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Wisconsin Football Offers Several Intriguing Preferred Walk-On Recruits

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Wisconsin football head coach Luke Fickell
Apr 11, 2023; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin defensive coordinator Mike Tressel, left, talks with head coach Luke Fickell during practice Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

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. 

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. 

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.

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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