Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin football program earned a huge win on the recruiting trail by securing a commitment from four-star RB Dilin Jones on Friday.
The Maryland native took to Twitter to announce his commitment.
— Dilin Jones (@DilinJones) July 14, 2023
According to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, Jones is the No. 178 player in the nation, the No. 13 RB, and the No. 5 player in Maryland. Jones became the highest-rated prospect in UW’s 2024 class with his commitment.
Here’s a look at the newest Badger’s game and what stands out.
Wisconsin Football Commit Dilin Jones Scouting Report
Jones was the cherry on top of UW’s running back class for various reasons. Darrion Dupree fills the need for an elusive back with breakaway speed and pass-catching ability, while Gideon Ituka is the tough, hard-nosed short-yardage back. Looking at Jones’ tape, he compliments the other two tailbacks incredibly well.
Coming from a wrestling background, Jones is a tough player to bring down. His toughness flashes on tape with his ability to bounce off tacklers and keep balance after contact. He also isn’t afraid to initiate contact by lowering his pad level and driving his legs.
He doesn’t have ludicrous speed, but his acceleration really stands out. When he hits the second level, he already has a full head of steam and isn’t afraid to take defenders head-on.
Jones excels at running between the tackles with his great vision, making it easy for him to find a seam and enter the open field. Plus, when he finds the open field, he has the ability to stop on a dime and make men miss with his elusiveness.
There are some areas to refine in Jones’ game, such as his receiving ability. However, there is some untapped potential there that could make him a standout tailback.
To cap off his scouting report, I just had to share the clip that stood out the most to me. This clip shows exactly what he brings to Wisconsin all in one.
— Jake Maier (@JakeJMaier) July 15, 2023
Jones flashed his elusiveness in the backfield, the quick acceleration, the toughness shown in his stiff arm, and staying up after being met with contact. The tools are all there, and Jones could seamlessly fit the all-purpose back role after the departures of Braelon Allen and Chez Mellusi.
Of course, Wisconsin has a history of producing top-of-the-line running back talent, which Jones acknowledged following his commitment.
“I feel like it’s RBU,” Jones told 247Sports.
With his skillset and enormous upside, Jones could be the next standout RB to come out of Madison. There will be a semi-crowded field in his freshman year, but he can rise toward the top of the pecking order if he hones his craft.
Jones is the Wisconsin football program’s 20th commitment in the 2024 cycle. As it stands, UW holds the No. 18 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports.
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Five-Star Specialist Erik Schmidt Talks Recent Wisconsin Football Visit
The Wisconsin football program recently hosted several 2025 prospects during the Badgers win over Georgia Southern.
One of those prospects was Erik Schmidt, a touted kicker/punter out of Milwaukee.
“I had a really good time,” Schmidt told BadgerNotes. “The atmosphere in Madison was great, and everybody was welcoming.”
Erik Schmidt Recaps Recent Wisconsin Football Visit
Per Kohl’s Kicking, Schmidt is a five-star specialist. The Marquette University High School standout is the No. 4 ranked kicker in the nation and the No. 1 punter.
Wisconsin was the first school to extend an offer to Schmidt and remains his sole offer. However, he has been garnering some interest from other programs.
“Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State,” Schmidt said when asked what schools he’s hearing from at the moment.
UW coaches Spencer Rymiszewski and Matt Mitchell have been Schmidt’s main points of contact following his scholarship offer. During his visit, he was able to catch up with the coaches and build relationships.
“I’d say I have a close relationship with the staff. I talk to them multiple times a week.” Schmidt said. “We talked about how my football season is going.”
It’s not just coaches who have been talking with Schmidt, however. Nathanial Vakos, the Wisconsin football program’s current placekicker, took some time to chat with Schmidt during his visit as well.
“I was able to talk with (Vakos) as well,” Schmidt told BadgerNotes. “We were just catching up because we were at a camp together this past summer.”
Wisconsin is reportedly near the top of Schmidt’s list, but he’s not in any rush to make a decision. He’s still looking to make his rounds and check out some other programs that have shown interest.
