Committed Over: Port Washington (WI) High offensive tackle Tyler Beach committed to Wisconsin over offers power five offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Syracuse and Vanderbilt. He had seven other D-1 offers.
Rated: Beach is rated a three-star prospect and the No.1 offensive tackle in Wisconsin, No.14 in the Midwest and No.68 in the country by Scout.com.
On Film: Beach is a great get for several reasons. First, he’s an in-state kid, but so far in this class he’s the in-state kid Wisconsin had to fight the hardest for. Notre Dame and Michigan had really made impressions on him, plus Northwestern and Michigan State visits were coming up still, so he had a lot of options.
Second, he’s a kid with a lot of upside. He has a big frame, he’s light on his feet for a kid that big and I thought he had a good showing at the U.S. Army Combine. He can still fill out a little bit and get stronger, and we’d like to see him more against top competition since the Army Combine did not provide a ton of reps, but I think he’s a kid who can move up the rankings during the summer if we see him at camps or during his senior season. – National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu
Recruiting Impact: There’s no denying the success Wisconsin has had in the 2017 recruiting cycle. In a year with few scholarships, the Badgers have eight commits, five of the top six ranked players in state (landing all five they offered) and their top four offensive line targets by the first week of April. That’s incredible.
Wisconsin likely won’t take another offensive line prospect in this class, choosing to focus its attention on other positions. The Badgers will likely look to take another defensive lineman, 1-2 linebackers, 2-3 defensive backs, at least one more receiver and possibly a tailback. With currently 16 available scholarships (unofficially), the Badgers are off to a great start with a top-20 recruiting class and rebuilding the depth on the line that will pay dividends over the next several years.
Quotable: “Thursday was an amazing visit, and I just felt at home. You get that feeling as a recruit. It’s hard to explain. You just feel like you’re supposed to be there.” - Beach
Final Thought: Before coming on his unofficial visit Thursday, Beach was leaning toward Notre Dame, a school that made a strong impact with him during his unofficial visit to South Bend in mid-March. When he ventured back up to Madison, as he said above, everything just clicked. The coaching staff with personable, the academics fit what he was looking for and a conversation with athletic director Barry Alvarez telling him about the school’s rich tradition – primarily on the offensive line – was a huge selling point. When UW really wants a kid, Paul Chryst and the Badgers turn on the full-court press. In the last two recruiting cycles, the results indicate that Wisconsin’s coaching staff can do a tremendous job on the recruiting trail.