The Wisconsin Badgers remain hot in the 2023 recruit class after picking up defenseman Roderick Pierce Thursday afternoon.
But that doesn’t mean that employees aren’t looking even further into the future. In fact, the Wisconsin staff continues to maintain a breakneck pace when it comes to offering prospective sophomores in the Class of 2024.
On Thursday alone, Paul Chryst and his assistants extended four more offers in the north of the country.
Let’s take a quick look at each of the four players who now have offers from the Badgers.
The first offer of the day went to Indiana’s offensive lineman Ian Moore.
Moore, already rated a four-star candidate in the class of 2024, is one of the top offensive linemen in the Midwest for his grade level.
Wisconsin was recently on site to see New Palestine High School in person, and it’s clear the staff were impressed enough to make an offer.
At 6ft 6 and just under 300 pounds, Moore has more than 20 scholarship offers to his name and that number is only going to increase this summer.
The Badgers join the hunt for Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida State, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee and West Virginia Moore’s services.
Like many top offensive linemen, he plays tackle for his high school team. While it’s possible to hold on to tackle at the next level, his mobility and size also make Moore a suitable central defender on offense.
He was a first-team All-Conference selection last fall, and you can watch his second film here.
New Jersey defense attorney Jaylen McClain received Thursday’s second offer of the day.
Another four-star nominee, Jaylen McClain, attends Seton Hall Prep and is a highly sought-after athlete in the 2024 class.
At 6 feet tall, he has the size and speed to play college safety or cornerback. A novelty in his recruitment makes him very intriguing in Wisconsin’s plan under Jim Leonhard.
However, the Badgers are now alone in their pursuit of McClain. The New Jersey product features offerings from some of the nation’s best, including Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Stanford, and Texas A&M, as well as local schools like Rutgers and Syracuse.
Last fall, McClain had 71 tackles and one interception in 11 games for his high school team, and he also helped on offense as a wide receiver.
Wisconsin has a history of success at New Jersey, and with cornerbacks coach Hank Poteat having ties to the state, only time will tell how important the Badgers will be in McClain’s recruiting process.
You can see his second highlights here.
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Luke Williams of Naperville North High School in Illinois was the third player to receive an offer from the Badgers.
A 6-foot wide receiver and defender, Williams is most dynamic when he has the ball in his hands. Considering the offer came from Wide Receivers coach Alvis Whitted and he included Kendric Pryor in his offer post, I can assume Wisconsin considers Williams a wide-out.
The talented pass catcher is also a standout in basketball and track and field. He’s extremely athletic and would be a nice asset for the Badgers on the trail.
For now, Williams already has additional Power 5 offers from Boston College, Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota and Nebraska and is an early four-star prospect, according to 247 Sports.
A fluid athlete in the film, Williams is good at jump ball situations and possesses solid hands. He’s the 10th wide receiver to receive an offer from the Badgers and is one of the top picks given his proximity to Madison.
You can watch his second film here.
The final offer of the day went to Jamir Benjamin, a three-star Michigan cornerback.
Benjamin plays for West Bloomfield High School, the same powerhouse program that former Wisconsin wide receivers AJ Abbott and Taj Mustapha played for at the prep level.
The 5-foot-10 corner includes up to 17 offerings, including both Michigan and Michigan State, as well as several other Big Ten schools such as Iowa and Nebraska.
On film, Benjamin shows speed on both sides of the ball and he shows good awareness in coverage.
We’ll see if assistant coach Hank Poteat can keep the Badgers in the hunt for Benjamin, but overall this seems like another necessary offer from the staff and a player who would be a great fit for Madison.
You can see his highlights from last fall here.
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