Badger Nation's Quarterbacks

With the verbal commitment of Illinois prep quarterback Jon Budmayr, the Badgers seemingly have found their signal caller for the class of 2009. Looking at the scholarship board, however, Wisconsin is showing that you can never have enough athletes.

2009 high school quarterbacks that Wisconsin has shown legitimate interest in

Jon Budmayr (three stars)

6-foot-1, 194 pounds, 4.7 40-yard time

Marian Central Catholic H.S. – Woodstock, Illinois

After back-to-back years of missing out on high-end talent at Marion Central, the Badgers finally broke through with Budmayr, who gave Wisconsin his verbal commitment last week, picking the Badgers over Arizona, Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern and , the biggest of them all, Notre Dame.

Considered one of the top quarterbacks in the Midwest, Budmayr already has a state championship title under his belt and threw for over 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. Budmayr received his first offer from Wisconsin last June after the Badgers saw him perform at Purdue's Nike Camp and Wisconsin never lost contact.

Status: Verbal Commitment – May 20

Tate Forcier (four stars)

6-foot-1, 187 pounds, 4.63 40-yard time

Scripps Ranch H.S. - San Diego, California

On of the most talent quarterbacks in the junior class that the Badgers have shown interest in, Forcier compiled a passer rating of 77 percent for Scripps Ranch, passing for over 2,300 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Wisconsin was one of the first schools to offer Forcier, as Offensive Coordinator Paul Chryst extended an offer in June of last year. Since then, 34 schools from around the country have extended an offer to Forcier, an enormous amount.

Over the weekend, Forcier told that he trimmed his list to a 'manageable' 20 schools. On that list were two Big Ten schools and neither one of them was Wisconsin. It appears now that the only time Forcier will be in Camp Randall will be in a Michigan or Penn State uniform.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Virtually No Interest

Charlie Goro (one star)

6-foot-3, 193 pounds

Maine South H.S. – Park Ridge, Illinois

An athletic, dual-threat prospect, Goro passed for 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns in his junior season, his first year as the starter for Maine South H.S.'s spread offense. Goro also rushed for 500 yards and eight touchdowns, showing he has ability to move if necessary.

Goro has no scholarship offers, but has visited a variety of schools from all over country, including Big Ten schools Illinois, Iowa, Purdue and Wisconsin. Goro said that the Fighting Illini have been recruiting him the hardest but he made time during his spring to travel up to Wisconsin for a Saturday spring practice.

Through the end of April, Goro, in addition to Wisconsin, has made unofficial visits to Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern and Purdue.

Status: No Scholarship – Medium Interest

Clayton Moore (three stars)

6-foot-2, 205 pounds, 4.8 40-yard time

Louisville H.S. – Louisville, Mississippi

Ranked 35th overall for 2009 quarterbacks, Clayton Moore knows how to win. He passed for over, 3,000 yards, rushed for over 850 and registered a total of 42 touchdowns his junior year in leading his Louisville H.S. team to the 3A Mississippi State title.

Because of his performance, his stock on the recruiting scene has gone through the roof. Moore currently holds 16 offers, including an offer from Wisconsin that came on March 28.

Without question, Moore has the leadership qualities and athletic ability to be successful on the college level and his numbers from his junior season show that he can beat the opposition with his arm or his legs.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium Interest

Eugene Smith (four stars)

6-foot-3, 180 pounds, 4.60 40-yard time

Miramar H.S. – Miramar, Florida

A second team all-state quarterback as a junior, Smith is one of the best prospects in the state of Florida. Ranked as the eighth-best quarterback, Smith completed 70 percent of his 115 passes with 21 touchdowns and only three interceptions.

Wisconsin has offered him but just like Forcier, Smith becoming a Badger seems like a big long shot. Smith recently stated that South Florida, Florida State, LSU, Louisville and Boston College were his top five but is still considering others.

Besides unofficial visits to his top 5 schools, Smith plans on participating in the annual Elite 11 camp held in California. The event showcases the top quarterbacks in the nation and will certainly elevate his stock with a solid performance.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Little to No Interest

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