Updated Scholarship Chart: Wide Receivers

With Wisconsin and other teams from around the country set to offer more scholarship during the fall recruiting period, Badger Nation updates the scholarship chart for the class of 2009. Already getting a verbal from a talented Ohio wide out, Wisconsin is looking to add more depth at a very young position.

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2009 high school wide receivers that Wisconsin has shown legitimate interest in

Jeff Duckworth (two stars)

6-foot-0, 195 pounds

Princeton H.S. – Cincinnati, Ohio

After a two-day visit to Madison in late July to see the campus and Wisconsin's first-class facility, Duckworth, who was holding scholarship offers from Wisconsin and Indiana, was ready to be a Badger and gave Wisconsin its 11th verbal commitment for the class of 2009 and first commitment by a wide receiver.

Duckworth is a welcomed addition to a youthful Badger receiving unit. Catching 62 passes for 900 yards and seven touchdowns during his junior year, Duckworth runs solid routes with an intense physicality that will garner him many hard-fought first downs.

The Badgers have offered seven high school wide receivers from around the country scholarships and Duckworth is the first one to have accepted the Badgers' offer.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Wisconsin Verbal, July 21

Kraig Appleton (four star)

6-foot-3, 190 pounds, 4.4 40-yard time

East St. Louis Senior H.S. – East St. Louis, Illinois

Ranked the ninth-best wide receiver in the nation, East St Louis' Kraig Appleton is the highest-rated pass catcher the Badgers are after. Appleton's junior numbers included 42 completed passes, 900+ receiving yards, 21 yards per catch average and seven touchdowns.

Holding offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas State, LSU, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin, Appleton is planning to visit Oregon, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin to find out more about the schools.

Originally listing his top five as Illinois, Ohio State, LSU, Florida and Missouri, Appleton stated recently (May 1) that his top five schools are LSU, Ohio State, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. Appleton continues to be highly interested in Wisconsin even though the two schools haven't talked as much as he would like.

While his production and his athleticism has shown he's ready for the college game, Appleton is going to wait until after his senior season to commit to a school in hopes of getting more schools to pick from.

Appleton's affliction for Wisconsin seems to depend on the month. In early June, Appleton told Scout Media that his top three was LSU, Ohio State and Texas Tech. In July, however, he told Allen Wallace that he still is considering Illinois, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Stay tuned!

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to Low Interest

Uzoma Nwachukwu (four star)

6-foot-1, 186 pounds, 4.41 40-yard time

Allen H.S. – Allen, Texas

Uzoma Nwachuwku finished his junior season with 22 receptions for over 300 yards and seven touchdowns; one year after catching 37 passes for 617 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore.

Nwachuwku is athletic as they come: benching 320 pounds, squating 515 pounds, running a 21.3 in the 200m and registering 41 inches on his vertical jump.

Wisconsin was one of Nwachukwu's 30 scholarship offers but did not make his top three: which included Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

Wanting to commit to a school before his senior season, Nwachuwku decided to stay close to home and give the new coach Mike Sherman and the Aggies his verbal commitment, not a real big surprise.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Texas A&M Verbal

Justin Brown (four stars)

6-foot-4, 210 pounds, 4.48 40-yard time

Concord H.S. – Wilmington, Delaware

Not too often do you read about top-tier talent coming out of tiny Delaware. Of course, it is not often a talent like Wilmington's Justin Brown comes along either.

As a junior, Brown caught 19 passes for 556 yards (more than 25 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns. He was named first-team All-County at wide receiver, defensive back (where he also had 33 tackles and three interceptions) and punter. He was also named second-team All-State at wide receiver, first-team All-State at defensive back and third-team All-State as a punter.

Already has visited Maryland and Penn State, Brown has offers from Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Virginia, Boston College, Missouri, South Carolina, Oregon, LSU and North Carolina.

Brown doesn't claim leaders and commented that he is not planning on committing to a school anytime soon. However, Brown listed his seven schools of interest as North Carolina State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Penn State, Kentucky, South Carolina and Oregon.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Low Interest

Duwyce Wilson (four stars)

6-foot-4, 185 pounds

Columbus East H.S. – Columbus, Indiana

The fourth four-star recruit that Wisconsin has extended a scholarship offer to, Duwyce Wilson is certainly worthy of his rating, as well as being ranked the 26th-best wide out in the nation.

Last season, Wilson caught 48 passes for 961 yards and 12 touchdowns for Columbus East, leading the Olympians to an 11-2 record and a birth in the regional final.

Wisconsin was the first to offer Wilson, extending an offer at the end of March. Since then, Wilson has picked up offers from Cincinnati, Indiana and Iowa, as well as taking visits to Kentucky and Purdue and participating in the New Level 7-on-7 Passing Camp.

Since the last time we checked in with him, Wilson briefly visited Wisconsin and on the way home, stopped at Purdue where he picked up another scholarship offer. Wilson also had time over the summer to visit Iowa and Cincinnati, raising his scholarship offers up to five.

Like many anticipated, Wilson wanted to stay close to home and committed to Indiana at the beginning of July. In some ways, however, Wilson's commitment to Indiana made Jeff Duckworth's decision easier to make.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Indiana Verbal

Jordan Cotton (three star)

6-foot-1, 175 pounds, 4.5 40-yard time

Mount Pleasant H.S. – Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Played tailback his junior season, Jordan Cotton finishing with 1,472 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns but has the athleticism to play the wide receiver position, which is where he would most likely play in college.

Cotton holds offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Purdue and Wisconsin but, according to Scout's Allen Wallace, solidly favors Iowa over all his other offers, which comes at no surprise. Living just 45 minutes away from the Iowa campus, Cotton's father, Marshall, played for the Hawkeyes, Iowa was Jordan's boyhood favorite and they were the first school to offer him.

In a recent interview with Hawkeye Nation, Cotton listed Iowa as his No.1, Kansas his No.2 and then Colorado, Wisconsin and Iowa State. After a visit to Kansas, however, Cotton has narrowed his options to either the Hawkeyes or the Jayhawks.

Status: Offered Scholarship – No Interest

Keenan Davis (four stars)

6-foot-3, 195 pounds, 4.5 40-yard time

George Washington H.S. – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Much like his buddy Jordan Cotton, Keenan Davis has been hotly recruited by Iowa, Wisconsin and plenty of other teams in the Midwest. One of the elite receivers in the Midwest (ranked 13th by Scout), Davis has a complete package, bringing solid moves after the catch, great body control and gets himself in a good position to pull down the tough passes.

More importantly, his numbers continue to improve. After catching 36 passes for 585 yards and eight touchdowns his sophomore year, Davis caught 81 passes for roughly 1,160 yards and 12 scores last season.

Currently holding offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, Davis just recently limited his scholarship offers down to five: Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona State.

Status: Offered Scholarship – No Interest

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