The Wisconsin Football program is built on offensive linemen.
There’s a lot of buzz, and rightfully so, for the class of 2019 that Paul Chryst has been putting together. Headlined by 5-star offensive lineman Logan Brown and 4-star quarterback Graham Mertz, joined by recently committed 4-star defensive lineman Rodas Johnson, there’s a lot to be excited about. But that’s not where our focus is today.
The class is headed by Trey Wedig and Jack Nelson, two 4-star linemen from the state of Wisconsin, and the two best players in the state, according to 247’s Composite ratings. It’s only right the Badgers locked those two down and received commitments early on. Their recruiting will likely heat up as their senior seasons approach, but they’ll be difficult to pry away from their home state team.
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Two 3-star offensive linemen, Dylan Barrett and Ben Barten, have also pledged to Wisconsin in the class of 2020.
Just as we usher out one of the most accomplished offensive line classes in Wisconsin football history, the Badgers must get ready to bring in a new crop. College football fans relate a successful running game to Wisconsin, but anybody who knows anything about football knows a running game cannot succeed without the big men up front. Wisconsin hasn’t forgotten what got it to where it is and they aren’t soon to move away from those roots. What makes the Badgers great is here to stay.
Even through one of the toughest years in recent program history, Wisconsin is still chugging along. Where other programs may go through an identity crisis, Wisconsin sticks to its guns. The Badgers were in trouble late against Purdue and fought back. When everything was reset in the overtime periods, the Badgers went back to the ground. Behind Jonathan Taylor and his 321 yards rushing, Wisconsin won.
Running the ball is what’s going to keep this program successful, and the staff knows it. The immediate future of the program looks to be in good hands and it will get to run behind what will soon be more dominant offensive linemen.