Seeing some big name targets drop off its recruiting board, Wisconsin doesn’t have many realistic targets at the defensive tackle position to rebuild the depth it will lose after the season with the graduation of Bryce Gilbert and Warren Herring. The Badgers coaching staff is working hard to change that and have been in contact with a sleeper prospect in Du Bois (PA) senior defensive tackle Brad Peterson.
“I hear from Wisconsin a lot,” Peterson told BadgerNation. “I talk to Coach Beatty and Coach Ludwig. They tell me my film looks decent, but they are expecting more and that they'll be looking closely at my first few games.”
The under-the-radar 6-4, 275-pound physical defensive tackle only holds one offer from Central Connecticut State, which is his top school, but says Indiana, Penn State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin are his other favorites.
“If Wisconsin offered me, it would mean a lot,” said Peterson. “The academic program is freaking awesome and the staff is awesome. I really like the defensive line coach and football program, and a chance to play for a good Big Ten school would mean a lot.”
“To play with David Pfaff on the same side of ball would be awesome. I would love to be part of it. I'm an animal and I want to be a Badger.”
The interest is coming in for Peterson due to his game and that is definitely something he is still fine tuning and working on to make it even better.
“I'm big and I'm good with hands,” said Peterson. “I need to explode and our team method was to go hands on, but this year we do moves and I react quick. I have long arms and I can stop runs in the middle. I also rep 225 pounds 13 times (on the bench). I am still working on my stance explosion.”