Madison, Wis.– Luke Fickell and the Wisconsin football staff have worked tirelessly this recruiting season to land an impressive duo of recruits. Two of the top in-state recruits attend Catholic Memorial in Waukesha and have been on the Badgers radar since their early playing days. Now, both 2024 four-star recruits, Donovan Harbour and Corey Smith will be naming their new homes soon. However, Wisconsin may not be the leader on either of their lists.
Harbour is the current top ranking recruit from the state of Wisconsin, while Smith ranks second. Each player has received multiple crystal ball predictions to land with the Penn State Nittany Lions. Harbour in particular has been linked heavily to the Nittany Lions as he is scheduled to make his commitment April 18th at 2:50 pm CT time.
Leading up to the commitment, Harbour visited Happy Valley for their recent Spring game to get a closer look at the team. Teammate Corey Smith was also in attendance for the Spring game, but has yet to announce a commitment date or release any school lists. Each player got their chance to take a close look at the program before making their respective decisions.
— Donovan “7D9” Harbour (@donovan_harbour) April 17, 2023
The Wisconsin football staff has plenty of work ahead of them if they are still interested in both Harbour and Smith. Each recruit has an abundance of offers and programs they are in contact with as well. The Badgers will need to move fast to change the minds of their coveted in-state recruits.
Can Wisconsin Football Still Land In-State Recruits Donovan Harbour, Corey Smith?
As many programs wrap-up their Spring seasons the recruiters are hoping to end the season with a bang. Penn State has seriously pushed in the last few weeks for Smith and Harbour with their work starting to pay off. Since the crystal ball predictions for the Nittany Lions landed, the Wisconsin Badgers have been inviting recruits to campus left and right. Among those recruits has been Arrowhead offensive tackle and Badgers commitment Derek Jensen.
As far as the recent Wisconsin commitments go, Jensen is the second highest rated in-state recruit for the Badgers. Tight End Rob Booker is currently the highest rated recruit from Wisconsin to commit to the Badgers. A teammate of Derek Jensen, Garrett Sexton, also holds a Penn State crystal ball prediction. The in-state recruiting options for the Wisconsin Badgers are starting to dwindle down as time progresses.
If Wisconsin football cannot secure Donovan Harbour, they will have to turn their focus towards Nathan Roy of Mukwonago. Roy has made his way onto campus in Madison multiple times in the past. Currently, UCLA is leading the charge for Roy as his recruitment is still up in the air. Roy might be the last in-state option at tackle for the Badgers that can make an instant impact.
As far as the recruitment of Corey Smith, the talented running back is still a major question mark. His recruitment is wide open and Smith has shown no signs of a likely destination yet. Despite his crystal ball prediction for Penn State, the Wisconsin native has been all over the place. The Wisconsin Badgers will have quite the battle ahead of them for Smith as he continues to mull his decision over.
Contact/Follow us @Badger_Notes on Twitter, Subscribe to the BadgerNotes Newsletter here, and like our page on Facebook to follow ongoing coverage of Wisconsin Badgers news, notes, opinion, and analysis. You can also follow Jarrett Guerrera on Twitter @JarrettGuerrera.
Wisconsin Basketball to Lean on Core Contributors Down the Stretch
Wisconsin Football to Host 4-Star Two-Way Prospect on Recruiting Visit
Former Wisconsin Basketball Coach Named to Naismith Watchlist
Former Wisconsin Basketball Star Frank Kaminsky Inks New Deal
Wisconsin Football Student Section Was Embarrassing vs. Ohio State
Paul Chryst Emerging as Top Target for Big Ten Coaching Vacancy
Football2 days ago
Wisconsin Football Bolstered Its Secondary With a Top-Graded Transfer
FB Recruiting2 days ago
Wisconsin Football Recruiting Target Picks up Unfortunate Crystal Ball
FB Recruiting2 days ago
Source: Wisconsin Football Losing Ground in Pursuit of Top 150 Recruiting Target
FB Recruiting4 days ago
Wisconsin Football Falls Short in Recruiting Battle with Notre Dame