The Morning Buzz

Badger Nation looks at the news and notes involving Wisconsin recruits, including updates on Kurt Holuba, Kevon Looney, Joe Mixon, Aeris Williams and many others.

Holuba Stopping Tomorrow

Having been in contact for Wisconsin for multiple weeks, Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic defensive end Kurt Holuba will see exactly where he ranks on the Badgers' recruiting board when he visits Madison on Saturday.

The 6-foot-4, 235 pound defensive end from New Jersey began the week at Florida State and North Carolina, visited Virginia on Wednesday and stop at Vanderbilt and Stanford next week. Although making the rounds, Holuba is no closer in making his top list.

"It is going to be a hard decision no matter where I go. I found that with the more schools I visit how tough this is going to be.

"When I get into the car, I tell my dad this is getting harder and harder. Everyone sounds great…Pretty much all these schools I have seen so far have it, in terms of top notch academics and a great football team that wins."

Holuba is still planning on waiting until after his senior season.

Looney Impresses at NBPA Camp

The top target on Wisconsin basketball's 2014 recruiting board, Milwaukee Hamilton Kevon Looney is playing like a top prospect. The 6-foot-8 power forward out is proving himself as a versatile scorer, as he put up points in transition, off mid-range jumpers and off low post finishes.

According to Fox Sports' Evan Daniels, Looney is also one of the best rebounders in the 2014 class. In his opening game he used his athleticism, length and toughness to reel in rebound after rebound. A couple of them were of the offensive variety and led to points.

His energy also caught our eye. Looney seems to rarely get tired and has one of the best motors in the 2014 class. He's constantly on the move, runs the floor looking to make plays and defends his position well.

Ranked as Fox Sports Next's No. 7 overall recruit, Looney doesn't have a top 10 but says his favorite schools right now are Duke, Florida, Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Stanford, Georgetown, UCLA and Wisconsin. Looney said playing close to home is a part of his decision.

"It's a serious consideration, and Bo Ryan's a great guy, and a great coach," he said. "You are right, they are close to home, they always win, so that is a consideration."

Another Florida Speedster Targeted

Looking for its first commitment in the state of Florida in the 2014 recruiting cycle, Wisconsin recently targeted Longwood Lyman outside linebacker Greg Gooch. In addition to Wisconsin, Gooch claims offers Arizona, Connecticut, Florida A&M, Iowa State, Memphis and Mississippi State, but has plenty of other BCS schools interested.

"Miami is recruiting me and they want me to come to camp later this month," said Gooch. "I just got back from visiting Auburn, Vandy, Kentucky and Louisville. It was a great trip and we took tours of all the schools. They are all on my radar but no one has offered."

Spending the offseason working on his speed and staying physical, Gooch says Alabama is ‘my team' and would likely commit if the Crimson Tide comes through with an offer.

Wisconsin Still in the Mix

Coatesville (Pa.) linebacker Tyler Burke remains focused on Maryland and Rutgers following an unofficial Tuesday visit to the Scarlet Knights, as he seems like a prospect that would like to remain on the East Coast.

Wisconsin remains in the mix for Burke and could be a late June visit but could be too far from home.

"Wisconsin is Wisconsin, I mean they go to the Rose Bowl almost every year," Burke said. "It's just a long drive or an airplane fare. My family might go there to see how everything is, but I'm not sure yet."

Wisconsin and Williams

West Point (MS) Aeris Williams reports offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida State and Wisconsin.

"They (Wisconsin) said they needed a big back like me," said Williams.

He says nobody is standing out to him and is looking for a school with good education and a good relationship with the coaches. He plans to make a decision after his senior season.

Albright Down to Four … sort of

When Wisconsin offered Kennesaw (GA) North Cobb junior Cameron Albright in mid May, the safety said he was interested in the Badgers, but had already had three favorites in North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

Albright now has a top four, but the Badgers still are on the outside looking in. With a top four of Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, North Carolina and Wake Forest, Albright plans to visit three of his top schools over the next three days.

"I am heading to Wake Forest Thursday, North Carolina State on Friday, and then North Carolina on Saturday," he said. "It should be interesting."

Having offered roughly 20 kids in the state of Georgia, Wisconsin looks to be in the best shape with safety Kirk Tucker (Tucker High) and running back Thomas Wilson (Buford High) from the state.

Jones Solid with Ohio State

Cleveland Glenville offensive lineman Marcelys Jones committed to Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on Christmas of 2012, becoming the first commit for the Buckeyes in the 2014 class. Over the last several months, however, there have been rumors of Jones possibly opening up his recruitment and other schools coming into the mix. One of those schools was Wisconsin, who offered him in the spring.

"I know there was a lot of stuff on the internet about me checking out other schools, but if people don't hear it from me it's not true," he emphasized. "The latest rumor was about me and Kentucky, but that's a basketball school to me and that's just not true.

"I'm 100% committed to Ohio State, because Ohio State is my school."

Kentucky Plucks Another

The Wildcats continued its unprecedented run in football recruiting with a huge verbal commitment from Georgia all-purpose back Stanley Williams on Thursday during his unofficial visit to Lexington.

Williams (5-8, 190, 4.4) was previously committed to Georgia. He also holds offers from programs like Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

"I committed now because the atmosphere was crazy," said Williams. "The love that was shown from everyone and the family feeling that me and the family felt led me to commit."

He is currently rated the No. 64 running back in the country by Scout and FOX Sports NEXT.

Williams joins defensive backs Mike Edwards and Darius West, offensive lineman Jarrett LaRubbio, wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass and linebackers Nico Firios and Kobie Walker. The last four players to commit to the Wildcats had Badgers offers.

Extra Point: Oakley (CA) Freedom running back Joe Mixon plans to cut his top 16 down to a top 10 in the next week or so. Wisconsin is in the mix thanks to running back coach Thomas Hammock.

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