“I’m going to visit Notre Dame and Michigan,” Schmidt said. “I’ll be back in Madison for the Ohio State game.”
That’s one of several standout prospects who will be in attendance for Wisconsin’s big primetime game against the Buckeyes.
Luke Fickell and company are looking to have a scholarship kicker/punter in the 2025 class. If they are able to reel in one of the nation’s top kickers/punters, that will be a big win for the special teams group.
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Wisconsin Football: Badgers Expected to Land 2025 In-State Recruit
Luke Fickell and the Wisconsin Badgers Football program struggled to recruit America’s Dairyland in their first full cycle since taking over. That said, they’re hoping to change their fortunes in a deep group of 2025 in-state prospects.
Three-star linebacker Cooper Catalano from Germantown, Wisconsin, is arguably the top linebacker target on their board, and they have hosted him on several unofficial visits, most recently during the Badgers home game vs. Georgia Southern.
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Catalano is ranked as the No. 470 player in the nation, the No. 43 linebacker, and the No. 6 player in Wisconsin. He currently holds offers from UW, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Michigan State, and Minnesota.
His fit with Wisconsin football seems obvious, and after his latest trip to Madison, it appears that the recruiting insiders have a gut feeling about where he’ll call home.
Wisconsin Football is Trending for the In-State Linebacker
Obviously, it’s still early in Cooper Catalano’s recruitment, but all signs point to the Wisconsin Badgers Football team keeping him home.
Badgers recruiting insiders Evan Flood of 247Sports and Jon McNamara of Rivals are in lockstep and have placed predictions for the 6-foot 200-pound linebacker to commit to Wisconsin.
As it stands, Wisconsin football has verbal commitments from quarterback Landyn Locke and defensive back Remington Moss, so it would be even sweeter to add an in-state product into the mix this early.
The Badgers coaching staff has injected some life into the program on the recruiting trail, and plenty of players want a seat at the table before the spots fill up.
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In-State EDGE Nicholas McCullough Recaps Wisconsin Football Visit
Fresh off of a win over top-ranked Mukwonago, Muskego High School standout Nicholas McCullough made a stop at Camp Randall to take in the Wisconsin Badgers football program’s victory over Georgia Southern, where the
“Great visit overall,” McCullough told BadgerNotes. “The atmosphere was amazing per usual. It was great to see coach Scruggs in action.”
Nicholas McCullough Recaps Recent Wisconsin Football Visit
During his visit, McCullough spent some time building his relationships with the coaching staff. He’s been in touch with a pair of UW coaches thus far as they continue to monitor the Muskego native.
“I have a good relationship with the staff. Coach Spalding is an awesome dude, and it’s always good to see him. Coach Scruggs is an amazing coach, and we keep in touch whenever we can.” McCullough explained. “I saw them pregame and just talked about how my season is going so far.”
The Muskego standout has had an impressive season thus far. The undefeated Warriors just took down Mukwonago and have wins over other programs such as Verona, Oak Creek, and Waukesha West.
His film speaks for itself, as he’s put together quite a highlight reel through five games.
Not only is McCullough a standout on the field, but he’s an excellent student. According to his Twitter bio, McCullough currently holds a 4.0 GPA. Some schools are taking notice of his excellent academics, including some Ivy League universities.
“Duke and Ivy League (schools) such as Princeton, Penn, Columbia, and Dartmouth,” McCullough said when asked what other schools he’s hearing from.
McCullough hasn’t picked up an offer from the Badgers yet, but he is planning on another Wisconsin football visit, among some other stops.
“I’m currently working out the details for Ivy League visits. I do plan on coming back to Madison,” McCullough explained.
McCullough has a long way to go in his recruitment, but he was impressed by Wisconsin. At the end of our talk, the junior linebacker discussed what the most important thing will be when he’s choosing a school.
“Definitely the level of education. Wisconsin does a great job of having the best of both worlds. Great football team and a great education.”
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