The 2021 recruiting class for the Wisconsin Badgers is the top-rated class for Wisconsin in the 247 Sports composite era. Is the first commit of their class a candidate to flip?
Quarterback Deacon Hill (Santa Barbara, CA) committed to Paul Chryst and the Wisconsin Badgers in June of 2019, as a 3-star prospect. When the Badgers offered Hill, he also had offers from Kansas St. and Nevada. Since committing, Hill has blown up a bit. He had a nice showing at the regional Elite 11 in California and earned a fourth star.
Since committing, he has been a force on the recruiting trail for Wisconsin. He is very active on Twitter, trying to get fellow prospects to commit to Wisconsin. He has also been a big part of recruiting by using group text messages. If you listen to Asher Low on Locked on Badgers, he interviewed a few players that are a part of the 2021 class. They all talked about the infamous group text. This group text is a big group of Badger prospects that include the likes of Deacon Hill, TJ Bollers, Hunter Wohler, Darryl Peterson, and more. Most of the players in the group text have committed to Wisconsin, and Hill is a big part of that.
Being from California, UCLA was always the dream offer for Hill. After being committed to Wisconsin for over a year, the Bruins came calling, offering him a scholarship.
This is a big deal because his older sisters go to UCLA and it is his hometown school. This is the offer he has always wanted. Now that he has it, is there a chance he could flip and chase his dream of being the quarterback at UCLA?
Right now, I don’t think Badger fans should be too concerned. I think loyalty means a lot to Hill. Wisconsin was one of the first teams to show interest. Since he’s committed, Wisconsin hasn’t even targeted another quarterback in the same recruiting class. Wisconsin is committed to Hill, and I think that means a lot to him. He is still tweeting at players to come to Wisconsin and join their historic class.
While it was probably pretty cool for Hill to get his dream offer from UCLA, they are probably too late to the party. I think he will remain solid to Wisconsin and will be a big part of the program post-Graham Mertz.