Paul Chryst has signed his best recruiting class in 2019 since he rejoined the Wisconsin football program in 2015.
Wisconsin football is desperately trying to turn the corner, get over the hump, break through the ceiling, whatever phrase you want to use. The Badgers are threatening to become an elite football program but can only get there if they continue to elevate the way they recruit.
The class of 2019 is a step in the right direction. It is Paul Chryst’s best class as Wisconsin’s head coach and features some program-changing players. The two biggest names, five-star offensive tackle Logan Brown and four-star quarterback Graham Mertz, but the defense is full of future key players.
Names like Rodas Johnson and Spencer Lytle will become household names throughout the state and in the Big Ten, and others like recently committed Titus Toller, Lytle’s teammate, and Semar Melvin, have the potential to bud into stars too.
There isn’t a single commit in the class of 2019 that I don’t think can eventually make an impact on the team. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way. Some players change positions, some could transfer, and some just don’t pan out. But I can’t picture a scenario where any of these defensive players don’t find the field under Jim Leonhard and turn into quality players for the Badgers.
As of the early signing period, the defensive class is extremely balanced with three defensive linemen, three outside linebackers, and four defensive backs. Each recruit brings something to the table that’s unique and sets them apart from their peers. Because of that, every signee has a chance to compete for playing time.
As usual, Wisconsin was drama free and signed all of the commits they had up to this point. Here are all of the players on the the defensive side of the ball and how they work intot he defense in 2019 and beyond.