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National Signing Day 2014: Gary Andersen’s First Badgers Class Shaping to be Wisconsin’s Best Ever

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When Gary Andersen was hired over a year ago to take over as head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers, many qualities came with the man who completely turned around the Utah State football program. Recruiting just happens to be one of those qualities and on National Signing Day in a few short days we get to find out just what kind of class Andersen was able to assemble.

This may be his first class he can really call his own at Wisconsin, but it just might end up being the best class the program has ever seen.

Although there are no high-end five-star recruits that have committed to Wisconsin, the Badgers have been able to nab four four-star commits. Two of those have enrolled early in Madison, OT Jaden Gault and QB D.J. Gillins. Gault is the 13th best OT in his class according to 247Sports and is by far the top recruit in the state of Wisconsin.

And it’s not like the Badgers haven’t drawn attention from some top end players either. Five-star running back Joe Mixon and top-notch four-star athlete Jamil Kamara both had Wisconsin in their final three, with Mixon choosing the Oklahoma Sooners and Kamara the Virginia Cavaliers.

Currently 247Sports has the Badgers ranked fourth in the Big Ten and the 30th best class in the nation. Unless something drastic changes in Wisconsin’s favor, I don’t see them moving up much if at all. With that said, this is a pretty good class Andersen and company have assembled and a really encouraging sign of things to come.

Oh in case you were wondering how Bert, I mean Bret Bielema is doing at Arkansas recruiting-wise: he and the Razorbacks are ranked 31st in the nation, one spot behind Wisconsin.


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