2015 Focus: Safety

BadgerNation breaks down which safeties 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 safeties. Barring attrition and transfers in the next year this is what the class would look like when the 2015 class would come in.

Seniors: Michael Caputo, A.J. Jordan

Juniors: Vonte Jackson, Nate Hammon, Leo Musso, Serge Trezy

Sophomores: D'Cota Dixon, Austin Hudson, Lubern Figaro

Freshman: None

The Badgers have secured two verbal commitments from defensive backs for 2015, but it's assumed that X'zavien Ausborne and Takadrae Williams will both play cornerback. So who is still out there for the Badgers in 2015?


Top Targets

  • Three-Star Honolulu Kamehameha Secondary Dylan Kane
Offers: Boise State, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State and Wisconsin.

UW's Chances: Adding the three above Pac-12 offers, Kane (pictured) put up good testing numbers in the spring, catching the attention of a lot of schools. Wisconsin likes him at the rover position (safety/outside linebacker) and he says he will "definitely" take an official visit to UW.

Offers: Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Minnesota, NC State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest, among others .

UW's Chances: Crawford says he's open to all the schools on his list and that Louisville, Syracuse, Wisconsin, UCF and Wake Forest are the schools he labels as big offers. He plans to take some officials and commit after the season. However, he has said that he would prefer to stay in-state if one of the big three (Florida, Florida State or Miami) offer.

Offers: BYU, Utah, Washington, Washington State, among others .

UW's Chances: Being a strong member of the LDS faith, Fabrizio was excited to receive an offer from BYU. On the same account, he was excited to personally get offered by UW coach Gary Andersen, who has plenty of ties to the LDS faith. Fabrizio said he plans on visiting Wisconsin sometime this summer.

Offers: Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Rutgers, South Florida, West Virginia, among others .

UW's Chances: Florida State, Louisville and South Florida were the three favorites in January, but that started to change once more schools entered the picture. At the beginning of this month, Louisville was still one of the top schools, but Wisconsin and West Virginia also entered his top three. McGee likes UW because he's good friends with incoming freshman George Rushing and has a good relationship with wide receivers coach Chris Beatty.

Offers: Arkansas, Duke, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse, Wake Forest, West Virginia, among others .

UW's Chances:Into double digits offers, Sotolongo announced this week that he's taking an official visit to Wisconsin for the Maryland game Oct.25.

Offers: Northern Arizona and Wisconsin.

UW's Chances:After teammates Ausborne and Williams committed to Wisconsin, Smith said he planned to commit as well. That announcement has not come yet, suggesting that UW is waiting to see what happens with others ahead of him before accepting his commitment.


Long Shots

Offers: Connecticut, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Purdue, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia, among others.

UW's Chances: Still waiting to trim his double-digit offer list, but Stocker told Scout.com he speaks the most frequently with Maryland, and he is also trying to set up visits to Indiana and Duke. He's also been to Rutgers, Penn State, Syracuse, Connecticut and Maryland for unofficial visits. Planning on making his decision at the end of the season so he can take some of his official visits, Stocker is still considering all options, especially Maryland.

Offers: Baylor, LSU, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.

UW's Chances: He's been recruited by some schools as a quarterback and a defensive back, but Ketchum has been pretty quiet on the recruiting front, as he's been focused more on school and his football abilities than his recruitment.

Offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, among others.

UW's Chances: Williams has been reluctant to name a top list but says he's developed a strong relationship with coaches from Indiana, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State and Ole Miss. He is planning to take his recruitment into the fall, but hasn't mention UW in any recent interviews with Scout.com.


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