Wisconsin Football: Class of 2015 Shaping Up Well for Badgers

Recruiting Class of 2015 Shaping Up Well for Gary Andersen and the Badgers

6/18/14 in NCAAF   |   zrastall   |   5 respect

Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen walks on the sidelines as the South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Badgers 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY SportsThough there is plenty of time left on the recruiting trail before the all the signings for each team for the class of 2015 are complete, Gary Andersen's Wisconsin Badgers’ recruiting class is shaping up to be potentially one of the program's best ever.
 
The Badgers have already gotten verbal commitments from 13 players, five of which have come since just last Thursday.
 
These commitments came from several players on unofficial visits to Madison during the Badgers’ annual camp for high school prospects.
 
Of all the recruits secured by Wisconsin last weekend, the biggest, both literally and figuratively, was offensive lineman Sam Madden, a four-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite rating system.
 
Madden, a 6-foot-7, 345-pound standout player from Barnegat, New Jersey, had also received offers from a number of schools besides Wisconsin, including South Carolina, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Virginia Tech, and others.
 
In addition to Madden, the Badgers also landed linebackers Nick Thomas and Chris Orr, wide receiver Brandyn Lee, and four-star defensive end Nate Howard within the last week.
 
These five players join the other eight that already committed to Wisconsin: offensive lineman Jon Dietzen, tight end Kyle Penniston, offensive lineman David Moorman, dual-threat quarterback Austin Kafentzis, wide receiver Andrew James, cornerback Takadrae Williams, defensive end David Pfaff, and cornerback X’zaviae Ausborne.
 
The latest 247Sports composite team recruiting rankings has Wisconsin’s class as the 18th best in the country and the second best in the Big Ten, behind only Penn State.
 
While things are far from settled in the recruiting process and those rankings are certainly subject to change, it is impressive that Andersen and his staff have assembled a class that is ranked ahead of historic Big Ten powerhouses Ohio State and Michigan, along with the defending conference champion Michigan State Spartans.
 
But just as impressive as the quality of players that the Badgers have gotten is where they have gotten them from.
 
Of the Badgers’ 13 commitments, three are from Texas, two from Wisconsin, Florida and California, and one from Michigan, Utah, Missouri, and New Jersey.
 
The fact that the highest number of their commitments are from Texas is especially surprising because Wisconsin hadn’t gotten a player from the Lone Star State since 2008.
 
Andersen and his staff have done a very admirable job of landing players of all across the nation, and it has resulted in what could end up being one of the best recruiting classes ever brought into Madison.
 
Of course there is still plenty of work to be done, and the Badgers still hope to land a few more highly-sought recruits such as four-star tight end David Edwards and four-star outside linebacker Osa Masina.
 
Wisconsin has done a great job thus far of bringing in recruits for 2015 at positions that were a high priority heading into the recruiting season, and this class has all the makings of one that will allow Andersen to really leave his footprint on the program.
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