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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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Wisconsin Football Recruiting: Top 100 Recruit “Loved” Visit to UW

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Wisconsin football hosted a number of recruits on its first day of spring practice. Tops among them was a 2025 prospect out of Tennessee. The current high school sophomore’s recruitment is quickly heating up. Fortunately for Wisconsin, head coach Luke Fickell got a head start.

Eli Owens “Loved” Visit with Wisconsin Football

Eli Owens is a four-star recruit in the 2024 class and is the 71st-ranked recruit in the country, according to 247Sports Composite. His visit to Madison was his fourth visit to various schools last week. In just five days, Owens visited Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin. A stretch he described as “a long week – great week too.”

When asked what he thought about his visit to UW, Owens excitedly said he “loved it!” The Alcoa, Tennessee native added that he appreciated “getting to see around Madison and around the facility.”

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After his visits across the midwest last week, I asked Owens what stood out about Wisconsin. Clearly, the injection of energy Badger fans have had outside of the program is running parallel to the energy within the program itself. The tight end prospect said, “everybody in the program wants Wisconsin to be great again, and nothing is going to stop them from being [a] title contender.”

One of Wisconsin’s advantages in a recruiting battle for Owens will be Fickell’s longstanding relationship with him. While Fickell was at Cincinnati, the Bearcats extended a scholarship offer to Owens in April of 2022. Owens made two visits to UC, and they clearly impressed him. With that staff coming to Wisconsin, Owens mentioned that “it was cool getting to see some of the people [he] loved at Cincy.” Building on the relationship the staff built in Cincinnati, Owens said he was able to get “a real feel of what the [Badgers’] program stands for and the changes Coach Fick can make.”

Eli Owens Recruiting Profile

The Alcoa High School sophomore has an incredible athletic profile at six-foot-two inches and 226 pounds. Owens is listed as an athlete at 247Sports, but other recruiting sites (Rivals and On3) list him as a tight end. Owens played tight end and defensive end in his most recent season.

Most of the plays in Owens’ highlight tape are snaps taken at tight end. In the passing game, he uses his impressive size and speed to beat defenders anywhere on the field. When lined up on the outside, Owens outmuscles defensive backs in the secondary. When he is targeted over the middle, Owens is a matchup nightmare who can outrace linebackers.

Along with his impressive strength comes Owens’ impeccable ability as a run-blocker. He often pushes defensive ends away from the play all the way to the sideline. Aside from his talent, it is always appreciated for a recruit to showcase their ability to do that gritty work.

Wisconsin Football Recruiting Battle for Eli Owens

Although his relationship with Fickell and his staff at Cincinnati is an advantage for the Badgers, Wisconsin has a tough battle on its hands to secure a commitment from Owens. He currently holds 14 scholarship offers, including offers from 10 Power 5 schools. His Power 5 offers include Wisconsin, Tennessee, Ohio State, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Michigan, Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Alabama.

Michigan, Wisconsin, and Tennessee appear to be the current front runners to land a commitment from Owens. Between Cincinnati and Wisconsin, he has visited with Fickell and his staff three times. Owens’ visit to Michigan this past week was his second to Ann Arbor. He has also visited with the Volunteers in Knoxville, just 20 minutes from his hometown, on four occasions.

Wisconsin Football Recruiting: State of the 2025 Class

The Badgers have yet to secure a commitment in the 2025 recruiting class. UW has extended scholarship offers to 10 tight end prospects in the class.


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Wisconsin Football Recruiting Roundup: Visitors, New Offer, More

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Wisconsin offensive linemen Riley Mahlman (left) and Barrett Nelson complete a drill during the team's first spring practice on March 25, 2023 at the McClain Center in Madison, Wis. Uw Football Spring Practice 2 March 25 2023

It was a busy weekend for the Wisconsin football program on the recruiting front, ladies and gents, 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 Badgers Hosted Top WR Target on Visit 

Spring has officially sprung, which means spring practice is upon us, and on-campus visits should start picking up in a big way for the Wisconsin football program. 

Everyone’s attention was understandably on the first practice session open to the media, but UW also had several notable visitors on campus worth discussing. 

The most notable one, in my eyes, was four-star wide receiver I’Marion Stewart out of Chicago, Illinois. 

