Commitment Analysis: Jake Ferguson

Scout takes a look at the newest Wisconsin commit Jake Ferguson, a tight end from Madison Memorial.

 - The grandson of Barry Alvarez
 - Wisconsin's sixth 2016 commitment, fourth from in-state
 - Offers from Iowa, Nebraska, NIU
 - All-Conference as a linebacker and wide receiver as a junior

Physical Traits: Tall kid. On the thinner side right now. Good athlete. Has good body control, natural hand eye coordination and ball skills. Good leaping ability. Must get bigger and stronger.

Technique: Has lined up all over the field. Can play out wide, has been in the backfield, but will likely grow into an in-line tight end. Solid route runner. Willing blocker, but can improve technically there. 

Intangibles: Shows a lot of versatility and football savvy. Not only plays all over the field on offense, but is also a good defensive player. Tough, does a lot of little things like block for the good of the team.

Stands Out: Height, ball skills, toughness, football savvy

To Improve: Strength, bulk

It appears as though he will be an offensive player and Wisconsin has used bigger bodied players as flex tight ends or almost like hybrid receives before and Jake can be that. He will get a lot bigger and stronger over the next few years. I could see him following a similar career path to Jacob Pedersen. Defense wouldn't be out of the question either as an outside guy in the Badgers' 3-4.

Not necessarily a surprise given his proximity and family ties, but Ferguson gives the Badgers another in-state commitment as Paul Chryst and his staff are fencing off schools who are coming into Wisconsin to recruit more frequently. Given his background and what he's accomplished so far in his high school career, it would be surprising if Ferguson did not have a productive, successful college career.

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