Commitment Impact - Jake Cesear

It's rare for Wisconsin football to use a scholarship on a high school long snapper. It's also rare to be the kind of athlete Encinitas (CA) La Costa Canyon senior Jake Cesear is. What are the Badgers getting in this surprise commitment? BadgerNation examines the impact.

Committed Over: Encinitas (CA) La Costa Canyon senior Jake Cesear committed to Wisconsin over other interest from Houston, Penn State, Texas and others. He had no other scholarships.

Rated: Cesear is not currently ranked by Scout.com.

On Film: Incredible athlete that is a major factor in punt coverage. Watching him move is flat out tremendous since he is so graceful and fluid. Love to see him get his lower half fully involved to get more speed on the ball. Also, driving his elbows and adjusting his release point will help a ton. The potential on this kid is off the charts. If he works hard and smart, he should be a five-star Rubio Long Snapper after the top 12 camp.

Reminds me a lot of Rubio Long Snappers Aaron Brewer (Denver Broncos) and Chase Dominguez (Utah) … Built extremely long and is, easily, one of the top athletes in his class. Has a frame that will be able to put on another 40 pounds in the next couple of years. Definitely a difference maker on punt coverage. Starting form is very good and he is using his whole body really well. Needs to make sure he is keeping his weight back so he doesn't fall forward and is able to block more efficiently. Tons of upside on this kid. – Chrissailerkicker.com

Recruiting Impact: I can’t remember the last time Wisconsin took a scholarship long snapper, a position UW usually develops in-house before awarding a scholarship later in the walk-ons’ career (case in point, junior long snapper Connor Udelhoven earning a scholarship last fall camp). That didn’t appear to be the case this cycle when Wisconsin offered Chicago Mount Carmel’s Steven Wirtel following a specialist camp this summer. UW was the first offer for Wirtel, who has since picked up offers from Auburn, Georgia, Illinois and Kansas. Doubtful UW takes a second long snapper now.

Quotable: "I don't know when I'm going to settle down. I'm just so happy... (Madison) was awesome. I absolutely loved it. I fell in love with the town as soon as I got there. It's so nice. The facilities are amazing and it's just gorgeous with the dorms being right on the lake. I can't wait." – Cesear.

Final Thought: Fans might have a problem with Wisconsin using a scholarship on a long snapper. In a normal recruiting year I’d agree but not this year. The Badgers have a young team – 46.5 percent of their roster are freshmen – and have a lot of scholarships available to them. Cesear is a multi-tooled player who can also help the Badgers at receiver with his 6-5 frame and reported 4.47 speed. Long snapper might not be the most important position but it’s a necessary one, and the Badgers found a nice prospect to handle that position.


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