Badger Nation's Defensive Ends

With the Badgers getting a junior day commitment from Mequon's Shelby Harris, Wisconsin's defensive line is already looking prosperous for 2009. But with all the injuries in this year's spring camp, the Badgers know you can't have enough solid players on the d-line.

2009 high school defensive ends that Wisconsin has shown legitimate interest in

Craig Drummond (four stars)

6-foot-6, 260 pounds

Morgan Park H.S. – Chicago, Illinois

An All-State and All-City selection as a junior, Drummond had an outstanding season for Morgan Park, leading his team with 84 tackles, 18 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a TD off a blocked punt. He also participates in track but while most guys his size are throwing the shot put, Drummond runs the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and the high hurdles.

Drummond is built like a lineman, with a big long arms and hands to match his frame. Without questions, Drummond has good speed off the line and by his tackle total, can finish off the play with a big hit.

Ranked the second-best defensive end and the 37th-best player in the country by Scout, the offers continue to roll in for Drummond. At least check, Drummond has too many offers to count, as schools like Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Miami (FL), Ohio State, Tennessee and Wisconsin have extended an offer.

Drummond has no timetable for his commitment and it is likely it would take him a long time to decide.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium Interest

Pat Muldoon (four stars)

6-foot-4, 255 pounds, 4.85 40-yard dash

Saint Xavier H.S. – Cincinnati, Ohio

As a junior, Pat Muldoon tallied 75 tackles (16 for a loss), 12 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, one interception and 32 QB pressures in leading St. Xavier to a Ohio state championship. Looking at those stats, it is no shock why Muldoon earned Second Team All-State (Ohio) First Team All-District (Southwest Ohio) and First Team All-City (Cincinnati).

Reporting a maximum bench press of 325 pounds and squat 455, Muldoon could play anywhere on the line in college, as he rotates down the line in Xavier's 3-3-5 base defense.

Already attending junior days at Cincinnati, Louisville, Michigan State and Pittsburgh and traveling to Iowa and Wisconsin for the Badgers' spring game, Muldoon has an astronomical 32 scholarship offers, including an offer from each Big Ten school.

Growing up a Buckeye fan and receiving an offer from the Ohio State University in early April, Muldoon had two uncles (Pat and Joe Lukens) play in Columbus during the 1970s. Muldoon's latest offer, from Notre Dame, really was a big offer for him and his recruitment could be between those two schools.

If it's any consolation, Muldoon came away from his April visit to Madison real impressed with the Wisconsin's program, the facilities and Matt Shaughnessy, someone who Muldoon looks up to.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to Low Interest

Craig Roh (four stars)

6-foot-5, 225 pounds, 4.6 40-yard dash

Chaparral H.S. – Scottsdale, Arizona

A 4.0 student and one of the best high school football players in the Southwest, there isn't much to dislike about Scottsdale's Craig Roe. Named first team all region, all city, all area and all state, Roe recorded 99 tackles and 15.5 sacks as a junior.

A long and rangy defensive end, Roe fits the profile of whom Wisconsin is recruiting at the end position, physical players that play with intensity, have a quick first step and have long arms and quick hands to shed blockers.

"My strengths are my ability to read an offense," said Roh. "My biggest asset is my mind. I study a lot of film. My speed is also a strength. Getting off the edge is important for a defensive end."

Roh doesn't name a leader or has any favorites, which is no surprise since he currently has 34 offers to mull over. Expected to start narrowing down his list in the next two weeks, Wisconsin is going to struggle competing against some of the best football schools in the country and in a territory where they don't get many players, let alone top recruits.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Little Interest

Keenan Graham (four stars)

6-foot-4, 215 pounds, 4.6 40-yard dash

Silverado H.S. – Las Vegas, Nevada

A member of the Scout 300 (at #253) and currently the 23rd ranked defensive end in the country, Graham had 72 tackles and 13.5 sacks en route to helping his team to their first ever undefeated (9-0) regular season and city championship. Graham has incredible speed off the line and it showed in his pursuit of the quarterback, recording a sack in eight of 10 games and nine sacks in a four-game span.

Graham has been tested at 350 pounds on the bench and 430 pounds on the squat.

Getting his first offer from UNLV, Graham has racked up 26 more offers (including Wisconsin) and has attracted plenty of attention from the west coach as well as the east coast. Recently, Graham listed his top four as USC, UCLA, Michigan and Virginia Tech.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Little to No Interest

Shelby Harris (three stars)

6-foot-4, 235 pounds

Mequon Homestead H.S. – Mequon, Wisconsin

Being close to home, not having to spend a lot of money to travel back home and having his mom close enough to come to his game was all enough to convince Shelby Harris that Wisconsin was right for me.

The state's defensive player of the year, the junior made 92 tackles, eight sacks, two fumble recoveries and one for a touchdown. At only 235 pounds, Harris projects that he'll defensive end for the Badgers.

Wisconsin was the first to offer Harris but Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Purdue all showed interest in Harris. Harris said that he might take some visits later in the year to see what else is out there but said that his only concern now is his studies, as he is no longer worrying about his recruitment.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Wisconsin Verbal

Clay Gosse (one star)

6-foot-4, 225 pounds

Appleton North H.S. – Appleton, Wisconsin

Of all the prospects in the state not yet offered by the Badgers, Gosse's name is either at or near the top of the list for the Badger coaches. He has already unofficially visited Wisconsin a couple times, as well as Northwestern.

Gosse will be one of the many kids at Wisconsin's camps this weekend and it's a good bet that, if he performs well, he'll receive an offer, which is what Gosse is waiting for.

Status: No Offered Scholarship – High Interest

Justin Juckem (one star)

6-foot-5, 245 pounds, 4.6 40-yard dash

Chilton H.S. – Chilton, Wisconsin

After suffering an oblique fracture that ended his junior season, Juckem is back to 100 percent, as his results in track (11.3 in the 100 meters and did a 23.0 in the 200) is stellar for a guy his size.

Army and Washington State have already extended an offer to the prospect, who runs a 4.6 40 time, benches 270 pounds and squats 420 pounds, but the offers don't expect to end there. In addition to the Badgers, Buffalo, Connecticut, Iowa and Michigan State have asked for film and the school has welcomed visitors from Michigan Tech, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois and Western Michigan.

Wisconsin's Bob Bostad has gone to Chilton to see and evaluate Juckem, but all the coach's eyes will be on him during camp, where Juckem can prove that his leg is fully healed and that he's worthy of a scholarship.

Status: No Offered Scholarship – High Interest

Also offered by Wisconsin:

Melvin Flowers (6-5, 245) Garfield Heights H.S. – Garfield Heights, Ohio – Ohio State Verbal

Kendric Johnson (6-4, 215) Palmetto H.S. – Palmetto, Florida

Brayden Burnett (6-3, 240) Carroll H.S. – Southlake, Texas

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