It's Official!

Wisconsin formally announces its 2004 recruiting class

The letters of intent are signed and the Badgers' 2004 recruits—and some members of the 2005 class—are set to come to Madison.

The class breaks down with 19 scholarship players for 2004, two greyshirts who will go on scholarship in Jan. 2005 and two walk-ons. 

Here is the rundown, with bio information care of the UW Sports Information:

Jason Chapman , DL

6-4, 260, Bedford Hts., Ohio (Bedford)

Ranked among top 60 players in the Midwest by SuperPrep … All-Lake Erie League selection as a senior after registering 56 tackles, including 12 TFLs … honorable mention all-state as a junior … also lettered in basketball … team captain as a senior … played for same high school that sent former Badger greats Lee Evans to Wisconsin … coach was Jim Hodakievic … Lake Erie League 3.0 GPA award recipient … born Jan. 6, 1986 … parents are Joe and Linda … father briefly played football at Alabama State.

Jammar Crane , LB

6-1, 195, Garland, Texas (Garland)

First-team all-district outside linebacker as a junior before injury forced him to miss eight games his senior year … career statistics include 250 tackles, 28 QB sacks, 13 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and an interception … three-year football letterwinner … coach was Jeff Jordan … born Jan. 13, 1986 … parents are Vernon Love and Theresa Love.

Andy Crooks , LB

6-3, 235, Wausau, Wis. (East)

A PrepStar All-American … first-team all-state selection and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's state player of the year as a senior … ranked among top 60 players in the Midwest by SuperPrep … rated among top five players in Wisconsin by … made 122 tackles, intercepted two passes, recovered three fumbles and rushed for 309 yards and seven TDs his final year as a prep … 74 tackles and a fumble recovery as a junior … earned nine high school letters (three each in football, basketball and track) … captained basketball team twice and football squad once … state qualifier in shot put as a junior … National Honor Society member … born New Year's Day in 1986 … parents are Mike and Laurie.

Gino Cruse Jr. , DL

6-5, 305, Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista)

All-West Region selection by PrepStar … ranked among the top dozen players in Arizona by SuperPrep and, he registered more than 40 tackles, including eight QB sacks, as a senior … notched 30 career QB sacks … four-year varsity letterwinner in football and lettered twice in basketball … coach was Dan Hinds … born Oct. 21, 1985 … legal guardians are Kurt and Sharon Boxhurd … cousin, Trung Canidate, played RB collegiately at Arizona (1996-99) and in the NFL for St. Louis and Washington … another cousin, Arizona State.

Jameson Davis , DB

6-0, 185, Hamden, Conn. (Hamden)

Already enrolled at UW and will participate in spring practice … All-East Region selection by PrepStar … first-team all-state, team captain and team MVP as a senior when he threw for more than 1,400 yards and 10 TDs, and rushed for 923 yards and 19 TDs … made 42 tackles on defense, while intercepting four passes and recovering three fumbles his senior year … ranked among top 15 players in New England by SuperPrep … threw for seven TDs, rushed for 13 TDs and picked off five passes as a junior … two-time first-team all-conference choice … lettered in basketball and track, as well as football … prep coach was Paul Catino … made honor roll and was a student-of-the-month honoree … born August 9, 1986 … parents are Joe Davis and Lurettle Allen.

Antonio Freeman , DB

6-0, 185, Milwaukee, Wis. (Wauwatosa West)

Named All-Midwest Region by PrepStar … rated among top seven players in Wisconsin by … national caliber sprinter who was an honorable mention all-state and second-team all-area defensive back after making 50 tackles and intercepting four passes his senior year … also rushed for 811 yards and 15 TDs as a senior … earned three football letters and four in track and field … finished third in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes (times were 10.66 and 21.58, respectively) at the 2003 national AAU meet … his 100 time (10.40) and 200 time (21.08) in the semifinals at the AAU meet are the fourth and sixth fastest, respectively, in Wisconsin history … member of 2003 AAU national champion 4x100 relay team … finished fourth in both the 100 and 200 at the 2002 AAU meet … 2003 state champion in the 100, 200 and 4x200 as a junior … three-time team track MVP … prep coach was Ben Veit … born Nov. 1, 1985 … parents are Bruce and Tanya.

