Wisconsin official visitors, Dec. 17 weekend

A rundown of prospects expected in Madison Dec. 17-19. Big names include Travis Beckum, Ryan Reynolds and a couple highly regarded players who have committed elsewhere

Travis Beckum, 6-5, 218, LB/TE, Oak Creak, Wis. (Oak Creek HS) – Recent Wisconsin commit was one of the most sought after prospects in the nation. He is a candidate for national high school player of the year honors. Beckum, currently averaging 7.4 points per game for Oak Creek's basketball team, could play linebacker, safety, H-back or receiver at Wisconsin. At Oak Creek Beckum lined up at outside linebacker, defensive end, safety, cornerback, tight end, receiver and punter. He had 38 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, seven interceptions, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, four blocked kicks, 22 pass receptions for 506 yards and averaged 41 yards per punt.

Nick Chestnut, 6-1, 175, DB, Houston (Cypress Ridge HS) – Primarily a safety at Cypress Ridge, Chestnut also played quarterback and receiver. In addition, he has actually received some recruiting interest from Division I basketball programs as a point guard. Chestnut was named to the All-District 16-5A basketball team last March. A do-everything athlete on the gridiron, Chestnut caught eight passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns, completed 16 of 26 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, ran 13 times for 94 yards and scored three touchdowns on returns, including a 102-yard kick return for a score.

Jonathan Casillas, 6-2, 200, OLB/SS, New Brunswick, N.J. (New Brunswick HS) – Has already visited Illinois (Sept. 11), Kentucky (Dec. 3) and Connecticut (Dec. 10) but said last week that Wisconsin was his favorite. He has 90 tackles and 15 sacks this season and was named second-team Associated Press All-State.

P.J. Hill, 5-11, 220, TB, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Poly Prep) – Star tailback for one of New York state's top programs, Hill will likely commit if he enjoys his trip to Wisconsin. See story

Elijah Hodge, 6-0, 205, LB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Dillard HS) – Four-star linebacker is the younger brother of Iowa linebacker Abdul Hodge. Ranked the No. 18 linebacker in the country. He has already visited the other two schools under consideration: Ohio State (Nov. 20) and Iowa (Dec. 10). Hodge, who had 140 tackles and four sacks this season, expects to decide around Christmas. He is also one of the best prep wrestlers in Florida.

D.J. Hord, 6-1, 190, WR, Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst HS) – Four-star prospect and nation's No. 10 receiver. Hord is considering Wisconsin, Notre Dame, LSU and Kansas State. He was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press.

Jacob Lacey, 5-10, 170, WR/DB, Garland, Texas (Naaman Forest HS) – Athletically gifted prep quarterback has no qualms with playing receiver and/or cornerback in college, where he is being recruited by his favored suitors: Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma State. Iowa has even told him he may eventually play both ways. In just seven games this season Lacey ran for 1,200 yards and threw for 650. He was named District 11-5A Offensive MVP. He will also visit Iowa this weekend.

Ryan Reynolds, 6-2, 220, LB, Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman HS) – Five-star linebacker holds Oklahoma and UCLA as his favorites, with LSU and Wisconsin trailing. Reynolds was named the Southern Nevada Area Defensive Player of the Year and is under consideration for national player of the year honors. Graded the No. 7 linebacker in the class of 2005 by Scout.com, Reynolds had 96 tackles, six sacks and 12 tackles for loss as a junior and 94 tackles, six sacks and 12 tackles for loss this year. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds and, at a combine last spring, bench pressed 185 pounds 43 times.

Kevin Washington, 6-1, 219, LB/S/RB, Sugar Land, Texas (Stephen F. Austin HS) – Notre Dame verbal commitment. Washington is the No. 36 safety prospect in the nation and a three-star recruit according to Scout.com. He committed to Notre Dame in early July.

Doug Worthington, 6-7, 257, DE, Athol Springs, N.Y. (St. Francis HS) – The No. 4 ranked defensive end in the country, Worthington has said that he is a solid Ohio State commitment, but that he wanted to take more official visits anyway. He has already taken an official trip to Ohio State and will visit Florida (Jan. 7) and Boston College (Jan. 21) after Wisconsin. In the past two seasons, Worthington had 144 tackles, 11 sacks and 33 quarterback pressures.

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