Madison, Wis. – Last month, Wisconsin football offensive coordinator Phil Longo traveled to Rockwall, Texas, to evaluate a recruit with strong ties to the program in person.
That recruit was 2025 signal caller Landyn Locke, the younger brother of Mississippi State transfer Braedyn Locke, a redshirt freshman the Badgers coveted once he entered the portal.
After impressing Longo during the workout, the Wisconsin coaching staff wasted no time offering him a scholarship and got Locke on campus for an unofficial visit that quickly led to him becoming commitment No. 1 in the 2025 cycle.
— Landyn Locke (@LandynLocke) June 22, 2023
“I went up there for a week,” Locke told Jon McNamara. “I’ve never been up to Wisconsin, so it was my first time seeing everything in person. It’s going to sound cliché, but I fell in love with Wisconsin.”
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound quarterback chose UW over early offers from Miami, SMU, Tulsa, and Western Kentucky. Texas, Baylor, Houston, Texas Tech, TCU, and Virginia also expressed interest in Locke.
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Phil Longo is an absolute menace on the recruiting trail–particularly when it comes to plucking quarterbacks out of Texas.
All three transfer quarterbacks (Tanner Mordecai, Braedyn Locke, Nick Evers) are Texas natives, and so is 2024 commit Mabrey Mettauer–which is certainly something I didn’t have on my bingo card this offseason.
As a sophomore at Rockwall High School, Locke appeared in just two games at the varsity level, throwing for one touchdown and one interception while completing 13-of-23 passes for 159 yards, according to MaxPreps.
The Texas native spins the ball well and has better arm strength and accuracy. Another thing that stands out is his ability to work through his progressions and deliver throws on the run. Overall, Locke appears to be a slightly better athlete than his brother. I like the upside here.
Locke runs many of the same spread/RPO concepts Wisconsin football will run in Longo’s air raid attack–so stylistically, he makes a ton of sense.
Wisconsin locking down a commitment at quarterback, especially this early in the recruiting cycle is a huge with for the Badgers coaching staff.
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