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Wisconsin Football Expecting to Land Trio of 2024 In-State Recruits



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New Wisconsin head football coach Luke Fickell speaks at a welcome event Monday, November 28, 2022, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. He was previously head coach for six seasons at Cincinnati.MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL Mjs Uwgrid28 1 Jpg Uwgrid Fickell

Madison, Wis. — Luke Fickell made it known he intends to build the core of the Wisconsin football program through high school players found within a 350-mile radius of Madison. 

Thankfully for him and his coaching staff, the 2024 in-state recruiting class is loaded, featuring 10+ players with division one scholarship offers and knocking on the door of additional Power 5 opportunities. 

Having two players in the fold for 2024, Wisconsin was looking to build on that class when they hosted junior day this past weekend. Those visits to Madison left a favorable impression on many, specifically on a trio of highly regarded in-state prospects. 

Let’s look at the three in-state recruits who recently had a crystal ball prediction placed by 247Sports or a Futurecast prediction set by the Rivals network. 

Three-Star TE Rob Booker – Waunakee, Wisconsin 

Following his visit to UW this past weekend, Waunakee tight end Rob Booker picked up crystal ball predictions from 247Sports insiders Allen Trieu and Steve Wilfong in favor of Wisconsin football.

Per 247sports, Booker is the No. 23 TE in the 2024 recruiting class and the No. 5 player in Wisconsin.

You can watch his HUDL film here.

Booker fits the new Wisconsin football mold of an athletic tight end who can stretch the field and act as a mismatch nightmare for opposing nickel corners/safeties.

Three-Star OT Derek Jensen – Hartland, Wisconsin 

After visiting the Wisconsin football program this past weekend, three-star offensive tackle Derek Jensen from Arrowhead High School finally picked up an offer from the hometown Badgers. 

According to the 247 Sports composite, Jensen, a 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive tackle, is the No. 421 overall prospect in the 2024 recruiting, the No. 31 OT in the country, and the No. 4 player in Wisconsin. 

You can watch his HUDL film here.

The three-star prospect currently holds offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Virginia, and several others. But after adding the UW offer, Rivals recruiting insider Jon McNamara placed a future cast prediction for Wisconsin football to land the talented in-state tackle. 

Things are trending quickly between UW and Jensen, so don’t be surprised if this one wraps up quickly. 

Three-Star LB Landon Gauthier – Green Bay, Wisconsin

And last but not least is three-star linebacker Landon Gauthier out of Green Bay, who picked up a Wisconsin football offer while on campus this past weekend.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound LB plays for Bayport High School and is the No. 10 player in Wisconsin’s 2024 recruiting class.

You can watch his HUDL film here.

Gauthier holds offers from Minnesota, North Dakota State, Ohio, Syracuse, and Wyoming. Still, he recently picked up a crystal ball projection for Wisconsin football after earning an offer from the Badgers.

Final Thoughts on Wisconsin Football Recruiting 

Luke Fickell and his coaching staff have quickly established themselves with the local high schools and begun forming meaningful relationships with the players, coaches, and families. 

The 2024 class is already off to an impressive start with four-star QB Mabrey Mettauer and four-star TE Grant Stec. If Fickell can help build a fence around Wisconsin and funnel a few top talents to UW, the recruiting momentum and publicity for the Badgers will reach a level we haven’t seen in quite some time. 

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