Commitment Impact - Jake Hescock

Wanting to add one solid, versatile tight end to the Class of 2016, Wisconsin believes it found that player in Salisbury (CT) High senior Jake Hescock. What is the three-star player bringing to the Badgers? BadgerNation examines the commitment impact.

Committed Over: Salisbury (CT) High tight end Jake Hescock committed to Wisconsin over his other favorite Wake Forest. He also had offers from Connecticut, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh and Temple.

Rated: Hescock is currently a three-star prospect and rated the No.2 tight end in Connecticut, No.8 in the East and No.44 in the county by Scout.com.

On Film: There is so much to like about Hescock, who fits the mold of a rugged, big physical tight end. First of all, he knows how to run routes. He gets off the line of scrimmage well, knows where to find holes in a zone and once he gets there, he turns quickly, locates the ball and gets his arms away from his body and uses his hands to make the catch.

When it comes to route running, the biggest area for improvement is acceleration when he has to get out of breaks. He will need to increase his speed if he is to become a down-the-field threat in the passing game. As a blocker, Hescock uses his size well and has a nice base. He is wide and stays balanced, has a good initial punch and stays on the block. His lateral movement is a positive as well.

Versatility is a key in recruiting and Hescock has it. He is heading to Wisconsin as a tight end, but do not rule out a move to offensive tackle if he adds a bunch of weight. – National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn

Recruiting Impact: Wisconsin’s offense has always been predicated on recruiting solid versatile tight ends to help ignite the passing and running game. After taking two recruits in the Class of 2015, Hescock was told he would be the only tight end in the 2016 class, a nice selling point to him. Even so, there’s still a small chance UW takes one more tight end based on numbers.

Heading into 2016, UW will have eight tight ends (four on scholarship) on its roster but one of those players is the often injured T.J. Watt. Watt has been plagued with leg injuries throughout the last two years and could be one more injury away from contemplating his future. That’s one of the reasons UW could continue to pursue Southington (CT) High tight end Jay Rose, who has been keeping in contact with tight end coach Mickey Turner and was working on setting up a visit before Hescock’s commitment. We’ll see if that still happens.

Wisconsin has made the top list for Philadelphia Imhotep Institute four-star tight end Naseir Upshur but that’s considered a long shot.

Quotable: “The most impressive for me was the strength and conditioning coach (Ross Kolodziej). He seemed to know what he was talking about. It got me really excited to get down there and start working with him … I still have a slender frame that could use a little work. I know he’ll definitely make me perform to the best of my abilities.” – Hescock.

Final Thought: Hescock might never become an Owen Daniels or a Lance Kendricks but certainly has the makings to be a Sam Arneson-type player for the Badgers. His 6-7 frame immediately stands out along with his versatility considering he plays on both sides of the ball for his high school. He’ll need to add at least 20-30 pounds of strength, mass and muscle to work his way into the rotation, which is one of the main reasons why he committed to Wisconsin because of that program. He has the ability to be a stout run blocker and red-zone threat early on in his career for the Badgers and see his role slowly expand as he develops and gets further along in the program. Hescock fits the mold of what head coach Paul Chryst is looking for out of his tight ends, which is why fans should like this pickup.


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