Grantsburg High athlete Leo Chenal committed to the University of Wisconsin less than 24 hours after receiving an offer during a visit to Madison in September of 2017. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound in-state prospect could play a number of positions for the Badgers. While off the radar of other Power Five programs at the time of his commitment, Chenal is now a consensus three-star prospect and a top-500 player nationally per 247sports’ composite rankings.
Quarterback Graham Mertz became the second commitment of UW’s 2019 class in October of 2017, and his recruitment has exploded since then. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound signal caller from Blue Valley North High in Mission, Kansas, was unranked by all major recruiting sites at the time of his commitment but has since become a consensus four-star prospect and received offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Arizona State.
Currently the crown jewel of UW’s 2019 class, offensive lineman Logan Brown ranks as a top-20 prospect in the country by all major recruiting sites. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound tackle from East Kentwood High in Grand Rapids, Michigan, committed one day after visiting Madison for the Badgers’ big victory over Michigan on November 18, 2017. He chose UW over reported offers from Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Louisville, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and others.
Menomonee Falls High running back Julius Davis committed to the Badgers’ 2019 class back in November of 2017, just three days after UW extended an offer. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Davis was unranked by all major recruiting sites at the time of his commitment but has since received offers from USC, Notre Dame and LSU.
Joe Tippmann became the second big-time commitment by an offensive lineman in UW’s 2019 class when he pledged to the Badgers in December 2017. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Tippmann from Bishop Dwenger High in Fort Wayne, Indiana, rates as a four-star prospect by 247sports and earned three stars from Rivals and ESPN. He chose UW over offers from Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, Cincinnati and others.
Many UW fans were excited about the commitment of Hayden Rucci in February, as the tight end rates as a four-star prospect by Rivals and earned three stars from 247sports and ESPN. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect from Warwick High in Lititz, Pennsylvania, chose the Badgers over reported offers from Michigan State, West Virginia, Minnesota, Indiana, Northwestern, Rutgers, Duke, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and others.
North Carolina athlete Marcus Graham waited just four days after the Badgers became his first Power Five offer to commit in April. The 6-foot, 175-pound Graham played both quarterback and wide receiver for Mountain Island Charter School last season and is thought to project as a wide receiver or cornerback for UW. Graham, a two-star prospect by Rivals and unranked by 247sports, also had offers from Air Force, East Carolina and others.
The commitment of Janesville Craig defensive end Keeanu Benton in May marked the first addition to the Badgers’ 2019 recruiting class after wide receiver Nolan Groulx and safety Bryson Shaw both de-committed from the program. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Benton is unranked by all major recruiting sites but also had an offer from Iowa.
The Badgers have developed quite the pipeline of recruiting talented cornerbacks from South Florida in recent years, and Williams will try to continue that trend. Previous successes include former UW cornerbacks Sojourn Shelton and Derrick Tindal along with current players Dontye Carriere-Williams and Faion Hicks. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Williams, from Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Fla., rates as a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247sports and also held reported offers from Florida, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Syracuse, South Florida and others.