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Recruit Rundown: 2025 Wisconsin Football Commit Hardy Watts

The Badgers added their 22nd commitment to the 2025 class on Monday. Here’s what stands out.



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The Wisconsin football program added its 22nd commitment to the 2025 class on Monday, as four-star interior offensive lineman Hardy Watts announced his commitment to the Badgers.

Here’s a look back at Watts’ recruitment and what stands out.

Wisconsin Football Commit Hardy Watts: On the Recruiting Trail

According to the composite rankings, Watts is the No. 222 player in the country, the No. 12 IOL, and the No. 1 player in Massachusetts.

Watts was one of the most sought-after interior linemen in the 2025 cycle, fielding offers from some heavy hitters such as Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Miami, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. It came down to UW, Michigan, and Clemson in the end, and the Badgers were able to make a late push to seal his commitment.

A tip of the cap to AJ Blazek, Casey Rabach, and the entire recruiting staff for earning one of the biggest wins in this cycle here. Watts is the cherry on top of what could end up being one of the best offensive line classes in the country, joining Logan Powell, Michael Roeske, Nolan Davenport, and Cam Clark.

Wisconsin Football Commit Hardy Watts: Scouting Report

Watts fits the exact mold of what you want in a Wisconsin offensive lineman: tough, strong, and violent.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound lineman has the inside-out versatility you love seeing in a high school prospect. In his reps at tackle, Watts has a good kick step and the lateral quickness to cover a lot of ground quickly during passing situations, though I think his run-blocking reps really show what kind of player he is.

Watts has the ability to take a defender out of the play entirely. In his junior season highlights, you often see him latching on to an opposing lineman and driving them back far away from the ball carrier. Watts is simply a finisher who plays through the whistle.

Watts moves well for his size, showing a quick burst off the ball and the ability to get to the second level in a flash. He can move laterally, be pulled across the formation, or just go out and find someone to hit. Watts is a true wrecking ball, especially when he gets up to full speed.

You could argue that Watts is the most complete player in Wisconsin’s 2025 class, as it is tough to find a weak point in his game. He has the technique, footwork, quickness, strength, and a whole lot of toughness that all combine into a strong package that can help him thrive at the next level.

With Watts’ verbal pledge, Wisconsin now holds 22 commitments in the 2025 cycle, which currently ranks as the No. 16 class in the nation per the composite rankings.

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