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Wisconsin Football Has One of the Nation’s Top Recruiters on Staff

Wisconsin football hired one of Luke Fickell’s most talented position coaches away from Cincinnati, and he’s been one of the nation’s top recruiters.



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The name of former Wisconsin football coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez has been stitched into the new turf field at Camp Randall Stadium. The field has been named in his honor.

When Luke Fickell was hired as the new head coach of the Wisconsin football program, he quickly assembled an impressive cast of assistants, some of whom worked under him at Cincinnati. 

One of Fickell’s top priorities was bringing Brady Collins, Pat Lambert, and Max Stienecker to run Wisconsin’s strength and conditioning program and recruiting departments, respectively. 

As far as on-field coaching assistants, defensive coordinator Mike Tressel and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Colin Hitschler were also at the top of his internal wishlist to join him in Madison. 

And even though the Badgers have yet to play a game under the new regime, coach Hitschler has quickly made a name for himself as a rising star in the industry

How do you do that without playing a game, you ask? On the recruiting trail, that’s how. Since joining the Wisconsin football program in January, Hitschler has been crushing it as the lead recruiter on East Coast — where he was born and raised. 

Wisconsin Football Has a Dynamic Recruiter on the Badgers Coaching Staff.

In his eight months working for the Wisconsin football program, Colin Hitschler has had the proverbial hot hand on the recruiting trail.

Currently, Wisconsin has the No. 23 recruiting class in the country and 20 players committed in the 2024 class. And Hitschler has played a significant role in the Badgers climbing the charts.

Seven of the 20 players mentioned above and three of the seven committed four-star prospects had Hitschler serving as their lead recruiter.

Those players are ️four-star running back Dilin Jones (Maryland), four-star offensive tackle Kevin Heywood (Pennsylvania), four-star cornerback Omillio Agard (Pennsylvania), three-star safety Raphael Dunn (New Jersey), three-star guard Ryan Cory (Pennsylvania), three-star safety Kahmir Prescott (Pennsylvania), and three-star tailback Gideon Ituka (Maryland).

“The tradition of success on the East Coast here [Wisconsin] and the ability to play for these fans and in this environment sells itself,” coach Hitschler told BadgerNotes.

With that haul under his belt, 247Sports has him listed as the No. 18 recruiter in the country and No. 8 in the Big Ten, according to their industry-generated recruiting rankings.

His ranking is even more impressive, considering the top 15 consists of top-tier recruiting programs like Georgia, USC, Penn State, Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, and Michigan.

Hitschler positioning himself this high on the recruiting rankings list is a tremendous sign for the Wisconsin football program and its direction under Luke Fickell and his staff. The Badgers found a good one in Colin Hitschler.

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