The Wisconsin football team may not be playing in the Big Ten Championship this weekend, but the coaching staff is still going to be plenty busy. They have recruiting to do still for their 2022 class and in-home visits are a priority right now.
The Badgers’ 2022 class is a smaller class this year, with just 13 committed, players so far. They currently rank 43rd nationally and 9th in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports. The Badgers also have a pair of walk-ons committed, but they aren’t done adding players yet. There are still a handful of players the Badgers are trying to get, including three in-state 4-star recruits.
Here are five players the Wisconsin football team is still targeting to add to the 2022 class.
1. OL Carson Hinzman
Carson Hinzman is currently the highest-rated uncommitted player in the state of Wisconsin, according to 247Sports. . The 4-star lineman is projected to play on the interior of the offensive line in college.
He has over 20 scholarship offers from Division 1 schools, from schools like Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, and more.
Early thoughts were that Hinzman would be a slam dunk for the Wisconsin football team, but Ohio State has been getting in the middle of his recruitment and is considered a serious threat. Badger247’s Evan Flood still thinks Wisconsin is sitting in a pretty good position for Hinzman.
2. OL Billy Schrauth
Billy Schrauth’s recruitment is probably one of the craziest back-and-forth recruitments the Badgers have had in a while. Like Hinzman, Schrauth is a 4-star offensive lineman from the state of Wisconsin. He has a final four of Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Wisconsin. But his recruitment has really come down to Notre Dame and Wisconsin.
For a while, it felt like he was a heavy Notre Dame lean. But over the summer, Schrauth had a great visit to Wisconsin, and the Badgers were suddenly seen as the favorite and some think he was even silently committed to the Badgers.
Then something changed again. He was going to visit Notre Dame more and Notre Dame reporters suddenly started feeling a lot better about the Irish’s chances.
Evan Flood still thinks Wisconsin is sitting in a good place with him since his Crystal Ball is still in favor of Wisconsin.
When Brian Kelly left Notre Dame, a lot of people thought that would help Wisconsin’s chances, but with Tommy Rees, Notre Dame’s OC, staying in South Bend, things may not be changing that much.
Things could get crazy in the next two weeks. Schrauth is expected to sign with a team by the early signing period (December 15), so his decision will probably be made within the next week or two.
3. EDGE Isaac Hamm
Isaac Hamm is another in-state 4-star player. The defensive end from Sun Prairie was thought to be a slam dunk as well, but his recruitment has gotten pretty quiet lately. He may wait to commit until after the early signing period, which may not be great news for Wisconsin.
He has taken visits to Wisconsin and Louisville, but there are whispers an offer from Michigan State could change things. He may be waiting for that.
Paul Chryst, like always, won’t pressure Hamm to make a decision. So this recruitment may draw out longer than the others.
4. RB Jaydn Ott
Jaydn Ott is a player who I think the Badgers still have a good shot to get. The California recruit was at USC for a visit in the past couple of weeks, but with USC making the coaching change to Lincoln Riley could change that.
You could argue that Ott would prefer to go to USC now with Riley in charge, but as soon as Riley left Oklahoma, a lot of his recruits recommitted as well, including 5-star running back Raleek Brown, also from California. Brown just committed to USC, so that may be one less option for Ott, and a big positive for the Badgers.
I figure Wisconsin will be in on his recruitment until the end.
5. S Koen Entringer
Koen Entringer is a safety out of Michigan and a teammate of newly-committed linebacker, Aiden Vaughan. Entringer is a 3-star safety and has 17 Division 1 offers. His list includes schools like Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Maryland, and Utah.
The Badgers were in a pretty good spot with Entringer, but the Michigan Wolverines have gotten in the recruitment lately and now it seems a little more unknown.
Entringer would be a nice piece to add to the secondary of the Wisconsin football team, but we’ll have to see what happens in the next couple of weeks as he is expected to make his commitment closer to the signing date.