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Wisconsin Football Recruiting: Jamel Howard Update, New Offers, More



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Sep 22, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers helmets sit on the field during warmups prior to the game against the UTEP Miners at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin defeated UTEP 37-26. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a busy couple of days for the Wisconsin football program, especially on the recruiting front, but fear not because BadgerNotes can help get you back up to speed with a roundup of some important news you may have missed. 

Wisconsin Football Still Heavily Pursuing Jamel Howard

Three-star nose tackle Jamel Howard out of Chicago, Illinois, initially committed to the Wisconsin football program in June. However, he backed off that decision when Paul Chryst was fired during the season, and the immediate future of UW was up in the air. 

Since then, Howard has picked up offers from LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, and Nebraska. He’s also taken official visits to Illinois and Michigan during that time. 

But Wisconsin has remained in the race for his services. Luke Fickell and his staff returned Howard to campus for another official visit to Madison in early December. But as of right now, he intends to weigh his options until the February signing period. 

Now that Wisconsin football hired Greg Scruggs as its new defensive line coach, things are heating back up between Howard and the Badgers. 

Scruggs reportedly went to Marist High School this past week ($) to visit the 6-foot-3, 320-pound nose tackle in person. 

Per the 247sports Composite, Howard is the No. 1,168 overall prospect in the 2023 recruiting class, the No. 124 DL in the country, and the No. 25 player in Illinois.

Worth Noting: Howard currently has several crystal ball predictions for Michigan.  

It’s no secret that Wisconsin football needs a nose tackle in the 2023 recruiting cycle, so here’s to hoping coach Fickell’s relentless efforts lead to Jamel Howard being that guy. 

If I were a betting man (and I am), I wouldn’t rule UW out in this one just yet.

Wisconsin Football Offers 4-Star IOL

This past weekend, Luke Fickell and the Wisconsin football coaching staff extended a scholarship offer to four-star interior offensive lineman William Satterwhite out of Akron, Ohio.

Per the 247sports Composite, Satterwhite is the No. 339 overall prospect in the 2023 recruiting class, the No. 19 IOL in the country, and the No. 12 player in Ohio.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound IOL currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, Pitt, Wake Forest, and several others.

“Wisconsin Blitz” 

One thing the new coaching regime has done for Wisconsin football is improve the program’s marketing. That much is undeniable. Whether it be on social media, on the road, or in the community, this staff wants everyone to know what the University of Wisconsin offers its student-athletes.

Over the holiday weekend, the coaching staff kicked off its “Wisconsin Blitz” campaign for the recruiting contact period by posting billboards of Luke Fickell surrounded by current players from those respective areas.

They also made it a point of contention to visit the local in-state high schools to make some inroads in addition to the Chicagoland area, which fit the 300-mile parameters Luke Fickell set during his introductory press conference.


This concerted effort by the Wisconsin football staff on the recruiting trail is a breath of fresh air and signifies an understanding of what it takes to compete in this new era of college football. No gesture is too small, and building brand awareness is an important step in the right direction.

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