Introducing the 2003 UW Football Recruiting Class

Here is the official Wisconsin football recruiting class, including walk-ons. There will be more walk-ons added to the list in the future, but this is the complete list available this evening.


RB/DB, 6-1, 220
Barron, Wis.
Barron High

Two-time football team MVP … captained football and basketball teams his senior year … earned football all-region and all-conference honors as senior … rushed for 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns in 11-game career … led conference in rushing as a junior with 1,250 yards and 12 TDs on his way to all-region honors … top-ranked male (academically) and No. 2 overall student in his class … two-year National Honor Society member … coached at Barron High by Ken Mueller … parents are Bill and Shelly Balts … born Aug. 12, 1984.

OL, 6-6, 305
Plymouth, Minn.
Wayzata High

Ranked among top 75 players in Midwest and top five players in Minnesota by … rated among top 55 players in Midwest by SuperPrep … captained football team his senior year when he earned first-team all-conference, all-metro and all-state honors … all-conference in football as a junior … lettered in wrestling, track and football as a prep … undefeated JV wrestler as a sophomore and won ninth grade state wrestling title as freshman … coached by Brad Anderson at Wayzata High … parents are Roger Coleman and Joan Grossman … father played football at Illinois (1973-74) … born Nov. 17, 1984.

TE/DE, 6-4, 210
St. Louis, Mo.
Hazelwood East High

Ranked among top 90 players in Midlands and top 10 players in Missouri according to … PrepStar All-American … all-state defensive end who earned all-conference honors as a senior at defensive end and tight end … team captain and MVP his senior season … registered 507 receiving yards, 78 tackles and seven QB sacks as a senior … also played basketball as a prep … coached by Corey Johnson at Hazelwood East High, the same school that produced former Badgers Terrell and Jamar Fletcher and current Badgers Scott Starks and Brandon Williams … parents are James Cooper and JoAnn Gill … born July 14, 1985.

P, 6-2, 195
Suamico, Wis.
Bay Port High

Honorable mention all-state in 2002 … first-team all-area as punter in 2002 and first-team all-area kicker in 2001 … first-team all-conference punter and kicker, as well as receiver his senior year … career 44.3-yard punting average and caught 27 passes for 470 yards and seven TDs … scored 50 points (six TDs plus field goals and PATs) as a senior … three-time letterwinner in football, basketball and baseball … second-team all-conference pitcher as a junior … basketball team captain as a senior … coached by Mike Williquette at Bay Port High … National Honor Society member and honor roll student … parents are Steven and Jean DeBauche … born Sept. 26, 1984.

QB, 6-1, 176
Hartland, Wis.
Arrowhead High

Ranked among top 25 players in Midwest and No. 2 player in Wisconsin by … listed among top 15 players in Midwest by SuperPrep … senior year honors included: PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American, Associated Press state player of the year, first-team all-state acclaim from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and first-team all-area and all-conference kudos … honorable mention all-state and first-team all-area as a junior … a Preps Plus student-athlete and member of Principal's Advisory Committee … completed 99-171 passes for 1,650 yards and 16 TDs, as well as rushing for 455 yards on just 45 carries his senior year … team was state Division I runner-up in 2002 … lettered in football, basketball, track and baseball … coached at Arrowhead High by Tom Taraska … parents are Brenda and Brian Donovan … uncle, Corey Block, played basketball at UW-LaCrosse (1986-89) … born June 4, 1984.

WR/DB, 6-5, 195
Cross Plains, Wis.
Middleton High

Honorable mention all-conference selection as defensive back and wide receiver his senior year … first-team all-area and all-conference DB as a junior … earned Honorary Award for Performance and Leadership Excellence in football, as well as football award for academic excellence … participated in more than 1,100 plays his senior year while making 42 receptions and 79 tackles, along with 11 pass breakups and four interceptions … lettered in football, basketball and baseball … captained football and basketball teams … National Honor Society … coached at Middleton High by Kurt Gundlach … parents are Jan and Rita Hogan … father played baseball at Madison Area Technical College in 1974-75 … born Feb. 2, 1985.

