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Wisconsin lands three underrated prospects in the past eight days

It's been a productive eight days for Wisconsin on the recruiting trail, landing two prospects in 2017 and an in-state prospect in 2018. What will they bring to the program and how does it affect recruiting going forward? We examine.

2017

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Committed Over: Mesa (AZ) Desert Ridge long snapper Adam Bay flipped his commitment to Wisconsin from Missouri. He also had offers from Memphis, New Mexico State and Wyoming.

Rated: Bay is rated a two-star prospect on Scout.com and a five-star prospect on Kohl’s. Bay is listed as the top long snapper in the 2017 class.

On Film: Adam is the best snapper in the 2017 class. He has finished as the top overall chart for every 2015-16 Kohl's Snapping Event he attended. During the National Scholarship Camp he was the top overall chart and finished with an average snap time of .65 seconds. His performance throughout the year and at the Scholarship Camp earned Adam a position in the Under Armour All-America football game. Not only is Adam the best snapper in the country, he is one of the most athletic. During the Scholarship Camp, he ran a 4.21 second pro agility and jumped 8-5 in the broad jump. Adam will make an immediate impact for any football program in the country. – Kohlskicking.com

Recruiting Impact: People may scoff over Wisconsin taking a long snapper on scholarship in a recruiting year where spots are at a premium, but this one was critical for the Badgers. Not only was Connor Udelhoven graduating, the Badgers no longer had a true long snapper on their 2017 roster after Jake Cesear left the program. And considering somebody has to snap the ball to the kickers and punters, UW needed a tangible option. They got one in Bay and look to be set at the position for the next four years.

Quotable: “It was amazing. I bonded really well with the other specialists. They knew who I was, I knew who they were and they wanted me to be a part of the family. That’s the part that really sold it for me, too.” - Bay

Final Thought: Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst has put a tremendous emphasis on building the Badgers’ special teams units into the one of the best in the country. It’s part of the reason why Chris Haering is on staff as the special teams coach and while former UW kicker Taylor Mehlhaff is there as a special teams quality control assistant. But in order to be good, you still need to have good players. Wisconsin has done fine with walk-ons in special teams roles, but the Badgers felt they had to get the best players in the country to be the best unit.

Bay badly wanted a Wisconsin scholarship after camping with the Badgers over the summer but the numbers didn’t work in his favor. A couple months later, Wisconsin was ready to come back to him with an offer and Bay was ready to join the program, locking down a vital special teams position for the next four seasons.

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Committed Over: DeSoto (TX) High Emmet Perry committed to Wisconsin over offers from Alcorn State, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Bowling Green, Colgate, Georgetown, North Texas and Utah State.

Rated: Perry is not currently ranked by Scout.com

On Film: Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Powers gave a detailed breakdown of Perry’s game here  

Recruiting Impact: After Cade Green committed in late March, it appeared Wisconsin was going to take only one receiver in 2017. But with the Badgers appearing they are comfortable going over their allotted 85 scholarships, UW started pushing for another receiver to add some depth to the position.

UW had offers out to Cypress (TX) Ranch prospect R.J. Sneed, who was committed to TCU at the time of the offer and has since de-committed. It appears Nebraska, Ole Miss and UCLA are the three schools to beat. Iowa City (IA) West receiver Oliver Martin is highly coveted by a number of programs, particularly in the Midwest, and has visited Wisconsin previously. It appears Iowa, Michigan and Notre are the three schools out in front.

Springfield (OH) four-star receiver Danny Davis is currently listed as the number-eight wideout in the Midwest and says he’ll “definitely” take an official visit to Wisconsin. This was before the commitment of Perry, however, so it remains to be seen if that actually happens. My guess is probably not.

Quotable: “When I got there, being around all those coaches that have returned from having graduated from there, the positivity from other people and the players, I really was impressed. The program overall, I liked it. I thought I would be a good fit there. And just the football atmosphere at the game, I enjoyed myself.” – Perry

Final Thought: After being buried on the depth chart at powerhouse DeSoto, Perry has taken advantage of his first year as a starter by putting up some big numbers for a program that is undefeated and has a realistic chance at a state championship. A talented, athletic sleeper who knows what it takes to win at talented high school program? Sign me up.

2018

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Committed Over: Menasha (WI) safety Trent Ingalls committed to Wisconsin over interest from Central Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue.

Rated: Ingalls is an early three-star prospect by Scout.com

On Film: He has legitimate speed. He can really run and he's a good athlete. He is not the biggest guy but that doesn't stop him from being physical. He just has to add weight and strength but he has good athletic tools. – Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu

Recruiting Impact: Only Leo Musso is graduating from the safety spot after this season, and Wisconsin is slated to lose Keelon Brookins and Joe Ferguson after next season. Even though that would thin out the depth, the Badgers still would have eight players listed as safety on the roster, including a couple talented 2016 commits in Eric Burrell, Seth Currens and Patrick Johnson. Wisconsin is also actively recruiting safeties Scott Nelson and Christian Cumber in the 2017 class. If UW can land one of those players, the Badgers would really be set.

Wisconsin has offers to three players projected at safety by Scout – Aliquippa (PA) HS Kwantel Raines, Detroit Cass Tech DeAndre Square and West Palm Beach (FL) Lakes Gurvan Hall. All three have shown interest in UW but nothing earth shattering at this point. In reality, UW is probably doesn’t need another safety in 2018.

Quotable: “I didn't want to rush anything but in the back of my mind UW has always been a big deal to me. Waiting helped me really experience being a Badger recruit. The more time I waited the more I saw and the more I saw the more excited and amazed I got by UW.” - Ingalls

Final Thought: Nobody should ever complain about Wisconsin taking an in-state prospect, especially considering the success rate of those kids is sky high. What’s neat about Ingalls is that he’s not a two-way player, as most kids with his skill set are. He chooses to focus solely on his craft at safety and will be going into his third year as a starter.

With three interceptions last season and a 4.47 40-yard dash speed, Ingalls has a knack to make plays because he plays long and is rangy. He likely won’t be needed to play right away in the secondary, and a year in the weight room might serve him well, but there’s no question Ingalls is a talented football player who has the skills and characteristics to impact the program.


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