Badgers Recruiting: Mock Class 1.0

BadgerNation.com provides projections on the final makeup of the Wisconsin football recruiting class of 2015.

Now that Wisconsin has wrapped up its next-to-last football recruiting weekend prior to Signing Day, changes are apparent that have a bearing on our latest mock class.

Who’s in? Who’s out? Here are our latest projections.

2015 MOCK CLASS 1.0

QUARTERBACK

IN: Alex Hornibrook, Austin Kafentzis

OUT: Finished

Two cents: Kafentzis was the first commit in Wisconsin’s 2015 signing class and Hornibrook recently flipped from Pittsburgh. Both quarterbacks are already on campus for spring semester and spring practices, adding more intrigued to the UW quarterback race.

RUNNING BACK

IN: Davon Crookshank, Bradrick Shaw, Jordan Stevenson

OUT: Finished

Two cents: Shaw and Stevenson are tremendous recruiting scores from big-time high school programs in the south. There’s a chance Crookshank isn’t in this class because of non-qualify test scores, but UW won’t take another tailback if that happens.

WIDE RECEIVER

IN: Andrew James

OUT: Gary Jennings

Two cents: UW lost its chance with Jennings when wide receiver coach Chris Beatty wasn’t retained. After taking three receivers last year, only taking one this class is manageable but not ideal.

TIGHT END

IN: David Edwards, Kyle Penniston

OUT: Finished

Two cents: Penniston is already on campus and is considered the more ready-made product. Edwards was his team’s high school quarterback and has a ton of potential.

OFFENSIVE LINE

IN: Jon Dietzen, Kevin Estes, David Moorman

OUT: Finished

Two cents: A good solid group that will continue Wisconsin to rebuild its depth on the offensive line. Dietzen and Moorman are rated four starts and among the highest-ranked players in the class.

DEFENSIVE LINE

IN: Kraig Howe, David Pfaff, Olive Sagapolu

OUT: Elu Aydon, Nate Howard, Jake Pickard

Two cents: The position with many moving parts, Howe committed this weekend on his official visit to give UW a ton of bodies at the position. However, it’s expected that three current commits will flip to other schools this week. Aydon is trending toward Oregon State where former UW head coach Gary Andersen and defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a are, Howard just took an official to Missouri and the Tigers staff feels very confident about their chances and Pickard just visited Michigan, a school that gave him a “dream offer.”

LINEBACKERS

IN: Zack Baun, Alec Ingold, Jordan Griffin, Chris Orr, Dominic Sheppard, Nick Thomas

OUT: Arrington Farrar

Two cents: Quite the haul for the Badgers, who have recently upgraded Baun from a greyshirt to a full offer and flipped to Ingold from Northern Illinois. Sheppard is the one wild card, having visited Illinois this past weekend. He could go either way, but betting odds right not that he sticks with UW.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

IN: X’zavien Ausborne, Titus Booker, Trenard Davis, Takadrae Williams

OUT: Jarius Adams, Rashard Causey

Two cents: This is another tricky category. Ausborne and Williams are teammates of Stevenson and have been extremely excited about playing at Wisconsin, but have been in a holding pattern since secondary coach Bill Busch was not retained. Davis is taking an official to UW this weekend and will likely commit if all goes well. Causey has UW in his top three, but hard to see him picking the Badgers.


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