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Wisconsin Football Double Dips, Lands Two 2024 Pennsylvania Recruits



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Wisconsin offensive linemen Riley Mahlman (left) and Barrett Nelson complete a drill during the team's first spring practice on March 25, 2023 at the McClain Center in Madison, Wis. Uw Football Spring Practice 2 March 25 2023

The Wisconsin football team has long been renowned for its dominant offensive line play, often boasting one of the best in the nation. However, they recently suffered a couple of tough blows as several in-state offensive line recruits (Donovan Harbour + Garrett Sexton) chose to commit to Penn State instead

In an exciting turn of events, the Badgers managed to flip the script and double dip in the state of Pennsylvania, securing commitments from two offensive linemen coming off their official visits. 

Wisconsin Badgers Land Four-Star OT Kevin Heywood 

This biggest domino to fall for the Wisconsin football team during its June 2 official visit weekend was four-star offensive tackle Kevin Heywood, who chose the Badgers over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, Michigan, USC, and others.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Heywood is the No. 266 player in the nation, the No. 25 OT, and the No. 5 player in Pennsylvania.

This was a huge recruiting win for offensive line coach Jack Bicknell who got the 6-foot-7, 280-pound OT shut things down despite having official visits scheduled to Kentucky, Auburn, and USC. 

UW now has its offensive tackles set for the 2024 class in four-star linemen Derek Jensen and Heywood. 

Wisconsin Football Doubles Down, Adds Three-Star IOL Ryan Cory 

Wisconsin football made its second Pennslyvania recruit in 2024 three-star interior offensive lineman Ryan Cory, who chose the Badgers over offers from Pitt, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Oregon, Rutgers, and others.

According to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, Cory is the No. 778 player in the nation, the No. 50 interior offensive lineman, and the No. 24 player in Pennsylvania.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound guard has all the makings of an impact interior presence with some time to develop. His addition also illustrates the coaching staff’s desire to recruit both tackles and guard prospects, which differs from the previous regime, which essentially went after elite tackles and fit them in wherever they could make it work.

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