From a scholarship standpoint, there is still plenty of work to be done for Wisconsin football in the 2024 recruiting class. But after getting some players on campus and hosting a team camp to get a closer look at some local prospects, the preferred walk-on offers are starting to roll out.
Anyone who follows the Badgers football program knows UW has a storied history of walk-ons that have paid their dues and developed into meaningful Big Ten contributors, such as JJ Watt, Jim Leonhard, Ryan Ramczyk, Joe Schobert, Jared Abbrederis, Alex Erickson, and Rick Wagner to name a few.
So, earning an opportunity to play for Wisconsin football, even as a walk-on, is an honor not to be taken lightly. Here’s a look at some of the recently preferred walk-on offers UW has made in the 2024 recruiting cycle.
Quarterback, Milos Spasojevic
After seeing Milos Spasojevic throw at a camp recently, the Wisconsin football staff invited the 2024 quarterback recruit from Minnetonka, Minnesota, to campus for a visit this past weekend.
The unranked 6-foot-5, 220-pound signal caller holds a scholarship offer from St. Thomas, Western Illinois, and Western Michigan but also has interest from Wisconsin and Minnesota as a preferred walk-on candidate.
— Milos Spasojevic (@Milosspas10) June 26, 2023
Spasojevic is an intriguing athlete that moves well for his size and would be a developmental option behind incoming scholarship quarterback Mabrey Mettauer.
Wisconsin Football PWO Target, WR/TE Langdon Nordgaard
After Wisconsin football hosted their team camp, the coaching staff came away impressed with West De Pere High School wide receiver Langdon Nordgaard and offered him a preferred walk-on spot.
‼️After a great talk with WR Coach @Im_MikeB and hearing from @LukeFickell I’m excited to share that I’ve received a PWO from @BadgerFootball! 🦡🟥⬜️@wdp_football @PrepRedzoneWI @MJ_NFLDraft @travisWSN @Evan_Flood @OJW_Scouting pic.twitter.com/lklybfG3o7
— Langdon Nordgaard (@LangNordgaard) June 23, 2023
Nordgaard, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound recruit, projects as a potential tight end or boundary wideout at the next level and picked up offers from Minnesota Duluth, Northern State, Upper Iowa, Minnesota State, Valpo, Augustana, among others, after catching 68 passes for 1,054 yards and eight touchdowns.
There is a lot to like here as a developmental tight end/H-back at the next level. I’d love to see Wisconsin find a way to keep him home, but his growing list of offers could make that difficult.
Wisconsin Football PWO Target, OT Sam Hawker
In typical Wisconsin football fashion, coach Bicknell has extended a preferred walk-on offer to Monona Grove High School offensive tackle Sam Hawker.
After a great conversation with @CoachBicknell I am beyond excited to receive a PWO from the University Of Wisconsin!@BadgerFootball @BBeckwith43 @MJ_NFLDraft @travisWSN @PrepRedzoneWI pic.twitter.com/UmDB3QVkne
— Sam Hawker (@SamHawker8) June 21, 2023
The 6-foot-9, 285-pound offensive lineman lists scholarship offers from Valpo and Upper Iowa while holding PWO offers from Wisconsin and Miami.
This is an instance where you can’t teach height and athleticism, so betting on the developmental angle and seeing if he can put on the necessary weight to play division one football seems worth gambling on.
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