NONE - Despite the uptick in the targeting of more sought after prospects, Wisconsin still does not hold a pledge from a 2018 prospect in the Scout 300, as newest Badgers commit Jack Sanborn just missed out on being included. Sanborn, the highest rated prospect in Wisconsin’s recruiting class, was bumped up to a four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 9 inside linebacker. The eight inside linebackers ranked ahead of him were included in the 300, showing just how close Sanborn is.
Jack Carman is likely the highest rated prospect in the Scout 300 that Wisconsin has a chance with, although that chance be strongly considered a puncher’s chance. As things stand, the Badgers are on the outside looking in for Carman are most likely done on the offensive line unless Carman wants in.
Next on the list is Scout’s No.4 tight end Jeremy Ruckert, who recently visited Madison. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, this recruitment feels like it is trending in the wrong way for the Badgers, as Ohio State and Michigan are assumed to be the leaders for Ruckert. Barring anything unexpected, look for Ruckert to end up somewhere else.
Wisconsin is quietly in a good position for the Detroit area standout. Marquan McCall’s recruitment has been interesting with the prospect taking a very low-key approach to his recruitment process. Michigan, Michigan State and Tennessee look to be in the best spots, but Scout’s Midwest Analyst Allen Trieu describes the Badgers as a “dark horse” in this race.
Jairus Brents is another mysterious prospect that Wisconsin has tried to get involved with. As of now, it’s difficult to gauge the recruitment as a whole, let alone where the Badgers stand in all of it. The Louisville product is expected by some to stay home and play for the Cardinals.
The four-star Deandre Square hails from Midwest football powerhouse Cass Tech and is likely the last outside linebacker prospect Wisconsin is targeting. Though Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State have dominated the Detroit metro area in the past recruiting cycles, the Badgers have been aggressively recruiting the region since Paul Chryt arrived, resulting in commitments from 2017 safety Scott Nelson and 2018 safety Reggie Pearson. This seems to be an MSU/Wisconsin battle with the momentum lying with the Badgers, who have set themselves up nicely.
Wisconsin has done well in maintaining its good standing with Tavion Thomas, but the Buckeyes have been trending for the Ohio product. Thomas was a relatively unknown prospect who exploded on the recruiting scene and subsequently added offers from some of the best programs in the country. One thing helping the Badgers here is Thomas’ familiarity with the school, and the fact that Wisconsin was the first major offer for the tailback. Ohio State is in on several other top prospects at the running back position, so it is important to note that this could very well have an impact on Thomas’ decision.
Despite his early praise of the Badgers after receiving his offer, Jamal Elliott did not include Wisconsin in his top three, which consists of Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. The Ducks provided Elliott with his dream offer and seem to be the easy favorite to land his commitment.
Anthony Schwartz - the nation’s top 100 meter dash runner - just recently dropped a top ten which did not include Wisconsin. There is still some mutual interest between the two parties, but Wisconsin will fade away entirely unless a visit to Madison takes place.
The Miami commit is one of many elite prospects the Badgers are targeting at the running back position in the 2018 class. Despite his recent pledge to Miami, Wisconsin continues its efforts to flip Camron Davis. Whether or not these efforts are strong is another question altogether, as Davis seems solid to the Canes at this time.
Much to this dismay of Badger fans, Devin O'Rourke gave Northwestern its biggest recruit of the current cycle in March. O’Rourke was without a doubt one of the top defensive targets on Wisconsin’s board, so even though the Badgers have plenty of other ends they are targeting, Wisconsin will likely keep tabs on the Illinois standout.
The Badgers find themselves in the thick of an interesting, and somewhat peculiar, recruitment. Kenny Bastida has been quiet when it comes to recruiting but has listed high interest in Wisconsin along with Penn State, Pittsburgh and Indiana in the last month. The Hoosiers in particular are pulling out all the stops in their hopes of landing Bastida.