2017 Wisconsin Badgers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Wisconsin Badgers Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Wisconsin Badgers Recruiting Class Overview
The best of the recruit-to-a-type programs, Wisconsin is doing it again. Is it getting a slew of four-and-five-star types? They’re barely getting any, but that hasn’t mattered in the past for the Big Ten powerhouse. The last few recruiting classes have been big and talented, but this one doesn’t have a whole lot to get excited about. Again, that doesn’t matter considering the massive success the program has had, but for a team without and receiving talent, did it load up on dangerous targets? Nah. You’d think that every top running back prospect and offensive tackle would want in, but not really. Just assume that these prospects will eventually work out.
The Wisconsin Badgers Class Is Heavy On …
Offensive linemen. The team really, really needs receivers Emmet Perry and Jake Ferguson to become factors sooner than later, and Jonathan Taylor is a potential star running back, but it’s the line that’s getting the most help for three years down the road. Kayden Lyles will eventually be a killer at guard or right tackle, Logan Bruss will be solid for the interior once he adds 50 pounds, and Tyler Beach has the make-up of yet another great Badger offensive tackle.
The Star of the Wisconsin Badgers Class Is …
OG Kayden Lyles, 6-3, 300, Middleton, WI – He might not have the length to be a top offensive tackle, but he’s a bulky blaster of a blocker who fits the Badger rushing style perfectly. He’s got the feet to play on the outside, and he could see time at right tackle if needed, but give him a few years, and he’ll be a key rock to work behind.
The Wisconsin Badgers Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Outside linebacker. The running back eggs will be put in the Bradrick Shaw and Taiwan Deal basket, and it would be nice if a dangerous wide receiver could emerge from the pack, but the biggest concern early on will be to find replacements on the outside of the 3-4 defense to replace Vince Biegel and T.J. Watt. These two were killers into the backfield – they were the team’s top two sackers. The defensive style helps makes stars out of the outside linebackers, but Watt and Biegel were special.