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.
📍University Of Wisconsin today 🦡🔴⚪️
— I’Marion_Stewart (@IMarion_Stewart) March 25, 2023
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.
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.
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.
— LeonTre “Smiley” Bradford (@estltre) March 26, 2023
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.
Great time at Wisconsin today!! Enjoyed getting up to Madison and seeing some familiar faces in new places!! @NateLetton @_maximus347 @PatLambert13 @NCEC_Recruiting @NatlPlaymkrsAca @alcoafootball pic.twitter.com/IIzgn0I9Y8
— Eli Owens (@Eli_Owens19) March 25, 2023
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.
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.
On a snowy day in Madison I got an offer to earn a degree play football and can wrestle!! Thank you @WisFBRecruiting 💪🏾🏅🏅🏅💪🏾@HilltoppersFB @JCAwrestling @BadgerWrestling @AllenTrieu @Rivals_Clint @nexgenscouting @EDGYTIM pic.twitter.com/phioeIoJO1
— Dillan M Johnson (@DillanMJohnson1) March 25, 2023
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.
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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