NSD: The Final Four

Less than a week away from Wednesday's national signing day, Wisconsin football currently has a top 20 recruiting class, but the class could get a lot better if it lands any of the four highly-rated recruits they are still in the running for. BadgerNation looks at the final four.

MADISON - With a projected top20 class ready to sign, Wisconsin football has a chance to jump up the recruiting rankings over the next week as four players, who all have the Badgers in their final group, are set to officially announce their decisions.

Although players can always pop up at the 11th hour, BadgerNation breaks down the final four major targets Wisconsin is waiting on.

New Smyrna Beach (FL) High safety D'Cota Dixon
Overall Ranking: NR
Position Ranking: 134


Scout.com's Breakdown:

Dixon is one of those players that can help a team in many ways, as he is able to play running back, wide receiver, safety or cornerback. There are many words you could say about him, but the best would have to be playmaker. When he touches the ball either on offense or defense, good things usually happen with his athleticism. Most schools are recruiting him as a safety and instantly you can see why with his hard-hitting ability, which is a huge asset in run support when needed.

He has good size but needs to put on bulk and gain strength. He has good speed but needs to work on getting faster. Dixon has excellent quickness, change of direction and short area bust. He's physical and aggressive. Once he gets in the weight room to add bulk and strength that should really help his game.

The Florida native has had a pretty quiet recruitment and even more quietly impressive offer list with offers from schools like Arkansas, Louisville, Michigan State, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The Badgers have been patient with him and worked very hard to get him on campus. After his official visit to Wisconsin, sources indicated to us that he gave the Badgers his commitment. Dixon has denied those claims, saying he is still undecided and wants to announce on signing day.

Dixon looks to be a lock to Wisconsin and will really help this secondary if he follows through with that decision.

Chances for Wisconsin: High

Plantation (FL) High cornerback Chris Lammons
Overall Ranking: 265
Position Ranking: 31


Scout.com's Breakdown:

What Lammons lacks in height (5-foot-9 and a half), he makes up for with good length (long arms), a strong build and the overall physicality of his game. Lammons made a name for himself in the offseason with strong one-on-one work where his ability to man up and knock receivers off their route was on full display. He has solid speed (4.62 laser), loose hips, and the ball skills that colleges covet. It is his willingness to mix it up at the line of scrimmage that separates him from the pack.

Plantation high school is starting to develop the reputation of "DB high" with Brandon McGee (Miami), Josh Robinson (UCF, NFL), Deven Drane (Cincinnati), and Sojourn Shelton (Wisconsin) all being starting caliber players for their BCS schools. Lammons is next in line and he combines some of the best traits of each of those players. He might be most similar to McGee who was also a high school quarterback that transitioned to cornerback in college (and as a senior in high school). Bottom line, Colonal prospects have produced at the next level and that can't be underestimated.

Scout.com's Florida scouts love his physicality, play-making ability, and athleticism. We also like that prospects from his high school tend to work out and become starting caliber players as well as high school QB's having a higher hit rate (in moves to other positions) than some other spots. He has 'nickel' skills and we can see him starting off in that role and working his way into being a starter on the outside down the road.

This is a signing day battle between South Carolina and Wisconsin. The Badgers feel very good about their chances with Lammons, who officially visited for the Indiana game in November while still committed to Florida. Most, including his coach, think he's learning toward South Carolina, but this is truly a tossup at this point.

Chances for Wisconsin: Good

Tacoma (WA) Fife offensive lineman Kaleb McGary
Overall Ranking: NR
Position Ranking: 27


Scout.com's Breakdown:

At 6-8 and 280 pounds, McGary can dominate all game long with his power. He does a have bit of a nasty streak and loves to make a statement every time he bursts off the ball. There is an old-school style of football he brings when you see him and he loves the game. He can move extremely well for someone that big and even showed this past season that he could play some defense line as well.

The glaring issue to McGary at this stage of his game is how raw his technique is. He pretty much just stands straight up after the snap, but with his tools and passion for the game, that will be adjusted and corrected real quick.

The Badgers really impressed him on his official visit to Madison, opened McGary's eyes to the amount of tradition and success Wisconsin has on the offensive line. Starting to be worn down by the recruiting process, McGary has announced a top three of Wisconsin, Washington State and Washington. McGary has also said told us that Wisconsin is his leader right now, and he's weighing whether he'd be comfortable playing out of state.

Chances for Wisconsin: High

Fort Lauderdale (FL) Cardinal Gibbons wide receiver George Rushing
Overall Ranking: NR
Position Ranking: 177


Scout.com's Breakdown:

A talented, yet under-rated, wide receiver, Rushing can show that he can make the tough catch and break tackles. Like many players from the state, Rushing brings that Florida swagger to his game, meaning he is very confident in his abilities and gives it 110 percent every play. He has reliable hands and runs good routes.

The main knock on Rushing's game probably is that he isn't a blazer and won't torch defenses vertically. He certainly has some speed to him, but doesn't appear at this point to have that extra burst.

A former Louisville commit, Rushing expressed interest in the Badgers before coach Charlie Strong's departure to Texas. UW started really showing interest after Jamil Kamara committed to Virginia. Building a strong relationship with wide receiver coach Chris Beatty, Rushing took an official visit to Madison earlier this month and was blown away.

Having canceled visits, Rushing is announcing his decision February 3. We're told the decision should make Wisconsin fans very excited.

Chances for Wisconsin: High


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