Notes: UW High School Camp One

Wisconsin opened its doors to in-state and out-of-state prospects Sunday through Tuesday for the Badgers' first high school summer camp. The Badger Nation staff offers its observations.


Jacob Rudock - In two days working out with Offensive Coordinator Paul Chryst, Rudock looks every bit like the real deal. Chryst and him spent a lot of time together working on mechanics and just general teaching points. His throws were crisp, his reads were accurate and his timing was good with a lot of the future UW tight ends. He certainly made his presence known Sunday-Monday.

Jacoby Brissett – Amazing is the word that comes to mind when watching Brissett throw the football. Brissett uncorked a number of tight spirals that were on point and on target. Watching him throw with a D-III college quarterback coach, he lauded Brissett's fluid arm motion and his release point. Brissett made a number of touchdown throws during 7-on-7 drills that made Chryst nearly jump out of his shoes with excitement. Imagine what happens if he commits.

Joel Stave – A big 6-foot-5 prospect, Stave has a quick drop step and unloads the ball the second the receiver becomes open. The only problem is that he doesn't always know where it's going as some of his throws missed the mark. Stave has the makings of a D-I quarterback.

Brandon Cowie – An up-and-coming pocket passer from West Bend West, Cowie is very raw but made many good throws in 7-on-7 drills Tuesday. Cowie has a good drop and has the makings of a Division 2 or low Division 1 athlete.

Running Backs

Vonte Jackson - Kenosha Bradford has found its next speedster in the backfield. Jackson, we're told, ran a sub 4.4 40-yard dash and showed some of that quickness in drills Tuesday. Jackson – a 2012 recruit - is only about 165 pounds, so he needs to add some weight to his frame. Still, Jackson's speed is his biggest asset and will certainly get him some looks heading into next season.

Wide Receivers

Jesstin Hamm – Loved how this Maryland recruit runs his routes and how he attacks the defense. Hamm doesn't have any offers, but has already had successful camps at Wake Forest and Duke. Hamm made a lot of nice catches with his 6-foot-3 frame.

Nick Templeton – Not much is known about this 2012 Georgia wide out. That probably won't be the case for long. Templeton does a lot of nice things on the field with the way he jumps off the line and the way he turns to find the ball during his route running.

Tight End

Nick O'Leary - A big body that runs fluid, has great hands and simply catches everything that comes his way, O'Leary was probably the top athlete during the camp. Combined with Brissett, the two teammates from Dwyer High were an unstoppable tandem, having near perfect timing on all of their routes and simply having the trust factor. O'Leary doesn't have UW in his top four, but it'll be interesting to see if his visit swayed his perception.

Austin Maly – The third commit in UW's 2011 class, Maly was the best blocker of the group, a big achievement considering some of the talent that was thrown against him in one-on-one drills Tuesday. Maly is improving as a player, catching some touch passes that were set up after running good routes, but needs to add some weight to his skinny frame and be more consistent. Still, Maly's blocking skills will take him a long way.

Sam Arneson – The second commit in UW's 2011 class, Arneson is the opposite of Maly. Arneson uses his good size and frame to be aggressive in his routes and out jumping the linebackers and out muscling players for the ball. The thing that Arneson needs to work on is his blocking. Whether it was the muggy temperatures Tuesday, Arneson struggled in one-on-one drills. Under Joe Rudolph's watchful eye, Arneson will be finally tuned.

Eric Steffes – The fourth commit in UW's 2011 class, the big thing to like about Steffes is his versatility. In three days, he worked at tight end, fullback and defensive end and looked solid in all three areas. He has great agility and athletic ability that fans should be excited about.

Defensive Line

Mark Scarpinato – The track season took some meat off Scarpinato's bones, but still was in the 260-265 pound range and packed some punch. His quickness off the line caught some other prospects off guard, automatically giving him the advantage. He is quick with his hands and a physical presence. Scarpinato is definitely worthy of a UW offer.


Jake Keefer - The first commit for the 2011 UW class, it was easy to see that Keefer has emerged as the leader. Keefer was continuously talking to players off the field, directing traffic on the field and spending plenty of time with UW's three other commits. Keefer has decent size, solid athleticism, good speed and a great attitude, things that can make him one of top players in this class.

Derek Watt – The younger brother of UW defensive tackle J.J. Watt, Watt is another player that is worthy of a UW offer. He looked superb in tackling drills and received many compliments from Defensive Coordinator Dave Doeren. He looked good in blocking drills with the UW commits under the direction of Rudolph. He looked really good during 7-on-7 sessions, able to make quick breaks on the ball and create a touch of chaos in the secondary.

Benjamin Worgull and Elliott Callahan contributed to this report

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