After a very eventful weekend where they received oral commitments from four different players, the Wisconsin Badgers kept the ball rolling by securing another pair of recruits on Wednesday.
Gary Andersen and the Badgers received their first good news of the day from David Edwards, a four-star tight end from Downers Grove, Illinois.
Edwards, the No. 28 athlete in the country and the fifth-best recruit from the state of Illinois according to 247Sports, didn’t take long to make a decision after visiting Madison for a fourth time last Sunday, taking to Twitter to announce his commitment.
— David Edwards (@SilkyD8) June 18, 2014
Listed at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, Edwards is a very versatile player who actually has played at quarterback for Downers Grove North High School. Though some schools reportedly saw him as a potential offensive tackle, he’s expected to play at tight end for the Badgers.
Though he needs some polishing at the position, Edwards has good size and is expected to be a formidable offensive weapon. Scout.com has him as the top-ranked prospect from Illinois and the No. 6 tight end in the country for 2015. He becomes Wisconsin’s second tight end commitment for 2015, joining Kyle Penniston.
In addition to UW, Edwards also received offers from Illinois, Iowa, Syracuse, Indiana, Iowa State, and Vanderbilt.
The verbal from the highly regarded Edwards was one of the biggest for the Badgers thus far for 2015, but that wouldn’t be the end of recruiting news for the day.
Outside linebacker Mohamed Barry followed up Edwards’ commitment by announcing that he too will be headed to Madison.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Barry, a three-star prospect from Loganville, Georgia, is the No. 81 linebacker in the country according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He also received offers from Syracuse, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, and South Florida, among others.
Barry not only provides a boost to the Badgers’ linebacking core, but may help them on the recruiting trail as well.
According to BadgerNation writer Brice Marich, Barry plans on trying to persuade three-star Georgia cornerback to join him in Madison.
— Brice Marich (@BriceMarich) June 19, 2014
Whether or not he will be successful in this endeavor remains to be seen, but there’s no question that Wisconsin has been red hot on the recruiting trail as of late.
The Badgers now have 15 commitments from 10 different states for the class of 2015, nine of which have come in the month of June. As a result, they have seen a spike in their class’ overall ranking, both Big Ten and nationally.
UW will have to keep the momentum going if their recruiting class is going to maintain such a lofty ranking, but they certainly appear to be more than capable of getting players from all over the country to come to Madison.