Nick Hayden , DL

6-5, 275, Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)

Named state's defensive lineman of the year by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and earned first-team all-state honors (for second straight year) as a senior after making 89 tackles (including 18 TFLs and 11 QB sacks) causing five fumbles and blocking two kicks … also made five receptions for 80 yards and a TD … PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team selection and SuperPrep All-America pick who was ranked among top dozen players in the Midwest … ranked No. 51 nationally (all positions) by Tom Lemming and No. 81 by … played in 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio (Alamodome) and caught a TD pass for the East team … two-time conference defensive player of the year … team captain his senior year … as a junior, he made 105 tackles, including 28 TFLs and 21 QB sacks … prep coach was Tom Taraska … also played basketball … born Feb. 4, 1986 … parents are Bill and Mary … father was an offensive tackle at UW-Whitewater from 1978-82.

Jack Ikegwuonu , WR/DB

6-1, 190, Madison, Wis. (Memorial)

First-team all-state split end (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Associated Press) and defensive back (Wisconsin Football Coaches Association) … All-Midwest Region selection by PrepStar … all-area selection and Big 8 Conference wide receiver and defensive back of the year in 2003 … as a senior, he caught 38 passes for 1,000 yards and 15 TDs, while making 40 solo tackles and intercepting nine passes on defense … all-conference return specialist as a junior … two-time team MVP … lettered in football, basketball and baseball and was an all-area and all-conference center fielder as a junior … coach was Gary Kolpin … made academic honor roll as a junior … born Jan. 7, 1986 … parents are Fidelis and Patty.

Allen Langford , DB

5-11, 185, Detroit, Mich. (Cass Tech)

All-Midwest Region selection by PrepStar … ranked among the top 90 players in the Midwest by SuperPrep, he was a first-team All-Detroit and honorable mention all-state selection as a senior … made 53 tackles, intercepted three passes, broke up 10 passes and recovered three fumbles in his final season … career totals include 147 tackles, eight interceptions and 20 pass breakups … two-year team captain … an all-city track athlete … football coach was Thomas Wilcher … honor roll student throughout high school … born Jan. 29, 1986 … parents are Allen and Padena.

Sean Lewis , QB

6-7, 225, Oak Lawn, Ill. (Harold L. Richards)

Already enrolled at UW and will participate in spring practice … PrepStar All-America choice … ranked among top 50 players in the Midwest by SuperPrep, he is a two-time all-area and all-conference selection … rated among top 10 players in Illinois by … school's career passing leader with 3,131 yards and 39 TDs in three seasons … threw for 2,178 yards and 27 TDs as a junior … rushed for 915 yards on 192 carries (4.8-yard average) and 15 TDs in three-year career … three-time letterwinner in both football and basketball … two-time football team captain and MVP … coach was Gary Korhonen … National Honor Society member who graduated 29th in his class of 380 … born April 11, 1986 … parents are Michael and Kathleen … father played football at North Park College in 1969 and at Western Illinois in 1971 … uncle, Dennis Carrabine, ran track at Furman from 1977-79 … great uncles, Gene (1951-52) and Luke (1953-54) Carrabine, played football at Notre Dame.

Taylor Mehlhaff , K

5-11, 180, Aberdeen, S.D. (Central)

Rated by as the nation's No. 1 kicker … Riddell first-team All-American, USA Today second-team All-American and a two-time all-state, all-area and all-conference selection … also an all-conference quarterback … South Dakota's 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year … helped lead his team to 12-1 record and runner-up finish in 2003 Class 11AA state finals as a quarterback, strong safety, kicker and punter … national kickoff champion at Chris Sailer's Kicking Camp his junior year … as a senior, 93 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks and he made 6-14 FGAs (long of 52 yards) and 35-36 PATs … also passed for 1,359 yards and 12 TDs, while making 55 tackles on defense … team captain and MVP … won four letters each in football, hockey and track … coach was Mike Flakus … all-state academic choice … born August 25, 1985 … father is Charlie Mehlhaff and mother is Heidi Preston … father ran track and played golf at Northern State … grandfather played basketball at Northern State … an uncle played basketball at Northern State and Black Hills … another uncle played basketball and baseball at Northern State and Yankton College.