DB, 6-2, 200
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Kealakehe High

Second-team all-state and first-team all-conference selection as linebacker his senior year … two-time team MVP … named team's "most inspirational" and best all-around player … career statistics included 134 tackles, four QB sacks, seven interceptions (two returned for TDs), two blocked punts, four blocked field goals, 1,653 receiving yards and 38 TDs … also faked five punts for 312 yards … had 102 tackles, two interceptions, a 96-yard kickoff return, 597 receiving yards and 15 TDs as a senior … four-time team captain and two-time team MVP … lettered in football, basketball and track … honor roll student who had highest GPA on football team … listed hobbies include chess, rugby, hula, fire-dancing, surfing, body boarding, hunting, diving and fishing … coached by Sam Papalili at Kealakehe High … parents are Solomon and Lorraine Kamoku … born Feb. 5, 1985.

OL, 6-8, 285
New Berlin, Wis.
Eisenhower High

Listed among top 40 players in Midwest by SuperPrep … ranked among top 50 players in Midwest, top 30 tight ends nationally and top five players in Wisconsin by … PrepStar all-region selection … captained football team as a senior while earning All-America and All-Midwest honors … three-time all-conference choice in football … helped lead team to 2002 conference title and into state Division 3 quarterfinals in 2001 and 2002 … career statistics included 328 tackles (44 TFLs and 24 QB sacks) and 12 forced fumbles … played on offensive line that paved the way for three straight 1,000-yard rushers … four-year basketball letterwinner who was team MVP and all-conference selection as a junior when he helped lead team to state regional title … played varsity hoops as a freshman … coached by Jeff Setz at New Berlin's Eisenhower High … parents are Robert Kaye and Donna Ohm … born Sept. 6, 1984.

LB, 6-4, 220
Bedford, Ohio
Bedford High

Listed among top 85 players in Midwest by SuperPrep … ranked among top 45 outside linebackers nationally by … rated No. 2 linebacker in Ohio by Bill Kurelic and No. 6 athlete in the Midwest by Student Sports his senior year … 2002 state finalist for Wendy's High School Heisman … National Honor Society member … football team captain as junior and senior … career prep totals include 1,300 all-purpose yards, 150 tackles, four interceptions and five forced fumbles … rushed for 500 yards, made 60 tackles, forced three fumbles and registered one interception as a senior … 350 yards rushing and 40 tackles as a junior … lettered in football, baseball and track … coached by Jim Hodakeovic at Bedford High … same high school that produced former Badger Chris Chambers (now with Miami Dolphins) and current Badgers Lee Evans and Dontez Sanders … parents are Bennie and Lucretia Kelly … born Feb. 23, 1985.

OL, 6-4, 295
Stratford, Wis.
Stratford High

Ranked among top 40 offensive tackles in the nation, top 85 players in the Midwest and top four players in Wisconsin by … listed among top 25 interior linemen nationally by Tom Lemming … PrepStar all-region selection … named state's offensive player of the year by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association … first-team all-state selection by Associated Press and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2002 … two-time Marawood Conference lineman of the year … team captain and MVP his senior year … 99 total tackles, including four QB sacks and five TFLs, along with three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2002 … four-year honor roll student and member of National Honor Society … lettered in football, track and basketball … coached by Cal Tackes at Stratford High … parents are Thomas and Carol Knauf … born March 13, 1984.

WR, 6-0, 180
Fort Worth, Texas
Dunbar High

One of top 50 players in the Southwest according to Superprep … listed by as one of the top 55 cornerbacks in the nation and one of the top 80 players in Texas … played for West team in 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … PrepStar all-region selection … honorable mention 4A all-state choice … district offensive MVP as a senior … career totals included 40 receptions, 17 touchdowns, four interceptions and 1,744 all-purpose yards … had four rushing TDs, 11 receiving TDs and returned two kickoffs for scores … team captain and team MVP as a senior … participated on track team that twice finished third in state in 4-by-400 … lettered in football, baseball and track … coached by Bob Jones at Dunbar High (Jones played football for Badger head coach Barry Alvarez at Lexington (Neb.) High) … prep teammate of fellow UW recruit Michael Turner … parents are Ernest and Brenda Mason … born March 25, 1985.

