Commitment Impact: Gaglianone and Jamerson

With a need to bolster the kicking game and add playmakers on the field at wide receiver, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen and his staff have picked up verbal commitments from Chattanooga (TN) Baylor kicker Rafael Gaglianone and Ocala (FL) Vanguard receiver Natrell Jamerson. BadgerNation breaks down those commitments.

Committed Over: Rafael Gaglianone picked Wisconsin over an offer from North Carolina State. He also was claimed interest from Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, among others.


Rated: Gaglianone is currently ranked a three-star prospect by Fox Sports Next.

On Film: Rafael is a very talented kicker. He has a big leg and kicks with excellent consistency. One of the purest field goal kickers off the ground. Kickoffs are also near the top of his class. A great competitor who kicks well under pressure. (He) has the tools to be one of the best in his class and earn a scholarship. A fine young man with a great attitude and work ethic; (a) Big time prospect.

- Kicking coach Chris Sailer

Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin rarely spends a scholarship on a kicker (it's only happen twice in the last decade), but with a bigger class than the past two seasons and the inconsistencies at the position, the Badgers needed to make a move. Wisconsin has missed 13 field goals the last two seasons, including five this year, causing special teams coach Jeff Genyk to start looking at prospects. He found Gaglianone, a former soccer style kicker who has transformed his game and still has a power leg.

Quotable: "Since I was born I've been kicking a soccer ball, especially being born and raised in Brazil. Having that background has definitely helped me with my swing, but I had to work a lot on my technique change, which gave me the opportunity to come to Wisconsin." - Gaglianone

Final Thought: Wisconsin fans might not be thrilled with a kicker who has "gag" in his last name, but that's the only thing not to like about the kicker who generates a lot of power and went 10-for-14 his senior year, which includes making some lengthy kicks. With Kyle French not returning next season, Gaglianone will jump right into the competition with Jack Russell (who will be a junior) and Andrew Endicott (who will be a sophomore).

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Committed Over: Natrell Jamerson picked Wisconsin over offers from Florida International, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, UAB and Weber State.


Rated: Jamerson is currently not ranked by Fox Sports Next, but is projected to be a high two-star or low three-star wide receiver.

On Film: Jamerson looks like a nice playmaker on film. He has enough size to play on the outside but could also project to play inside in the slot. He has good speed to get behind the secondary, as he shows just how fast he is to get deep. On some plays he just runs right by guys. Jamerson looks good in the air and high-points the ball well. He's a long strider who's smooth and sudden. At times can be explosive. Jamerson has soft hands and catches the ball cleanly.

- Florida recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg

Recruiting Impact: Arguably the second most position in this recruiting class, besides the offensive line, Wisconsin continues to stockpile wide receivers who bring an element of speed and big play ability to the unit. Following on the heels of Wayne County (GA) Jesup Krenwick Sanders (who had six catches for 279 yards and six touchdowns in a recent playoff game) and Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic Chris Jones, Jamerson is a raw prospect who brings some pop.

The Badgers aren't done recruiting wide receivers. It's widely assumed that Galion (OH) High four-star wide receiver Dareian Watkins will be a part of this recruiting class after de-committing from Northwestern this week. UW also in great standing with four-star Virginia Beach wide receiver Jamil Kamara, who says Wisconsin is his leader and who will decide in early January.

Quotable: "I decided to commit to Wisconsin due to the fact that it's a great school. The coaching staff is awesome and feel I will be a big impact on the team. I look forward to playing under coach Beatty and coach Andersen the most. I just really can't wait to be a Badger playing for Wisconsin." - Jamerson

Final Thought: Jamerson is expected to start at the "Z" receiver in UW's offense, but he can also return kicks or punts, something he does for his school and a trait that has allowed him to score multiple touchdowns this season. Wisconsin continues to make strides in Florida (this is the fourth commit from the state in this class, the most since 2010) to add speed to its program, and this staff continues to immediately plug deficiencies in its roster.

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