MADISON - Gary Andersen’s resignation from the University of Wisconsin didn’t cause a single recruit to de-commit in the ensuing five weeks. On the day wide receiver coach Chris Beatty took another job, the ripple effects have already started.
Wisconsin’s massive coaching shakeup finally cost the Badgers a verbal commitment, as Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes cornerback T.J. Griffin confirmed to BadgerNation.com that he has de-committed from the Badgers’ 2015 recruiting class.
Like Simmons, Griffin was recruited by Beatty, a Virginia native who was officially hired Wednesday to coach the Cavaliers running backs.
Not only did the Badgers not lose any prospects since Andersen resigned Dec.10, Wisconsin actually added pieces to its 2015 recruiting class, securing verbal commitments from Dallas South Oak Cliff running back Jordan Stevenson and Malvern (PA) Prep quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Hornibrook has already enrolled for spring semester
The loss of Beatty also will likely cost the Badgers a chance to get a verbal commitment from Stafford (VA) Colonial Forge wide receiver Gary Jennings, who also was recruited by Beatty.
“With Coach Anderson leaving earlier and Coach Beatty leaving right now I don't know how much contact I would have with Wisconsin,” stated Jennings. “I would consider it (Wisconsin), but I would have to take into account that they are new to me.”
Beatty also had a hand in recruiting Miami Gulliver Prep linebacker Dominic Sheppard, Fort Lauderdale wide receiver Andrew James and Seffner linebacker Jordan Griffin out of Florida, as well as Brandyn Lee out of West Hills, California. Lee and James have maintained their commitment, but Jordan Griffin and Sheppard have both been open about taking other visits. At least for Sheppard, that might now include Virginia, as he told Scout.com he would visit Charlottesville “maybe soon.”
Wisconsin's 2015 recruiting class sits at 25 and ranks No. 22 in the Scout.com recruiting rankings and third in the Big Ten.