Wisconsin starting to shift its recruiting attention to the 2018 and 2019 classes, especially in Florida

Wisconsin has been active in the Sunshine State and has recently offered a trio of underclassmen from Deerfield.

Spots are at a premium in the 2017 class for Wisconsin, which already has 10 commitments in the fold. That allows for the staff to turn its attention to underclassmen. 

The Badgers have recently offered three prospects from Deerfield Beach High: linebacker Kenny Bastida and defensive end Rosendo Louis are sophomores. Defensive end Ge'mon Eaford is a freshman.


LSU and Georgia lead for Louis early.

"Honestly, my top schools that stick out are LSU and Georgia,” Louis said. “I'm not canceling out any schools, especially Wisconsin. They would probably be my third school if I had one. It's a blessing to be offered, and that why I will be visiting almost every school and after that I will narrow my list down."

Louis likes what he knows so far about the Badgers’ program.

“Wisconsin has a very storied program,” Louis said. “They produce NFL players like Russell (Wilson) and J.J. (Watt), and that catches my eye. I haven't talked to any coaches yet but I plan on meeting them when I visit this summer. They are definitely a contender for me and they're right up in the mix."

Louis plans to visit Madison this summer with his high school team. No commitment date has been set.


Bastida has a top five of LSU, Wisconsin, Penn State, Syracuse and Rutgers, in that order.

"Those would have to be my top schools,” Bastida said. “The Wisconsin offer definitely puts them at top of my list, and with my friends getting offered, also it only helps their chances.

"I was blessed and surprised when they offered. It's definitely a game-changing offer. Right now they're my second favorite school, even though I haven't visited yet. Anything can happen still. I've started to develop a relationship with the coaching staff. It's great to know people like my game and value it highly."

Bastida will take summer visits to his top schools, and one stop he will make is Wisconsin.

“I can't wait to visit,” Bastida said. “I don't know a lot about Wisconsin but I know they have a top notch program and are a big ten powerhouse school. I've seen players from Wisconsin get consistently get drafted and that intrigues me, a lot."


Eaford described his Wisconsin offer as "a great surprise, as well as an opportunity."

Eaford plays basketball and starts for his Varisty team, but he only plans to pursue football in college.

"I love basketball, but football is my sport,” Eaford said. “I plan on going to college for academics and football. Wisconsin has both academics and a great football program, something I value highly."

Eaford will visit multiple schools this summer.

"I can't wait to visit some schools this summer on June 10th,” Eaford said. “I've never left the state of Florida, so I can't wait to see what the schools hold. The only school that sticks out to me is Michigan. I love what coach (Jim) Harbaugh is doing up there. I haven't cancelled out any schools, and I am for sure visiting Wisconsin."

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