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How Does the Wisconsin Football Class Stack Up Against B1G Rivals?



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Wisconsin Badgers head coach Luke Fickell arrives at Sky Harbor International Airport on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, ahead of their Guaranteed Rate Bowl game against Oklahoma State University. Badgers Arrive 5

Madison, Wis. – Recently, the Wisconsin football staff saw their 2024 recruiting class climb to the 14th spot in the nation with more commitments expected.

The Wisconsin Badgers football staff has had to battle other top programs this recruiting cycle to land 16 talented individuals. The Badgers have also stolen recruits away from other programs, after snagging defensive back Nyzier Fourqurean away from Vanderbilt. Wisconsin has had plenty of success in both the transfer portal, and with their 2024 recruiting class. But, how do the Badgers’ recruiting wins stack up against their conference rivals?

How Does Wisconsin Football Recruiting Rank Compared to Other Big Ten Teams?

Thus far in the recruiting cycle, Wisconsin has landed 16 recruits and spread their recruiting reach to multiple new states. The Badgers have landed commitments from states like Florida, Alabama, and Texas this recruiting cycle. With the latest commitment of Jay Harper, Wisconsin has now sealed up their secondary. The Badgers have their focus on landing an edge rusher and an outside linebacker now as their class is nearly complete on the defensive side of the ball.

While Wisconsin football may have the 14th class in the nation currently, the rest of the Big Ten Conference has also had their own recruiting success. Here is how the Badgers recruiting class ranks up against their conference rivals.

#1: Michigan Wolverines – 261.21 Points

The Wolverines have one of the most impressive recruiting classes in the nation currently. Michigan has the second ranked class in the country behind the Georgia Bulldogs without landing a five-star recruit yet. The star-studded class for Michigan is highlighted by four-stars Jadyn Davis and Jordan Marshall, who could be the offensive duo of the future for the team. Their 22 hard commitments are second in the Big Ten to Minnesota, who has 23 thus far.

The Wisconsin football staff and the Michigan staff have battled each other multiple times this off-season. Most notably, Michigan landed both I’Marion Stewart and Jacob Oden away from the Badgers. The Wolverines have completed their recruiting class, but may still push for big names left in the class.

#2: Ohio State Buckeyes – 250.15 Points 

The Ohio State Buckeyes and head coach Ryan Day have put together a strong class of 14 commitments so far. Currently, five-star receivers Jeremiah Smith and Mylan Graham sit atop their fourth ranked recruiting class. With the second ranked class in the Big Ten, Ohio State is still far from done in the 2024 cycle. The Buckeyes are still waiting on the commitment announcements of two of the top ranked running backs in the class, which should come at the end of the month. Even without landing another recruit the Buckeyes would still put together one of the most complete classes in the country.

#3: Penn State Nittany Lions – 234.09 Points 

The story of this off-season for the Penn State Nittany Lions revolves around how the team has stolen multiple recruits from the Wisconsin football staff. In particular, the powerful duo of Corey Smith and Donovan Harbour took their talents to Happy Valley as the Badgers had to look elsewhere. The Nittany Lions also landed another Wisconsin native in Garrett Sexton, whom the Badgers tried to make a last-minute push for. Outside of their success in Wisconsin, Penn State has developed a solid class that currently sits at seventh nationally.

#4: Minnesota Golden Gophers – 205.57 Points 

The final team in the Big Ten Conference that currently ranks ahead of the Wisconsin football team is the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers have put together a huge class of 23 commitments that sits at 10th nationally. Their lone four-star commitment in their recruiting class is Wisconsin native Nathan Roy, who just recently announced his intentions to attend Minnesota. The most interesting part of the Golden Gophers recruiting class is that it contains the top overall player in each of the following states; Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

#5: Wisconsin Badgers – 199.51 Points

With 16 commitments and counting, the Wisconsin football staff has put together an excellent class during their first year together. Coach Luke Fickell and his staff have worked hard this off-season, particularly in the transfer portal, to upgrade their team. The goal for the Badgers has been to mold the current and future team into the type of football players that will win games. Wisconsin has done just that so far in the 2024 class by targeting recruits with big, strong frames.

The commitments of Grant Stec and Mabrey Mettauer currently highlight the class. However, from top to bottom Wisconsin has developed an intriguing class that fits the needs of the program. While the Wisconsin football staff may not be dominating the Big Ten Conference in recruiting at the moment, there is still the potential for the class to grow more.

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Jarrett Guerrera is a graduate of Western New England University with a Bachelor's in English. Jarrett played rugby at the collegiate level, and has been a sports fanatic all his life. Jarrett is also a contributor for Wisconsin Sports Heroics.