Updated Scholarship Chart: Tight Ends

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 soon-to-be young position.

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

Brian Wozniak (three stars)

6-foot-5, 225 pounds

Loveland H.S. –Loveland, Ohio


With 14 scholarship offers to his name, Brian Wozniak was not satisfied with his offer list until his No.1 school finally pulled the trigger. When the Badgers offered the Loveland tight end, Wisconsin did not have to wait long for another member of its 2009 recruiting class.

Wozniak's offers included big-time programs Louisville, Maryland and Miami (OH) but Wozniak's visit to Madison for a spring practice and his relationship with new assistant coach Joe Rudolph was what sealed the deal for him and his recruitment.

As a junior, Wozniak made 22 receptions for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Although his numbers weren't astronomical, Wozniak (who also plays basketball) brings his two-sport ability to the football field, as he is able to go up, get the ball and gain positive yards after the catch.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Wisconsin Verbal, June 25

Brock DeCicco (four stars)

6-foot-5, 227 pounds, 4.75 40-yard time

Thomas Jefferson H.S. – Clairton, Pennsylvania


At 6-foot-5, 227 pounds, Brock DeCicco isn't built like a tight end. His numbers and versatility he showcased last season, however, proved otherwise that he can be effective at the end position. DeCicco caught 19 passes for 390 yards and six touchdowns his junior season but was more than just an offense threat. On defense, he was a speedster off the edge, recording 12 sacks on his way to earning first team all-conference and second team all-state honors.

Off the field, DeCicco was solid on the hardwood, averaging 16 points per game and 12 rebounds per game, earning another first-team all-conference award.

Although ranked the eighth-best tight end in the nation, not to many people away from the East Coast have heard of Thomas Jefferson tight end Brock DeCicco. Thanks to former Pittsburgh assistant coach Charlie Partridge, the Badgers have been stepping up their recruiting efforts on DeCicco since late spring.

DeCicco is planning a trip to Madison this Saturday and said that his top four are between Pittsburgh, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. With currently 20 scholarship offers, the Badgers are still very much in the mix and will have an opportunity to impress DeCicco this weekend.

Status: No Scholarship – Medium Interest

Ra'shede Hageman (three stars)

6-foot-6, 250 pounds

Washburn Senior H.S. – Minneapolis, Minnesota


After a solid sophomore campaign, where he caught 24 passes for 506 yards and five touchdowns, Ra'Shede Hageman already has a Twin Cities championship under his belt, helping his team with three catches for 145 yards and one score. One year later, he is still contributing for Washburn Senior.

Catching 19 passes for 547 yards and 12 touchdowns his junior year, Hageman continues to put up solid numbers on the field. Playing both tight end and defensive end in high school, Hageman is being recruited at both positions but wants to play tight end at the next level.

Holding scholarship offers from Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, the Gophers were the first to offer and have been recruiting him the hardest. According to Hageman, however, Wisconsin is high on his list, as he has attended Badger games and visited Madison a couple of times.

Since we last checked, Hageman visited Ohio State and came away very impressed with the school's facilities and the tradition encapsulated around the program. Currently, Hageman still has no time table to make his decision.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium to High Interest

Kyle Weber (three stars)

6-foot-6, 249 pounds, 4.6 40-yard dash

Joliet Junior College. – Joliet, Illinois

A converted wide receiver, Weber comes from the same school as 2008 Wisconsin recruit Dan Moore. Hauling in 18 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns during his freshman year for Joliet, Weber is an animal in the weight room, registering a leg press of over 650 pounds and benching 350 pounds.

Those traits have already garnered scholarship offers from Northern Illinois and Toledo and, according to Weber, have gotten continuous mail and calls from personnel at Ball State, Central Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

Status: No Scholarship – Medium Interest


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