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The Badgers have a great early class that includes the top two players in their home state, and three other four-star commits.
Cleveland Heights four-star offensive tackle Kyle Dodson is athletic, big, and has great upside. There is little doubt that he will get the coaching he needs at Wisconsin too. This pick up was significant because Ohio State had just offered and it was widely believed that they were far and away the leader.
One that Got Away:
Wisconsin was one of the first to offer Rockford (Mich.) High offensive tackle Ben Braden. Braden was heavily considering Wisconsin, but chose Michigan.
Quarterback Bart Houston is one of the top four quarterbacks in the country, and was a great get for the Badgers to get a touted West Coast kid in early. He's a big, talented passer who could end up playing early in his career at Wisconsin.
Barrington (Ill.) guard Dan Voltz is also one of the nation's best at his position. 6'4, 290-lbs with a nasty demeanor and great technique, he has a great chance to be one of the next great Badger linemen.
Running back Vonte Jackson follows high school teammate Melvin Gordon to Madison. Jackson is not as much of a true tailback as Gordon, but he has legitimate low 4.4 speed and excellent open field ability. He could be a return man, a slot receiver and play a lot of roles. He is the state's second ranked player right now. The top ranked player, Vince Biegel committed to the Badgers despite family ties to BYU. He is a good sized kid who does well in coverage, which he showed us at the U.S. Army Junior Combine.
Cornerback Hugs Etienne is not the biggest, but has excellent feet and quickness. If he can add some weight and strength, he could be a steal because of his athleticism. Cornerback Reggie Mitchell is a little bit more of an unknown, but the Badgers uncovered him at camp, offered him (his first) and he wasted no time jumping on it. He has solid size and played all over the field lasat year.
The other Pennsylvania commit, defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg is a solid kid who the Badgers beat out some good schools, including home state Pittsburgh, for.
More offensive linemen are still likely. Jonah Pirsig at tackle and Kelby Latta at guard are the two most likely commits. Latta has the Badgers high on the list and Pirsig
has them in his top group. California product Kwayde Miller and Tacoma (Wash.) Baptist's Walker Willliams are two western kids who have Badger offers and are taking a look at them. Chicago Simeon (Ill.) five-star Jordan Diamond also has an interest and an offer.
A wide receiver is needed in the class. Leonte Carroo
has the Badgers at the top of his list, and Amara Darboh and Ian Thomas both still have the Badgers in consideration. Another Pennsylvania sleeper, Shakim Alonzo will give the Badgers a hard look in the fall. If none choose the Badgers, South Bend (Ind.) Washington's Gehrig Dieter had a good camp and covets an offer. He would likely commit if offered.
Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy DT Faith Ekakitie, a four-star prospect, is considering the Badgers and has taken a couple visits to Madison.
In the defensive backfield, D.J. Singleton and Demetrius Cox are two highly regarded kids who have Wisconsin still in consieration. There are others like Ruben Lile, Lucas Thompson and Jevon Tyree who are also possibilities, but are longer shots.