won't commit until signing day."

Mouhon also plans to visit Georgia Tech, Florida and Florida State this summer.

Same with Yeargin

Fort Lauderdale (FL) University School linebacker Richard Yeargin III decided to come out with a list of 12 on Wednesday afternoon. Schools that made the first cut (alphabetically) - Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, and West Virginia.

Yeargin was offered by the old Wisconsin staff and the new staff made sure Yeargin knew he had an offer. In the end, it didn't matter, as Yeargin felt a decent connection with the UW coaches now in Arkansas, which was why the Razorbacks likely made the list.

In-State Update

Iowa State picked up its fifth commitment for the 2014 class when West De Pere offensive lineman Kory Kodanko made his pledge Wednesday. Head coach Paul Rhoads and his staff got a commitment from 6-6, 315-pound tackle, who had been recruited by schools out of the Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, Ivy League and MAC.

Kodanko, whose older brother, Riki, is a walk-on offensive lineman at Wisconsin, had been lightly recruited by the Badgers.


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