It was Stewart’s first time returning to campus since UW’s junior day in January. Also worth noting is that Michigan appears to be the heavy favorite for the Bolingbrook High School standout. However, he’s still considering Tennessee, Oregon, Illinois, UW, Nebraska, and Mississippi. 

You can watch his HUDL film here.

With a young, talented room of pass catchers, Wisconsin can be pickier with their offers, and Stewart appears to be at or near the top of their board. It will be an uphill climb, but Luke Fickell and his staff are still very much on his radar. 

Wisconsin Football Hosted Fast-Rising 3-Star Safety

Another intriguing player the Wisconsin football program had on campus was three-star safety Leontre Bradford out of East Saint Louis, Illinois, who made his first trip to Madison. 

According to MaxPreps, the 6-foot, 185-pound S recorded 94 tackles, two sacks, two fumbles recoveries, and an interception as a junior. 

You can watch his HUDL film here

Bradford, the No. 56 safety in the country, holds Power 5 offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, Purdue, Syracuse, and Wisconsin. 

“What stood out to me about Wisconsin was how historical the visit was. They seem to have a lot of tradition there,” Bradford told BadgerBlitz.com

Wisconsin Football Targeting Elite 2025 Tight End Prospect

Already holding commitments from both of its top-of-the-board tight-end prospects in the 2024 recruiting class, the Wisconsin football staff has turned the page and is now in hot pursuit of one of the top options in 2025. 

UW hosted 2025 four-star TE Eli Owens out of Alcoa, Tennesee, on his first unofficial visit to Madison this past weekend. 

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound sophomore caught 45 passes for 501 yards and six touchdowns this past season on 11.1 yards per catch. 

You can watch his HUDL film here

For those who aren’t aware, Badgers TE coach Nate Letton has built a strong relationship with Owens, and the current coaching staff offered him over a year ago while they were at Cincinnati. 

Owens won’t be an easy recruiting battle, considering he already holds offers from Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, and others. However, the Badgers staff can put on the full-court press because UW’s set in the 2024 class. 

Other Wisconsin Football Recruiting News

During an unofficial visit to Madison this past weekend, Luke Fickell and the Wisconsin football coaching staff extended a scholarship offer to 2024 three-star defensive lineman Dillan Johnson out of Joliet, Illinois. 

The 6-foot-2, 287-pound prospect, which UW wants as a nose tackle, is also a three-time state wrestling champion at DeSales High School and is being recruited by Wisconsin in both sports. 

You can watch his HUDL film here.

Johnson currently holds offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kansas State, Missouri, Northwestern, Tulane, Washington State, Wyoming, and several others. 

It’s become apparent that DL coach Greg Scruggs and the new defensive staff values versatility among d-lineman, and someone like Johnson, who plays with some nasty, makes a ton of sense. 


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Wisconsin football extended a scholarship offer to Da’Saahn Brame on Friday. The class of 2025 tight end prospect’s recruitment has heated up in the last couple of months. Although he has not yet received a rating from any of the major recruiting outlets, Brame’s athletic build suggests he will be a talented player at the next level.

Da’Saahn Brame Recruiting Profile

Brame, just a sophomore in high school, measures-in at six-foot-six-inches and 225 pounds. His long build gives him the ability to outstretch defenders with his extended catch radius. Although his blocking ability is still a work in progress from a technical aspect, Brame possesses the strength to outmatch many defenders.

The Derby, Kansas native has deep ties to the Kansas State Wildcats. His father, Da’Von, played defensive end for the Wildcats in 1996-2000. His mother, Nicky Ramage-Brame, played basketball at Kansas State during this same timeframe. In her senior year of high school, Nicky was Miss Kansas Basketball.

Da’Saahn Brame Highlight Reel

Brame has received ten FBS scholarship offers since January. All but one are from Power 5 schools. Brame’s other scholarship offers are from Michigan, Houston, Penn State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and UAB. Brame has an unofficial visit to Oklahoma scheduled for March 25th.

Wisconsin Football Recruiting: State of the 2025 Class

Wisconsin football has yet to secure a commitment in its 2025 recruiting class. The Badgers have extended scholarship offers to nine tight end prospects in the class.

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