2015 Focus: Defensive Ends

BadgerNation breaks down which defensive ends Wisconsin is looking at in the 2015 class, and where the Badgers stand with them.

With a lot of Wisconsin offers out for the 2015 class, we examine which positions the Badgers need to concentrate on in the next recruiting cycle.

We focus next on the defensive ends. Barring attrition and transfers in the next year this is what the class would look like when the 2015 class would come in.

Seniors: James Adeyanju, Jesse Hayes and Jake Keefer

Juniors: None

Sophomores: Billy Hirschfeld, Alec James, Chikwe Obasih and Conor Sheehy

Freshman: Unknown

Wisconsin already grabbed in-state talent David Pfaff from Mequon Homestead a couple weeks ago, and the three-star defensive end looks to be a perfect fit for UW's 3-4 defense. Losing four defensive ends the next two seasons and needing to rebuild with the 3-4 scheme in mind, UW would ideally like to add a couple more ends. So who is still out there for the Badgers in 2015?


Top Targets

Offers: Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, NC State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, among others.

UW's Chances: Once a two team race between Tennessee and Michigan State, Wisconsin made a positive impression on Alabi on a late March campus visit. He tweeted recently he'll be back in Madison on June 15. In addition to UW, Alabi has seen or plans to get out to other schools like Miami, Penn State, USC, UCLA, and Louisville.

Offers: Connecticut, Indiana, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Syracuse, among others.

UW's Chances: Wisconsin surprised Dew-Treadway (pictured above) with an offer in April; something he was excited about because they play a hard-nosed style that he relates with. Saying the five schools standing out to him are Indiana, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Syracuse and Purdue, he's planning some visits this month.

Offers: Boston College, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas Tech, among others.

UW's Chances: Odeyingbo said he doesn't have any clear favorites or a decision timeline, but mentioned that Missouri, Wisconsin and Iowa are his tentative top three.

  • Three-Star Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's Prep Jordan Fox
Offers: Boston College, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia, among others.

UW's Chances: Planning on visiting Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Miami, as well as camping at Michigan State and Stanford, Fox says he sees good academics and early playing time if he committed to Wisconsin.

  • Three-Star Santa Margarita (CA) Catholic Rick Wade
Offers: Boston College, California, Fresno State, Idaho State, Washington, Washington State and Wisconsin, among others.

UW's Chances: Although he says he has a lot of interest in Wisconsin right now, Wade is keeping all his options open and hasn't begun the process of narrowing down his list.

Offers: Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and UCF, among others.

UW's Chances: Getting offered out of the blue by Wisconsin, Wilson was excited about adding the Badgers offer. He plans to announce his decision on July 4.


Long Shots

Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington amongst others.

UW's Chances: His older brother played for Washington for a coaching staff that is now down at USC. Potoae said the coaching changes haven't affected him but he didn't mention Wisconsin in the schools he was interested in as of early May.

Offers: Boston College, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, amongst others.

UW's Chances: Said initially he'd be interested in learning more about Wisconsin, UW assistant Thomas Brown apparently hasn't followed up very much with Ude, who said Miami is recruiting him the hardest. Boston College, NC State and UCLA are also heavily involved.


Other Offers

Five-star Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith Josh Sweat - Sweat will have a busy summer, as he will visit Tennessee on June 19, Georgia on June 20 and Florida State on July 18. He also could stop at Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State this month. He said Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State, Clemson and Ohio State are some of the schools that have been recruiting him the hardest.

Five-star Seffner (FL) Armwood Byron Cowart – Florida and USC seem to be ahead of the pack heading into the summer.

Four-star St. Paul (MN) Cretin Derham Jashon Cornell – Over the weekend, Cornell said Michigan State, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and UCLA are the schools in the mix.

Four-star Buffalo (NY) Canisius Tyrone Wheatley – His dad went to Michigan and he grew up in California, meaning the Wolverines, UCLA and USC are in a good spot currently.

Three-star St. Catharines (ON) Prep Academy Neville Gallimore - Between now and over the course, he'll be visiting Maryland, Eastern Michigan, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Ohio State. Notre Dame and Oklahoma are also in the mix, but no mention of Wisconsin.

Three-star Fort Valley (GA) Peach County Marquies Price – Said about 10 days ago that Duke is his leader, and Auburn and USF are his other top two schools.

Extra Points: Sebring (FL) High Luke Ancrum says the Badgers are one of his favorites … League City (TX) Cedar Falls Rahn Bailey, Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove Gus Cumberland and Savannah (GA) Calvary Baptist Tyrone Riley have also been offered by Wisconsin … Waukesha (WI) West Marcus Kelly might be a dark horse to get a UW offer.


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