The 2014 recruiting cycle is nearing it’s end and teams are frantically looking to add those last few pieces to their class before National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
As far as the Badgers go, do you want the good news or the unsettling news first?
Good news it is.
After a huge Friday, where the Badgers secured four big-time recruits to their 2014 class they received more good news as the weekend went on.
Wisconsin has successfully filled another position that it had been seeking for quite some time, tight end, although the Badgers aren’t filling the position with a scholarship.
Sam Eckert, six-foot-four tight end from East Troy Wisconsin, has accepted a preferred walk-on role with the team. Eckert has decent size at 210 lbs and will certainly have time to bulk up as he looks to earn a scholarship over the next couple years. He had an offer from Colgate but knew Wisconsin was the place for him not only because he loves the school but because of the timing.
“Because I’ll likely be the only tight end, coach Genyk said when we were talking about this really nice opportunity that I have,” said Eckert, “He wants me to put on some weight and said that I’m in a nice situation where they aren’t bringing in any other tight ends. so I can earn a spot easier and a scholarship easier if I work my butt off.”
You have to love a kid with an attitude like that, and he should have that attitude because Wisconsin has an extensive history of walk-ons turned in scholarship receiving team captains. Could he be the next one?
Now onto the the unsettling news…
Four-Star DT Craig Evans, who has been a very soft commit for months, was reportedly in East Lansing, MI, over the weekend visiting Michigan State.
Evans, one of the cornerstones of this recruiting class, has never been a firm commit. He once completely opened his recruitment before giving the Badgers his verbal commitment yet again.
The coveted six-foot-two DT weighs in at 310 lbs and played his high school ball at Sun Prairie High School in Sun Prairie, WI. Scout.com has Evans listed as the 16th best DT in the nation; others have him ranked even higher.
Evans has received offers from Notre Dame, Nebraska, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Mississippi and Michigan State; which is currently trying to get him to flip.
With National Signing Day just around the corner maybe Evans is just trying to appease his curiosity with this visit but if he would flip to Sparty it would be a monumental loss to Bucky’s recruiting class and self-esteem. Evans has admitted that he almost committed last time he visited Michigan State.
Lets hope the Wisconsin product stays home and comes into Madison ready to compete for playing time as a freshman. He is that type of player, a definite difference maker.
We’ll cross our fingers and see what happens in the coming days, check back here at Badger of Honor for the latest news on Evans and any other recruiting news that breaks.