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.

The needle has been moving in a positive direction since Sunday for the University of Wisconsin.

Not only did the Badgers lock up four-star running back Sam Brodner on Sunday, Wisconsin landed cornerback Caesar Williams and athlete Deron Harrell on Tuesday. With 26 commits, the Badgers currently sit at No.20 in the Recruiting Rankings. Since Scout first starting ranking recruiting classes in 2001, the Badgers best finish with 29th in 2014.

Are the Badgers done? Not necessary, as there are a handful of prospects who could be moving in or out of Wisconsin’s recruiting class. 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.

Schools like Illinois, Miami, Missouri, Northwestern, North Carolina, Rutgers, Texas Tech, Virgina and Wisconsin, are just some of the schools Erik Swenson says has shown interest since he de-committed from Michigan last week. The Badgers remain heavily involved but are already over on scholarships, forcing them to offer a grayshirt at best. He visited Wisconsin last week and had an in-home visit with the Virginia coaching staff. Swenson plans to come out with a top five at any moment. Don’t be surprised if the Badgers are on it.

Announcement Date: Unknown

Garrett Rand committed to Wisconsin October 1 over a multitude of power schools, but he has taken a wait-and-see approach after defensive coordinator Dave Aranda left for LSU. With the search going on longer than many expected, Rand took an official visit to UCLA last weekend, as the Bruins coaching staff has aggressively recruited him from the beginning. Now that the Badgers have reportedly hired Justin Wilcox, who has history running the 3-4 scheme, one of the first things he’s going to do is head to Chandler, Ariz., and meet with Rand and his family, something that will likely happen before the weekend. We believe that will be enough to solidify Rand and make him a part of this recruiting class.

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 Madison last weekend. Humphrey said he had a great time at Wisconsin with his mom, who accompanied him on the trip, so much so that the Badgers are considered real threats to Texas. Humphrey has reportedly eliminated Texas Tech from the running and will announce Saturday between the Badgers and the Longhorns. Texas head coach Charlie Strong is expected to have an in-home visit with him Friday. Make no mistake, Humphrey picking Wisconsin would be an upset, but it appears the Badgers have a much better shot than they did a week ago.

Announcement Date: January 30

Rand isn’t the only Wisconsin commit on the fence with signing day fast approaching. Callahan (FL) West Nassau cornerback Ke'Shan Pennamon is heading to Rutgers this weekend on an official visit, according to our Rutgers site. The Scarlet Knights and new head coach Chris Ash offered the three-star cornerback in the beginning of January and have been in pursuit ever since. Pennamon committed to UW following an official visit in September over finalists Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech. The visit is a little strange since he’s been active on Twitter retweeting fellow commits’ in-home visits and following new UW commits on Twitter, but Pennamon was very close with the departed Aranda.

Announcement Date: Unknown

Malik Harrison is likely to 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

Paul Chryst has been trying to aggressively flip Nate Stanley for ages, even going so far as to have an in-home visit with him and his family. 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

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