BadgerNation looks at the recruits still reportedly on Wisconsin's radar with signing day approaching

Check out how the Wisconsin recruits and commits are trending leading up to National Signing Day.

Following recruiting is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride, especially in January. For experts, handicapping recruitments is a pretty dubious endeavor. Recruiting is incredibly volatile, obviously, since it’s based on the whims of teenagers that have an enormous amount of pressure on them from many different adults.

Predicting where a recruit is going to go is far too unpredictable. Fans, though, always want to know the latest buzz on each recruit so we thought the best thing to do is put together essentially a latest trend meter, kind of a stock report on whether Wisconsin's chances with the recruit are going up, down or sideways. We’ve talked to various Scout experts around the country and this is the latest trend for each realistic prospect still remaining on Wisconsin’s 2016 board. The beauty of this is that as the trend changes we can change that little arrow as we approach National Signing Day February 3rd. Keep checking back here as we’ll constantly be updating the trend meter.

Sam Brodner is a former Vanderbilt running back commit that is considering Illinois, Iowa, Syracuse and Wisconsin, although it is believed it’s a two team race between the Hawkeyes and Badgers. Currently in Madison for his official visit, Brodner plans to use next weekend for an official visit as well, to either Illinois or Iowa. UW would love to end his recruitment this weekend but it appears unlikely, unless he’s absolutely blown away by the visit. Sources close to the situation believe the Hawkeyes will win out for the opportunity to host him the weekend of January 29. However, it is not known how much space will be available in the class for Brodner with Iowa zeroing in on offensive tackle targets. The running back from Illinois could just be a contingency plan for Iowa but is plan A for Wisconsin.

Announcement Date: Before National Signing Day

Wisconsin loves Deron Harrell’s character and athletic ability, as the staff feels they found a real sleeper out of Denver. Harrell took an official visit to Madison last weekend and was offered a grayshirt opportunity by the staff, his first scholarship offer of any kind. UW would have offered more, but they are short on numbers and feel Harrell would benefit from an extensive semester building weight and saving a year of eligibility. Harrell loves UW, too, and has no problem waiting to enroll until January 2017. This should be wrapped up soon.

Announcement Date: Soon

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh emulated his brother-in-law, Indiana coach Tom Crean, by yanking Erik Swenson’s scholarship without notice, disregarding the fact that the offensive line prospect had been committed for almost two years. As mentioned UW is short on scholarships but the Badgers put their best foot forward by bringing him on campus Friday and offering him a grayshirt. At least a dozen power five conference schools have reached out to Swenson, but the Badgers’ offensive line tradition, the game atmosphere (he’s taken an unofficial previously) and family in the state all could sway him. Would he really take a grayshirt though? That’s the question right now but the intrigue is there.

Announcement Date: Unknown

It appears like a two team race of Kansas State and Wisconsin for Caesar Williams, as the cornerback hosted both coaching staffs on in-home visits this week and is headed to Manhattan a week after visiting Madison. Academics seemed like a hurdle early on between Wisconsin and Williams, but those appear to have been cleared. The ability to have early playing time next season in the Big Ten is something that is very appealing to Williams, who felt very comfortable on UW’s campus.

Announcement Date: Before National Signing Day

Garrett Rand committed to Wisconsin October 1 over a multitude of power schools, but with Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda moving on to LSU, Rand has taken a wait-and-see approach with the Badgers. It remains to be seen who Wisconsin will hire as the DC, with USC Justin Wilcox’s name being bandied about as an option. Even so, Rand is taking an official visit to UCLA this weekend, as the Bruins have aggressively recruited him for months. It’s believed he’s taking this visit as an insurance policy in case something crazy would happen with UW’s hire. After all, Rand is close with commits Kare Lyles, Kayden Lyles and Dallas Jeanty, and his parents want him to go to UW. However, an official visit less than two weeks before national signing day makes people nervous.

Announcement Date: Unknown

Although originally not naming Wisconsin in his top two, Lil'Jordan Humphrey had a change of heart and decided to take another visit to Wisconsin this weekend. He spoke highly about the Badgers after his unofficial visit over the summer, and it’ll be interesting to see how he reacts to the snow-covered campus in late January. Humphrey is a talented athlete who can help the Badgers in a majority of ways, and since he’s announcing January 30, UW will be his last visit. He’s also considering Texas Tech, but it appears Texas is the school that’s firmly in the driver’s seat.

Announcement Date: January 30

Malik Harrison had official visits scheduled for Michigan State and Syracuse but canceled those trips, leading many to believe he’ll decide between the three schools he’s taken officials to – Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Badgers are hopeful, but Ohio State has long been the dream offer for the Columbus-area prospect. UW likes him at tight end, Ohio State said he’ll get a shot at receiver and Indiana will likely offer him anything he wants. It still

Announcement Date: Signing Day, 5 p.m. CT

No question that former Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen dropped the ball on Nate Stanley, as the lack of interest from the Badgers allowed Iowa to come in and snatch out the four-star prospect. No disrespect to Kare Lyles but not recruiting a four-star prospect in your own state is simply silly. Paul Chryst is trying to rectify that and has aggressively tried to flip Stanley for ages. Unfortunately for UW, Iowa has gone to great lengths to solidify where they stand with Stanley and are very optimistic that they will have him as the future QB in Iowa City.

Announcement Date: Unknown

Brandon Stephens was one of the first tailbacks Wisconsin targeted following the de-commitment of Antonio Williams, but Stephens said he was sticking with Stanford. That changed earlier this week when Stephens didn’t pass admissions. UW benefited from this last year with four-star Arrington Farrar and have stayed on Stephens for weeks. However, Stephens has received calls from Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, USC and plenty more and only has one weekend to sort out an official visit. This appears very unlikely.

Announcement Date: Unknown

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