The 2022 recruiting class for the Wisconsin football team is still getting started. Right now, quarterback Myles Burkett is the lone committed player in the class after Braelon Allen re-classified to the 2021 class.
There’s no reason to worry yet. There are still plenty of very talented players the Badgers are very much in on. One of those players, is defensive tackle, Curtis Neal, from Cornelius, North Carolina.
According to 247Sports, Neal is a 4-star defender and is the 24th-ranked defensive tackle in the country. He is also the 327th overall player in the country.
Neal has racked up over 30 scholarship offers from some big-time schools from all over the country, including teams like Wisconsin, Ohio St., Oregon, USC, Alabama, Auburn, Florida St., Georgia, and much more. Pretty much every top-flight team in the NCAA has made an offer to Neal to join their program.
According to Badger247’s Evan Flood, the Badgers may be in a pretty good position to land Neal and things are trending in the right direction for the Wisconsin football team. Something to add to the positivity, Neal will be one of the many prospects visiting Madison on June 4th. Visiting the same weekend are 4-star linemen Carson Hinzman and Joe Brunner, 4-star defensive end Isaac Hamm and 4-star running back Nicholas Singleton.
If things go well for the Badgers on the June 4th weekend, they could be getting a load of big-time prospects committing to the program.
Of course, getting Neal to commit won’t be an easy task. There are a lot of big programs after him, including Big Ten-rival Ohio St. He is set to visit Ohio St. the weekend after he’s in Madison on June 11th. 247Sports’ Bill Kurelic wrote an article (with a paywall) talking about how it may come down to the Badgers or the Buckeyes for Neal. If you have a 247Sports subscription, you should check it out.
Neal has commented that he would like to make his decision before June ends, so this is definitely a player to keep an eye on as we head into the summer.
The defensive line could be pretty thin in the next year or two after Bryson Williams graduates and Keannu Benton could very well enter the draft after this year. Behind those two isn’t a ton of depth. Adding a guy like Curtis Neal as a part of the 2022 class would be a major boost for the Wisconsin football team.