Every team needs a playmaker at receiver, and let’s face it, Wisconsin needs one in this 2017 class. The Badgers have consistently struggled recruiting scholarship receivers, something they hope to have changed with their three prospects in the 2016 class – Quentez Cephus, A.J. Jordan and Kendric Pryor – and accepting an early verbal commit from Austin (TX) Lake Travis receiver Cade Green on Thursday.
But the Badgers are looking to add more talent to rebuild their depth, and Naperville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley receiver Isaiah Robertson is certainly an option. The four-star prospect – ranked No.7 receiver in the Midwest and No.45 at his position by Scout.com – came out with a top six Tuesday of Illinois, Iowa, Notre Dame, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
Here is what Robertson brings to the table.
Robertson runs a 4.6 40 time. While not elite speed, Robertson has shown to be able to blow past opponents. Robertson’s abilities, including his shiftiness, causes matchup problems in his favor.
“I'm not only a wide receiver; I'm anything I need to be,” Robertson said. “I can be a kick returner, running back or wide receiver. I'm whatever I need to be to help my team win.”
The Badgers have started targeting taller receivers to take advantage of one-on-one matchups. Robertson’s 6-3 frame and long, lengthy build is exactly what UW (and a lot of other schools) covet.
“Every time I go up and get that ball I know it's mine,” he said. “It has to be my ball.”
Robertson is more than just a standout receiver, as he can run, catch and defend for a high school team that likes to shift him around all over the field. This past season Robertson had 81 tackles and four interceptions at safety and 50 receptions for 803 yards and nine touchdowns at receiver.
“I'm the Swiss Army knife on my team,” he said.
Ties to Wisconsin
Robertson’s dad played basketball for Wisconsin in 1980s, so Robertson is familiar with the school. Citing the positive direction of the football team, Robertson is anxious to meet up with head coach Paul Chryst and see the campus that means a lot to his dad.
“(My dad) loves it there, probably his favorite town and campus in the country,” Robertson said. “I know he would love for me to carry the family tradition. The first thing that stuck out to me about Wisconsin is how they treat recruits. The fans are unreal there, great town and I would love to visit soon.”
Robertson is a tremendous talent with a high ceiling. If the Badgers could land him, Robertson would complement a recruiting class that has already landed four offensive lineman, a tight end and a top option at quarterback in three-star prospect Jack Coan. As he learns the playbook, Robertson could become an important special teams player. His speed, size and shiftiness is a scary combo for opposing teams. With his ties to the school, Wisconsin has a chance to secure Robertson’s commitment.