For many college football fans the offseason is almost as exciting as the regular season. That is because for powerhouse football programs, the competition never ends — especially in recruiting. Gary Andersen is entering his second season as the Badgers’ head coach and he is putting together one hell of a recruiting class. Every few days there seems to be another exciting announcement or two.
The 2015 class now sits at 15 total players and it’s only June. Just imagine what this class could look like by January.
Here are the 15 commits and their awarded stars according to Rivals.com.
X’zavien Ausborne DB 5-10/170 — 2-Star
Mohamed Barry LB 6-1/210 — 3-Star
Jon Dietzen OL 6-5/334 — 3-Star
David Edwards ATH 6-6/225 — 3-Star
Nate Howard DE 6-5/220 — N/A
Andrew James WR 5-10/161 — 3-Star
Austin Kafentzis QB 6-1/194 — 3-Star
Brandyn Lee WR 6-0/168 — N/A
Sam Madden OL 6-7/328 — 4-Star
David Moorman OL 6-5/291 — 3-Star
Chris Orr LB 6-0/207 — N/A
Kyle Penniston TE 6-4/232 — 4-Star
David Pfaff DE 6-1/243 — 2-Star
Nick Thomas LB 6-1/218 — N/A
Takadrae Williams DB 6-1/175 — 2-Star
It should be noted that on various sites, including Rivals.com, 247sports.com and others, Jon Dietzen, Austin Kafentzis, David Moorman and David Edwards have all been ranked as four-star athletes as well.
Three Most Exciting 2015 Commits:
Kyle Penniston TE: A prospect simply doesn’t get more exciting than Penniston. He’s a rare breed of size, speed and pass catching ability. In the open field he will be a nightmare for all other Big Ten defenses. Wisconsin has an amazing lineage at tight end, look for it to continue with Penniston. He has offers from defending national champion Florida State, Oklahoma, Miami and Louisville. Now that’s quite a list.
Austin Kafentzis QB: Many outlets have Kafentzis listed as a 4-star talent. He is one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks and by all accounts, has an absolute rocket for an arm. He comes from Utah, Andersen’s old stomping grounds and has offers from BYU, Utah and Utah State…essentially offers from every division one school that has seen him play in person.
Andrew James WR: The speedy Florida receiver could be a huge pickup for Wisconsin in the coming years. I find him vastly underrated. He was showered in offers from mid to low-level programs but Wisconsin was the only “big boy” to offer him. I predict fellow Florida product DJ Gillins will be throwing the ball to James quite a bit in the future.
Lineman U Is Reloading:
Wisconsin is known as one of the top, if not the top, lineman producing schools in the nation. It’s safe to say that will continue for quite some time. The Badgers landed the dairy state’s top prospect, Dietzen, as well as one of Michigan’s top prospects David Moorman. On top of that, Sam Madden is from New Jersey, the same state as Corey Clement — burgeoning pipeline? Between the three offensive linemen they had offers from Miami, Louisville, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, as well as Nebraska, Michigan State and Minnesota in the Big Ten.
The Badgers are constantly one of the top rushing schools in the nation every year. That success first and foremost depends on the linemen. So Wisconsin fans that want to keep seeing the Badgers own the ground game, the 2015 commitment list must be a welcoming site.
The best part is, this commitment list has seven more months to grow!