DL, 6-5, 255
Portage, Wis.
Portage High

Senior year honors included: Parade All-American, Wisconsin Football Coaches Association co-defensive player of the year (with fellow UW recruit Joe Thomas), Gatorade state player of the year, unanimous first-team all-state selection, PrepStar Eastbay Top 100 Dream Team, SuperPrep All-America team, Tom Lemming's national Top 100 list,'s national The Rivals 100 list … ranked as No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation by Tom Lemming … No. 2 defensive end in the nation, No. 4 player in the Midwest and No. 1 player in Wisconsin according to … four-time all-conference and all-region choice in football … team captain and MVP in 2002 … career statistics include 318 total tackles, 30 QB sacks, 28 TFLs, one interception and a TD … had 108 tackles, 14 QB sacks and 15 TFLs his senior year … four-year letterwinner in basketball and was first-team all-conference in hoops as a sophomore and junior … earned two track letters and one baseball letter … second-team all-conference baseball player as a sophomore … coached by Jeff Wiessinger at Portage High … parents are Jim and Kim Ostrowski … born Sept. 14, 1984.

DB, 6-2, 185
Stone Mountain, Ga.
Stephenson High

Listed among top 40 safeties in the nation and players in Georgia by … Class 5A honorable mention all-state choice by Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2002 … two-year team captain and MVP as a senior … 261 career tackles, along with 13 interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four touchdowns … five interceptions and three TDs his senior year … lettered in track, football and wrestling … two-time honor roll student … coached by Ron Gartrell at Stephenson High … parents are Roy and Althea Rogers … born Sept. 7, 1984.

OL, 6-5, 305
Plymouth, Minn.
Wayzata High

Two-time all-conference selection … three-time football and two-time track letterwinner … coached at Wayzata High by Brad Anderson … parents are Dwight and Gayle Roscoe … born May 5, 1985.

WR, 6-0, 185
Fennimore, Wis.
Fennimore High

PrepStar all-region selection … two-time all-state selection by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association … twice named first-team all-conference and all-area … career statistics included 121 receptions, 2,234 yards and 26 touchdowns, along with 18 interceptions … had 72 catches, 1,443 yards, 17 TDs and 10 interceptions as a junior … also lettered in track, basketball and baseball … captained football and basketball teams … earned team MVP honors in football and track … two-time all-conference selection in hoops … two-time conference long jump champion, who also won track titles in 100-meter dash, 300 intermediate hurdles and 200-meter dash as a junior … coached at Fennimore High by Tom Uecker … National Honor Society member … Who's Who Among High School Students … parents are Scott and Chris Swan … born Sept. 5, 1984.

TE, 6-8, 260
Brookfield, Wis.
Central High

No. 4 offensive tackle in the nation according to Tom Lemming … among top 20 offensive tackles nationally, top 25 players in the Midwest and No. 3 player in Wisconsin according to … Prep Star All-American … second-team All-America offensive tackle according to USA Today … member of Detroit Free Press All-Midwest team … Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first-team all-state defensive lineman and second-team all-state offensive tackle as a senior … also first-team all-state honors at DE from Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and Associated Press … WFCA 2002 Defensive Player of the Year with fellow UW recruit Justin Ostrowski … 85 tackles and 12 QB sacks as a senior and 70 tackles and eight sacks as a junior … three-time all-conference selection … four-year letterwinner in football, track and basketball … captained football and basketball team his senior year … finished fifth in nationals in shot put as a junior … all-conference, all-area and all-state selection in shot put and discus … four-year honor roll student … U.S. Army Academic All-America team … coached in football by Rick Synold at Brookfield Central High … parents are Eric and Sally Thomas … born Dec. 4, 1984.

