In-State Offers

The level of talent in the state of Wisconsin is up from the past few years, reflected by the number of scholarship offers given by the UW staff this spring/summer. Three in-state products (Justin Ostrowski, Tyler Donovan and Danny Kaye) have committed already, while three other athletes have offers on the table. Here is a look at the Badgers' in-state offers:

Fans that have followed Wisconsin football recruiting in recent years understand the Badger coaching staff's approach to in-state recruiting. The Badgers place a high emphasis on rewarding the top players in the state with scholarship offers, particularly those that have participated and excelled in UW's summer camps.

Last February, the Badgers locked up two of the top prospects in the state, quarterback Tyler Donovan and defensive lineman Justin Ostrowski. Donovan is considered the top quarterback in Wisconsin, and his commitment signified the end of UW's quarterback recruiting for the 2003 class, more than a year before Signing Day. Ostrowski was a huge coup for the staff as well. He is still being wooed by most of the top teams in the Midwest, including regular contact from Notre Dame. But Ostrowski is a firm commitment that can be penned into the class of 2003.

The most recent commitment came in mid-June from another top state prospect, the 6-8, 260-pound tight end/defensive tackle Danny Kaye from New Berlin. The Badgers were thrilled to receive his commitment before things started really heating up.

The Badger staff hopes to lock down one or two more in-state commitments before the end of the summer. Here are the remaining three in-state athletes that have been offered scholarships. Tomorrow in a premium update, we will list other Wisconsin prospects that looked impressive in camp and at the very minimum, should be invited to walk-on next season.

Here are the three other Badger state recruits that have offers on the table:

JOE THOMAS 6-7, 270 Offensive Tackle/Defensive Tackle Brookfield, WI

Thomas is one of the Badgers' top priorities in recruiting this season. He is being recruited as a tight end by Wisconsin, but could also play offensive or defensive line. Thomas is a phenomenal track athlete (he had the fifth-best shot put mark in a national tournament earlier this summer). He is a tall, lean-muscled athlete that is being recruited by many top national football and track programs (Colorado, Notre Dame, USC among them).

Those that have seen Thomas in action rave about his huge hands, agility and athleticism. A 3.6 student, Thomas also handled his team's kicking/punting duties last year. Some have said he has "Tony Boselli type" potential. Coach Barry Alvarez has visited Thomas in person, and recent in-state commit Danny Kaye has joined the Badgers' recruiting efforts, calling Thomas to encourage him to join him in Madison.

LUKE KNAUF 6-4, 270 Offensive/Defensive Tackle Stratford, WI

Knauf is a good bet for the next UW commitment, as he appears close to making a decision. He impressed the UW staff with his determination in June. Two days before he was scheduled to attend the Badgers' first summer camp, he sprained his ankle. Knauf quickly began rehab, and signed up for the second camp, in which he performed very well and received an offer. Iowa was the first school to offer him a scholarship (after camp last summer).

Knauf's father is a long-time high school coach in the state of Wisconsin, and that experience/knowledge has clearly rubbed off on his son. Knauf is a tough, smart player (3.8 grade point average) that has great potential at the college level. His brother currently attends UW.

GREG BRACEY 6-3, 190 Wide Receiver/Safety Milwaukee, WI

Bracey is another huge priority for the Badgers because he's an in-state prospect with phenomenal speed. He is being recruited by some of the top track programs in the nation because of his 10.4 100-yard dash (4.4 in the 40). Bracey might be a little bit raw on the football field, but could be used as a kick/punt return specialist immediately, at the very least. Bracey wants to compete in both football and track.

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