MADISON, WI (WSAU) Wisconsin’s 19-member football recruiting class is getting mixed reviews from the national scouting services. Scout-Dot-Com said the Badger recruits were the fourth-best in the Big Ten, and the 37th among Bowl Subdivision schools. Rivals-Dot-Com ranked the Wisconsin class as second-to-last in the conference, and 56th in the country.
New coach Gary Andersen has had a month-and-a-half to shore up the Wisconsin Class-of-2013, after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas in December. Andersen says his goal is to maintain the big fronts on both offense-and-defense that pave the way for Wisconsin’s solid running game and pass-rushing.
Six of the 17 scholarship players signed national letters-of-intent yesterday – including tight end T-J Watt from Pewaukee, the third member of his famous family to play for the Badgers in recent years.
The state’s other recruits include standout defensive ends Chikwe Obasih from Brookfield Central and Alec James from Brookfield East and OL Hayden Biegel from Wisconsin Rapids.
The Badgers will have up to six quarterbacks on the fall roster. They include junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy from New Jersey. Andersen said he’s looking to create a real competition at that spot.