The 2018 Wisconsin Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative 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 7
Wisconsin Recruiting Class Overview
As always, it’s a recruit-to-a-type class that’s missing the superstars on a national scale that other championship-caliber programs get, but it’s still full of enough talent keep the machine going.
The Badgers were able to land a host of the better local talents, especially on the defensive side, but the offense isn’t getting a whole lot of help. What’s mainly missing is the offensive line – there’s almost nothing coming in to help the cause, after bringing in four good prospects last season.
There isn’t another Jonathan Taylor who’ll be special right out of the gate, but Nakia Watson is a good-looking runner out of Texas. Again, the defense is getting the attention, however …
The Wisconsin Class Is Heavy On (so far) …
The receiving corps is already really young and really promising – the top four wideouts last year were underclassmen – and now the passing game is getting a whole lot more help.
Four wide receivers are being brought in, with Aron Cruickshank out of Brooklyn the most promising of the bunch, but he’s also the smallest at a quick and wiry 5-10 and 170 pounds. This is a big group that can get physical and do what Badger receivers do,
The Star of the Wisconsin Class Is …
LB Jack Sanborn, 6-2, 220
Very smart and very active, he had Ivy League offers and was wanted by most of the Big Ten West. The Chicago native fits the Badger mold, with the toughness to play inside and the pass rushing ability to be a terror on the outside if needed. He’ll turn into a big-time playmaker once he adds a little more bulk.
The Wisconsin Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The defensive front could use a few reinforcements, but the secondary is the biggest concern with just one starter returning. D’Cota Dixon is a good one at safety, but the Badgers will rely on youth to fill in for Derrick Tindal at one corner spot and Nick Nelson – who left early for the next level – at the other.
Reggie Pearson out of Michigan, and Travian Blaylock out of Texas are the main defensive back prospects coming in – they committed relatively early in the process.