Taking a closer look at Wisconsin 2016 commit Jake Hescock - a tight end from Pittsfield, Mass.

Taking a closer look at the incoming members of the 2016 recruiting class, BadgerNation profiles Salisbury (CT) Prep tight end Jake Hescock.

Jake Hescock

Tight End

Commitment Date: 6/26/15

Commitment in the Class: 11th


Accolades: Rated the No.2 tight end in Connecticut, No.8 in the East and No.44 in the country  … named to All-USA Connecticut first team by USA Today as a senior ...Boston Globe All-Scholastic ... New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Player of the Year and first-team All-New England ... named NEPSAC Class A Lineman of the Year by Boston Globe ... recorded 23 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns as a senior ... team captain as a senior ... class president ... attended Taconic High School as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to Salisbury.

Recruiting Story: Looking to find one quality tight end in the 2016 class and establish a connection in the Northeast, tight end coach Mickey Turner found four quality prospects in Connecticut – a state not nationally known for its high school football – and offered all of them. One of those players was Hescock.

Holding offers from Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Temple and Wake Forest, not to mention strong interest from Boston College, Maryland, Penn State and Syracuse, the Badgers became an intriguing option because he has family friends in the area and heard about what a nice college town Madison was.

“I was excited. It was one of my top schools,” Hescock said when Wisconsin offered in May 2015. “I’ve always watched that program and their history is pretty good. It’s my biggest program (to offer), but also one I always wanted to go. It’s exciting.”

Wanting to get his decision out of the way by the start of his senior season, Hescock found time to visit Madison in June, which turned out to be a decision that ended his recruitment. Hescock spoke glowingly about the campus, the coaching staff and about strength and conditioning coach Ross Kolodziej. He also loved the fact that his relationship with Turner had only got stronger over the month since he personally offered him.

Waiting a week to let it sink in and weight the pros and cons with his family, Hescock jumped on the opportunity to play for the Badgers.

Why Wisconsin? “I know I was feeling it while I was on my visit. I was going to commit then, but my dad told me to wait. When we left, (Turner) was like, ‘We want you bad. You’re going to be the only tight end we sign for this class.’ That got me pretty excited, too, knowing I was going to be the only one. We had a pretty good relationship over the past couple of months, and I think he’s pretty excited that I get to spend the next four years with him.”

Scouting Report: There is so much to like about Hescock, who fits the mold of a rugged, big physical tight end. First of all, he knows how to run routes. He gets off the line of scrimmage well, knows where to find holes in a zone and once he gets there, he turns quickly, locates the ball and gets his arms away from his body and uses his hands to make the catch.

When it comes to route running, the biggest area for improvement is acceleration when he has to get out of breaks. He will need to increase his speed if he is to become a down-the-field threat in the passing game. As a blocker, Hescock uses his size well and has a nice base. He is wide and stays balanced, has a good initial punch and stays on the block. His lateral movement is a positive as well.

Versatility is a key in recruiting and Hescock has it. He is heading to Wisconsin as a tight end, but do not rule out a move to offensive tackle if he adds a bunch of weight. – Scout’s national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn

Coach’s Quote: “Even at its most basic level, he’s a big guy and he moves really well. Check and check, but then you watch his tape, you see more of his athleticism come out on defense. He’s rushing the passer, he picked a ball off right in stride as he was coming around the edge, a lot of those things told me he has ball skills, he’s got hand-eye coordination. As long as he can run and hit, he’ll be all right.” – Wisconsin tight end coach Mickey Turner

BadgerNation Prediction: Hescock’s 6-7 frame immediately stands out along with his versatility considering he plays on both sides of the ball for his high school. He’ll need to add at least 20-30 pounds of strength, mass and muscle to work his way into the rotation, which is one of the main reasons why he committed to Wisconsin because of that program. He has the ability to be a stout run blocker and red-zone threat early on in his career for the Badgers – a dual role he believes he can handle for the program - and see his role slowly expand as he develops and gets further along in the program. Hescock fits the mold of what head coach Paul Chryst is looking for out of his tight ends, which is why fans should like this pickup.

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