WR, 6-5, 215
Chicago, Ill.
Thornton High
Tabbed as one of top 80 receivers nationally and one of top 20 players in Illinois by … PrepStar all-region choice … all-area selection as a senior … team captain as a junior and senior … career totals include 2,741 yards and 26 touchdowns … career highs of 982 yards and 11 TDs his senior year … coached at Thornton High by William Mosel … mother is Loyola Moore … born Sept. 12, 1984.

RB, 5-10, 185
Fort Worth, Texas
Dunbar High

PrepStar All-American … rated as No. 4 all-purpose back in nation, No. 26 player in Texas and No. 36 player in Midlands according to … among top 60 players in Texas according to SuperPrep … first-team 4A all-state team by Associated Press and second-team all-state by Texas sportswriters his senior year … two-time district offensive MVP … three-time, first-team all-district choice … team captain his senior year … career totals included 4,770 rushing yards (9.1-yard average) and 60 touchdowns … also returned kicks and punts … rushed for 1,964 yards and 27 TDs as a senior in 2002 … played strong safety on defense … lettered in football and track … member of 4-by-400 relay team that finished third at state meet in 2001 and had fastest time in the nation (3:12) … homecoming king … coached by Bob Jones at Dunbar High (Jones played football for Badger head coach Barry Alvarez at Lexington (Neb.) High) … prep teammate of fellow UW recruit Ernest Mason … mother's name is Barbara Turner … born May 1, 1984.

OL, 6-7, 295
Somerset, Wis.
Somerset High

Honorable mention all-state choice as a senior by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association … three-time all-conference selection … career statistics included 80 tackles, five QB sacks and seven TFLs … football team captain as a senior … three-year letterwinner in football, basketball and track … coached at Somerset High by Bruce Larson … National Honor Society member … parents are Mike and Karen Van Someren … born Oct. 6, 1984.

TE, 6-4, 243
Spring, Texas
Klein Oak High

PrepStar all-region choice … rated among top 40 strongside defensive ends nationally and one of top 100 players in Texas by … made 10 catches for 197 yards and one TD his senior year … 30 tackles, including eight TFLs, as a junior … lettered in football and basketball … two-time team hoops MVP and second-team all-district as a junior on the hardwood … coached at Klein Oak High by David Smith … parents are Kevin and Wilma Ware … brother Kevin Jr. played football at Washington from 1999-02 … born Feb. 17, 1985.

OL, 6-6, 305
Harrison, N.Y.
Harrison High

SuperPrep All-American and second-ranked player in New York … PrepStar Dream Team … rated one of top 70 offensive tackles in the nation and one of top 100 players in the Atlantic region by … two-time first-team all-state selection by New York State Sportswriters Association … also twice named all-county and three-time all-conference choice … played on state championship teams as a freshman and senior and earned game defensive MVP honor in 2002 … member of New York's Golden 50 team … team captain and MVP his senior year … two-way starter his last three years of football … he's the winningest player in school history (teams were 40-5 during his career) … four-year letterwinner in both football and golf … also earned one basketball letter … three-time all-conference golfer … a seven-handicap golfer … wrote weekly "player's diary" for local newspaper … coached at Harrison High by Art Troilo Jr. … parents are Bob and Nancy Weininger … born May 1, 1985.

DB, 6-2, 202
Pearland, Texas
Pearland High

PrepStar honorable mention all-region selection … career prep totals include 51 receptions for 948 yards, 165 tackles, six interceptions and five touchdowns … second-team all-district wide receiver and honorable mention all-district defensive back as a senior … captained team his senior year when he caught 22 passes for 462 yards and registered 75 tackles and two interceptions … made 16 catches for 246 yards and notched 50 tackles and three interceptions as a junior … earned four letters in track, three in football and two in basketball … first-team all-district guard for basketball team as a junior … district high jump champion his junior year when he was a regional qualifier in the high and triple jump … qualified for regionals in high, triple and long jump as sophomore and was district triple jump champion that year … coached by Tony Heath at Pearland High … parents are Johnny and Beverly White … born June 23, 1985.

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