Wisconsin Football picked up its second commitment of the week from wide receiver Isaac Smith. What are the Badgers getting in the Tennessee native?
Wisconsin continues to roll on the recruiting trail after impressing a plethora of recruits over the weekend who were on hand to take in the electric game-day atmosphere on campus for the matchup with Central Michigan.
One of those recruits was St. George’s (Collierville, TN) wide receiver Isaac Smith, who was in Madison for his official visit. The Badgers appear to have hit it out of the park with the class of 2020 prospect, who joined fellow visitor James Thompson in leaving town committed to Wisconsin. Though he gave his pledge to the coaching staff at the end of the weekend, Smith waited to announce his commitment until Tuesday evening.
A 3-star prospect, Smith is ranked by the 247Sports composite as the nation’s No. 252 wide receiver and No. 1926 overall player. He gave his pledge to the Badgers over other offers from programs such as Missouri, Army, Cornell, Jackson State, Tennessee State, and Tennessee-Martin, and told Evan Flood from Badger247 that Virginia Tech had gotten involved in his recruitment recently as well.
Wisconsin moved quickly on Smith in the summer after missing out on a couple of other receiver targets, offering him a scholarship back in July. However, Badger fans should not consider the 6’3, 185-pound prospect a consolation prize by any stretch, as he possesses an intriguing skill set we don’t see very often in Wisconsin’s wide receiver corps.
Smith and Chimere Dike, Wisconsin’s other wideout commit in this class, compliment each other very nicely. While Dike will likely be used quite a bit in the slot for the Badgers, with his combination of plus size and crisp route-running, Smith could develop into an excellent target on the outside. Wisconsin just doesn’t get many big bodies like this at receiver generally: for context, walk-on true freshman Cooper Nelson (6’4) is the only wideout on Wisconsin’s current roster that is taller than Smith, with the next in line being Emmet Perry and A.J. Abbott (6’2).
If he develops according to plan under receivers coach Ted Gilmore, Smith could become one of those weapons capable of winning jump-ball situations down the field and in the end zone that every team wants to have.
Should he make it official on Signing Day with Wisconsin this winter, Smith would become the first Tennessee product to sign with Wisconsin since Curt Phillips and Devin Smith did so in the 2008 recruiting class.