Jarvis Minton , WR/DB

6-1, 190, Arlington, Texas (Mansfield Summit)

An All-Midlands Region choice by PrepStar and a first-team all-district selection as a senior after making 21 catches for 425 yards and 16 touchdowns … team captain and MVP … helped lead team to 9-1 record and 2003 District 4-5A title … played track and soccer as well as football … coach was Tim Beck … born July 20, 1985 … father is Glen Minton and mother is Deloris Mackson.

Joshua Neal, LB

5-10, 225, Nashville, Tenn. (Pearl-Cohn)

Named first-team all-metro and first-team all-region (twice) and third-team all-midstate … made 95 tackles, including 21 QB sacks, forced five fumbles and recovered four fumbles as a senior … two-time team captain and was named team's defensive MVP his final season … career totals include 310 tackles, 53 QB sacks and 15 forced fumbles … coach was Maurice Fitzgerald … ranked 11th academically in class of 185 … member of National Honor Society … received Nashville Sports Council Foundation Award … Who's Who Among American High School Students … born August 3, 1986 … parents are Marvin and Sherri … father, Rev. Marvin Neal, was a four-year football letterwinner at Wisconsin (1979-81, ‘83), ranks sixth on the UW career list for kickoff return yards with 1,009 and was a free agent in 1984 with the Green Bay Packers and CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Mike Newkirk , DL

6-3, 240, Ladysmith, Wis. (Ladysmith-Hawkins)

An All-Midwest Region choice of PrepStar … first-team all-state selection as a running back and defensive lineman …named state's 2003 Offensive Player of the Year by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association after rushing for school records of 2,409 yards and 40 touchdowns … ranked as eighth-best player in Wisconsin by … school record-holder for rushing yards (4,412) and TDs (77) … made 185 career tackles, including 23 TFLs and 22.5 QB sacks … three-time team MVP … lettered in football, wrestling and track … first wrestler from his county to win a state title (heavyweight, 42-0 record as a junior) … school record-holder in discus and shot put … football coach was Bruce Stewart … born August 12, 1986 … parents are Chris and Christine … father played football at Mt. Senario College from 1985-88.

Dave Peck , TE

6-5, 225, Media, Pa. (Wallingford Strath Haven)

All-East Region selection by PrepStar … first-team all-state and two-time first-team all-conference tight end who caught 13 passes for 308 yards and three TDs as a senior … named to 2003 Pennsylvania Platinum 33 All-State team by Harrisburg Patriot News … ranked among top 35 players in the state by SuperPrep and … team MVP and captain his final season … three-year starter at TE, OLB and long snapper … team was 56-3 during his four seasons … won 10 letters, including four each in football and lacrosse and two in basketball … All-Delaware County lacrosse player … coach was Kevin Clancy … four-year honor roll student … born Nov. 26, 1985 … parents are James and Patricia.

Chris Pressley , RB

6-1, 262, Woodbury, N.J. (Woodbury)

All-America choice by PrepStar … rated among top 15 players in New Jersey by SuperPrep and was named South Jersey Back of the Year and All-South Jersey after rushing for 1,630 yards and 22 TDs as a senior … ranked among Tom Lemming's top 25 fullbacks … also made 101 tackles from his LB position … career totals include 3,650 rushing yards and 334 tackles … three-time all-conference, All-Group I and All-South Jersey choice … two-time team captain and MVP … lettered in football, track and wrestling … three-time all-conference in track … coach was Zack Valentine … National Honor Society member who placed second in the math competition at the Coriell Institute Science Fair … born August 8, 1986 … mother is Jacqueline Pressley … uncle, Greg Ross, played football and participated in track at Bethune Cookman.

Marcus Randle El , QB/ATH.

