The Morning Buzz

Badger Nation looks at the news and notes involving Wisconsin recruits, including updates on Allen Artis, Joe Mixon, Stanton Truitt and others.

Artis Wide Open

It does not matter where the school is located when talking Allen Artis. He is looking for the blend of academics and football and he will go where he feels fits him best. He could commit as soon as this summer.

"I am still taking visits, trying to figure things, and just going through the process right now," Artis said.

Clemson, Stanford, and Vanderbilt are schools Artis would like to visit this summer and a few others could get him on campus as well. He has around 20 scholarship offers right now and Artis is not waiting around for any certain school to pull the trigger. He has all he needs and he now just wants to find the right school.

No leader yet, not even a top list of schools, but that could come down the road.

"I will probably make a couple of cuts at some time, but I do not know when yet," he said. "I have to take a few more visits, talk things over with my dad, and then I will figure that out."

Even though Artis hasn't begin to trim his list down publicly yet does not mean he couldn't commit before the beginning of his senior season.

"I could commit this summer, but I could commit at any time really. I just have to find the school I feel most comfortable at. I am looking for a good education, a chance to play early, and a chance to win."

Artis is currently the No. 38 safety in the country at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds.

New Five-Star Out West

He's been the top-ranked running back in the region since the first full release in March.

And after a terrific spring, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon cemented himself among the nation's best, becoming the fifth five-star from the region in the 2014 class.

With over 50 offers from all over the country, Mixon is the premier back in the region and one of the elite playmakers in a class heavy at the top with them.

He joins Adoree Jackson, Juju Smith, Michiah Quick and Casey Tucker as five-stars from the West. Wisconsin has offered Mixon and Smith.

Truitt Favoring Tennessee

Three-star prospect and Monroe (GA) High cornerback Stanton Truitt has 4.39 40-yard-dash speed and says his relationship with the Volunteers have grown from day one and only continue to get stronger, especially since he has visited Knoxville three times.

Truitt, who finished his junior season with 2,458 total yards and 19 touchdowns at quarterback, says a certain level of comfort will be the deciding factor as to who gains his services after his senior year. "I just want to visit every school and see what they have to offer," he said. "I want to see the opportunities that each school has to offer, not just in football, but also in academics. I just want to get a good feel for each school. I just want to feel comfortable."

Truitt added that he will likely visit Kentucky and West Virginia before making his commitment sometime before the beginning of his senior season.

Madden Liking Rutgers

Barnegat (N.J.) 2015 lineman Sam Madden is up to nine verbal offers, including Wisconsin, South Carolina, Miami and Iowa, but said the Scarlet Knights stand out in an early top five schools.

"As far as all the schools, I really like [Rutgers] a lot," Madden said. "I really like Rutgers. They're in my top five, definitely."

Madden's next stop will be a camp at Alabama.

Christian Getting More and More Interest

Damascus (Md.) High athlete Jalen Christian holds double digit offers, including Wisconsin, and schools like Notre Dame and others could be close to extending more offers.

As a sophomore, Christian had six touchdowns as a receiver and added 20 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown. And at this point, schools aren't looking for a particular position for Christian to play in college.

"A lot of schools look at me as an athlete," Christian said. "They say they either want me to play offense or defense, but usually they come and ask me what I prefer to play. I tell them whatever position gets me on the field faster."

Christian began playing receiver in grammar school, and only recently added cornerback to his duties.

"I feel like I'm pretty good at both positions," he said. "I've been working on corner a lot and I'm feeling a lot more comfortable in it. On receiver, I just like the ball in my hands. I think I'm pretty good at both."

Christian is also looking for a blend of strong academics and football.

"I want to go to a university where the academics are very good," he said. "I want a school that can push me to reach my full potential. I want a football team that is a family, and a university that makes me feel at home."


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