State of Recruiting: Virginia

Refusing to give up in the state, Wisconsin continues to recruit the state of Virginia hard, determined to make an impact in the East Coast’s best prep football state. BadgerNation.com breaks down the latest in Virginia in our "State of Recruiting" series.

Chris Beatty was made to recruit the state of Virginia.

Born in the state, Beatty was a championship high school in the state who went 40-2 from 2003-05 and was the head coach at FCS Hampton for one season. It’s one of the reasons why head coach Gary Andersen have allowed Beatty to aggressively recruit the state in hopes Wisconsin can tap into some of Virginia’s talented high schools.

While Beatty has yet to land anyone from the state, the Badgers were close on a number of talented prospects in the Class of 2014 and Beatty felt confident that the relationship he built with Class of 2015 prospects last year was going to yield some dividends.

Commits

None currently

Top Prospect

A.J. Alexander

A.J. Alexander: Alexander said Wisconsin, Boston College, Ohio State, Wake Forest and Rutgers were the five schools pursuing him the hardest and says each of those schools are in good shape to make his top five at the end of the month. Alexander is visiting Ohio State in Friday and will be in Madison on Saturday.

The Next Big Thing

Jahvoni Simmons

Jahvoni Simmons: Rated the fourth-best middle linebacker in the country, Simmons included Wisconsin on his top ten list last month despite not visiting Madison. That was great news for the Badgers, who were hoping to get him on campus to show him the program. If that does happen, it will likely be with Simmons being a committed prospect, as he moved up his decision date to August 5.

Badgers Miss Out

Matthew Burrell: Wisconsin had Burrell interested when they first offered, getting some excited that UW’s first Virginia commit could be a standout offensive lineman. Those feelings didn’t last long when Burrell came out with a top list that included a lot of college football’s recent powerhouse programs, but did not include Wisconsin.

The following players with offers are committed elsewhere without Wisconsin being overly involved: Jamez Brickhouse, Felton Davis, Clelin Ferrell, Trevon Hill, Brandon Polk, Garrett Taylor, Chad Smith, A.J. Turner.

The following players with offers are not considering Wisconsin: Ricky DeBerry, Jaason Lewis and Josh Sweat.

The Rest of the Offerees

Chuck Davis: Holding double-digit scholarship offers, Davis (pictured above) said his top two schools are Indiana and Wisconsin and that his relationship with wide receivers coach Chris Beatty is very strong. Davis wants to visit Madison before deciding in August.

T.J. Griffin: Griffin is a lockdown corner who also plays the run extremely well. He’s started visiting schools but hasn’t stopped in Madison yet. He plans to make his decision in the fall before his team’s playoffs start.

Gary Jennings

Gary Jennings: Vanderbilt, Virginia West Virginia and Wisconsin are recruiting Jennings the hardest. Jennings is a big Russell Wilson fan and feels that he could fit in with the type of offense the Badgers like to run. Wisconsin is the only school that has offered Jennings in which he hasn’t visited.

Nhyre Quinerly: Quinerly said he’s done to three schools – East Carolina, N.C. State and Wisconsin – and that he wants to commit in September. Wisconsin sees Quinerly as a versatile player who could play a number of positions. He plans to visit Madison in September.


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