Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Recruiting: Wisconsin

Today we will hop back on the recruiting trail and take a look at my seventh-ranked Big Ten class: the Wisconsin Badgers.

The Badgers were able to land a couple of key recruits who could make an immediate impact. The first of which being WR Kraig Appleton. Appleton was ranked by scout.com as the 19th best overall wide receiver prospect in this years crop of talent. He jumped up a few spots in ESPN's rankings, sitting nicely at number 15. He was also a ESPN Top 150 recruit. This was a big catch for Wisconsin as Appleton also got offers from such powerhouses as Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. Appleton has good size, 6'3, and seems to have shown good speed on both sides of the ball in high school. As judging by this clip:

Additionally, the UW players and coaches are high on Appleton's abilities:

Wisconsin's second most important recruit was also on the offensive side of the ball. That recruit is quarterback Jon Budmayr. Quarterback was a huge problem for the Badgers in 2008, and one of their focal points this offseason. QBs Dustin Sherer (1,389 yards 6 TDs - 5 INTs) and Allan Evridge (949 yards 5 TDs - 5 INTs) split time struggling through last season. Budmayr isn't going to be the answer to all of Wisky's problems, and will most likely have to wait in the wings, but he is a start. Budmayr was another big time recruit garnering attention and offers from such progams as Nebraska, Notre Dame, Arizona, and Illinois. But in the end, Budmayr decided the best fit for him was at Wisconsin. He may be slightly undersized at only 6 feet but ESPN seems high on him, ranking him the 16th best QB of the class. They also say that he could be cut of the Chase Daniel mold.
Wisky's ability to draw in two four star recruits and plenty of three star caliber players (11) places them seventh in my Big Ten rankings, just ahead of Purdue. They also addressed some key issues, and may have the receipe for more offensive firepower years down the road.
Photo from Scout.com

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