5-10, 180, Markham, Ill. (Thornton)

An All-Midwest Region choice by PrepStar, he was named one of the top 40 players in the Midwest by SuperPrep and one of top 50 players in the Midwest by … also tabbed No. 7 player in Illinois by …an all-state selection as a senior and a three-time all-conference pick … rushed for 1,200 yards and 16 TDs, and threw for 1,100 yards and 15 TDs his senior year … junior year totals included 1,100 rushing yards and 12 TDs, and 1,300 passing yards and 22 TDs … two-time team captain and MVP … coach was Bill Mosel … born May 29, 1986 … parents are Curtis and Jacqueline … brother, Antwaan, was a record-setting QB at Indiana (1998-01) and now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers … another brother, Curtis, also played at Indiana (1996-99).

Bill Rentmeester , FB

6-0, 240, Beaver Dam, Wis. (Beaver Dam)

Honorable mention all-state running back who rushed for 1,462 yards and scored 20 touchdowns as a senior … first-team all-conference selection and was a two-time team MVP … career totals include 2,193 rushing yards and 32 TDs … lettered nine times (three each in football, hockey and track) … honor roll student throughout high school … coach was Mark Furdek … born April 25, 1986 … parents are Tim and Maggie … grandfather, Otis Mehlberg, played football at Valparaiso from 1946-50.

Bryan Savage , QB

6-4, 215, Clifton Hts., Pa. (The Haverford School)

All-America selection by PrepStar … ranked among the top 30 players in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep, he was a first-team all-state selection as a senior after throwing for 1,913 yards and 17 touchdowns, along with rushing for 424 yards and six TDs … named to 2003 Pennsylvania Platinum 33 All-State team by Harrisburg Patriot News … career totals include 4,249 passing yards and 36 TDs, plus 965 rushing yards and 16 TDs … two-time team captain and MVP … an 11-time letterwinner in football, baseball and track … three-time All-Delaware County baseball player … football coach was Robert Allman … won national French exam award, placing 11th in the nation … born April 9, 1986 … parents are Thomas and Linda … uncle, Brian Nihill, played football at West Chester University and spent two years in the Chicago White Sox farm system.

Nick Sutton , LB

6-2, 215, Detroit, Mich. (Crockett)

An All-America choice by PrepStar … first-team all-state, all-metro and All-Detroit selection as a senior after making 110 tackles (including nine QB sacks), forcing seven fumbles and intercepting five passes … two-time team captain and was named co-MVP his final season … lettered in football and cross country … coach was Steve McGhee … born Oct. 14, 1986 … parents are Clyde and Betty.

Kraig Urbik , OL

6-6, 315, Hudson, Wis. (Hudson)

PrepStar All-American and one of the top 55 players in the Midwest according to SuperPrep as a senior … tabbed as No. 3 player in Wisconsin by … first-team all-state (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) … team captain, MVP and first-team all-conference selection … started every game as a junior and senior … lettered in football, basketball and track … coach was Craig Jilek … born Sept. 23, 1985 … parents are Kenneth and Joanne.

Jamil Walker , RB

6-2, 205, Rolling Meadows, Ill. (Palatine Fremd)

An All-Midwest Region selection by PrepStar … ranked among top 50 players in the Midwest by SuperPrep … rated No. 16 (overall) player in Illinois by … all-state in football as a senior and two-time all-state selection in track … twice named all-conference in football … earned four letters in track and three apiece in basketball and football … coach was Mike Donatucci … parents are Ted and Yolanda.

Joe Walker , LB

6-2, 200, Green Bay, Wis. (Notre Dame Acad.)

Named 2003 Associated Press State Player of the Year and first-team all-state as both a linebacker and tight end his senior year … named to SuperPrep's All-Midwest team … helped lead team to 2003 Division 3 state title, making 33 catches for 1,024 yards and 13 TDs, along with 68 solo tackles, including 18 QB sacks … also returned punts and kickoffs … two-time team MVP … nine-time letterwinner (three each in football and basketball, two in track and one in baseball) … all-conference as a junior in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and 4x100 … coach was John Nowak … born Feb. 2, 1986 … parents are Onie and Elizabeth.

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