Wisconsin football: Where is the Badgers’ 2022 recruiting class ranked?

Franklin quarterback and Wisconsin recruit Myles Burkett throws up a 'W' after a touchdown pass against Oak Creek during a game on October 1, 2021.Rs5a5986 2
Franklin quarterback and Wisconsin recruit Myles Burkett throws up a 'W' after a touchdown pass against Oak Creek during a game on October 1, 2021.Rs5a5986 2 /

The Wisconsin football team still has their bowl game ahead of them, but recruiting is in full swing. This is a huge week for the Badgers as Wednesday is the early signing period when recruits can officially sign their letters of intent and officially become Badgers.

The Wisconsin football coaching staff have been doing in-home visits the past two weeks, giving their final pitches to some of the recruits who could be signing early. There are still some big-time recruits that the Badgers are targeting and the pressure is on. They’ve already lost Billy Schrauth to Notre Dame in the past week, so it is imperative that Wisconsin keeps Carson Hinzman and Isaac Hamm in-state.

But as of right now, the Badgers still have a solid recruiting class even without Schruath or Hinzman. It’s a smaller class, but still has a nice amount of talent. So where does the Badgers’ recruiting class rank ahead of the early signing period?

According to 247Sports’ class rankings, the Wisconsin football team is currently ranked 43rd nationally and 11th in the Big Ten. That just goes to show how well the Big Ten recruits. There are 11 Big Ten programs in the top 43 recruiting classes. Here is the Badgers’ 2022 recruiting class so far.

4-star recruits for the Wisconsin football team

Joe Brunner – Offensive Tackle

Right now, Brunner is the lone 4-star recruit. Somewhat disappointing given the fact that the state of Wisconsin has five 4-star recruits alone. The Badgers lost out on Schrauth (Notre Dame) and Cross (Penn St.) but are still fighting for Hinzman and Hamm.

Targets: OL Carson Hinzman, EDGE Isaac Hamm, RB Jaydn Ott

3-star recruits for the Wisconsin football team

Austin Brown – Safety

Curtis Neal – Defensive Line

Aidan Vaughan – Linebacker

A’Khoury Lyde – Cornerback

Vinny Anthony – Wide Reciever

Myles Burkett – Quarterback

Tommy McIntosh – Wide Reciever

Tristan Monday – Linebacker

Barrett Nelson – Offensive Tackle

Cade Yacamelli – Athlete

Avyonne Jones – Cornerback

JT Seagreaves – Tight End

As usual, the Badgers are going to bring in a ton of 3-star recruits and develop them. That’s been their identity for as long as most of us can remember. Most of these players are going to make an impact on the Badgers in the next 2-3 years. Again, another solid class from the Badgers, but not quite done yet.

Targets: S Koen Entringer

Where would the Wisconsin football team rank if…

If the Badgers were able to land their remaining targets, where would they rank right now? It’s tough to project because a lot of other teams would also be getting players at the early signing period, but we can use 247Sports’ Class Calculator to get an idea of where the Badgers could be if they land their top remaining recruits.

Let’s start with the in-state talent. Carson Hinzman and Isaac Hamm are the big targets. Right now, according to Evan Flood from Badgers 247, Hinzman is torn between Wisconsin and Ohio State. But his confidence in Isaac Hamm is still high, with a confidence level of ‘7’ in favor of Wisconsin.

If the Badgers were to land both Hinzman and Hamm, the Badgers’ 2022 class would move from 43rd to 26th nationally and from 11th to 7th in the conference. If they just add Hamm and lose Hinzman to Ohio State, then they would be 36th nationally and still 7th in the conference.

Jaydn Ott feels kind of like a lost cause. He’s been visiting more schools on the west coast and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up out there.

The last Wisconsin target that there is some buzz around is Koen Entringer. He is a teammate of newly-committed linebacker Aidan Vaughan. He is getting some big offers lately, including Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Iowa, and Michigan. It would be a big win if the Badgers could snag him to pair with Austin Brown. If the Badgers brought in Entringer alone, their class rank would bump up to 41st in the country and 10th in the Big Ten.

If the Badgers were to add Hinzman, Hamm, and Entringer, the Badgers would vault up to 22nd nationally and 6th in the Big Ten.

It may seem like the Badgers had some misses in this recruiting cycle, but there is still time for them to add some nice pieces that will surely contribute to the program.