Wisconsin Football extended an offer to class of 2019 safety Titus Toler on Friday. Can the Badgers flip him from his commitment to Colorado?
Wisconsin is not done yet with its 2019 recruiting class.
The staff has been searching for a safety to add to the group ever since Bryson Shaw flipped his pledge to Ohio State back in April, and it appears they have set their sights on one who is currently committed elsewhere.
On Friday, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) safety Titus Toler announced a Wisconsin offer on Twitter. Toler, a 3-star recruit and the nation’s No. 73 overall safety, has been a member of Colorado’s recruiting class since July 16. At the time of his commitment, he chose the Buffaloes over other offers from California, Arizona State, Boston College, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State, among others.
Toler may be open to backing off of his commitment to Colorado now that head coach Mike MacIntyre has been fired. Wisconsin is the first and only school to this point that has offered him since that happened.
In addition to this, as well as the Badgers’ need at safety in this class, this offer makes sense for another key reason.
Toler is a teammate of Wisconsin linebacker commit Spencer Lytle at St. John Bosco. At the moment, it appears as though the high 3-star could be wavering in his pledge: Northwestern extended an offer to Lytle a couple of weeks ago, and it seems unlikely that the Wildcats would do so this late in the game unless they had some kind of indication that he is not 100 percent committed to the Badgers. Iowa also jumped on board with an offer to Lytle last Wednesday.
There’s no doubt that the Toler was an offer-worthy player or that he would be an excellent pickup for the Badgers regardless of his connection to the Wisconsin commit, as his film shows a well-rounded defensive back who can deliver big hits in the open field and make plays in coverage. That being said, while it’s certainly possible that there is no connection between the staff’s decision to offer Toler and the firmness of Lytle’s commitment, I’m not buying that.
This was a savvy move by Paul Chryst and company to potentially solve two problems at once by adding a talented player at a position of need and helping to keep one of the jewels of Wisconsin’s 2019 class on board in doing so. For what it’s worth, Lytle retweeted Toler’s announcement of his offer from the Badgers.
We will see if the staff can get Toler on campus for a visit sometime within the next few weeks, but he will not be an easy player to reel in. He has an official visit scheduled to California on November 30, and the Bears are trending right now in his recruitment. In addition, look for some new programs to get involved over the next couple of weeks as staffs look to fill out their classes .