Connect with us

FB Recruiting

Wisconsin Football to Host Fast-Rising 2026 Linebacker on Visit

The Badgers will host a 2026 linebacker on a visit this spring.



Wisconsin Badgers Football
Oct 27, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Overall view of Camp Randall Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan State Spartans and Wisconsin Badgers. Michigan State defeated Wisconsin 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Fickell and the Wisconsin football program will have one of the Badgers’ 2026 recruiting targets at linebacker on campus this spring. 

On April 9th, inside linebacker recruit Brady Ballart from Aurora, Indiana, is scheduled to take in Madison for the first time. 

“Wisconsin reached out to me a couple of months ago about coming up and how impressed they are with my film,” Ballart told Badgernotes.

As a sophomore at South Dearborn High School, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker racked up 64 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, two fumble recoveries, and an interception (pick-6), per MaxPreps. 

Ballart currently holds scholarship offers from Toledo, Miami (OH), and Ball State. He’s also taken unofficial visits to Notre Dame, Louisville, Indiana, Purdue, Toledo, Miami (OH), Ball State, and Marshall.

Wisconsin Football to Host Linebacker Brady Ballart on Visit 

Wisconsin football defensive coordinator Mike Tressel has had a relationship with Brady Ballart since his time at Cincinnati. With schools like Notre Dame, Indiana, and Wake Forest ratcheting up their efforts, the Badgers didn’t want to waste any more time reconnecting.

“The coaches have been real with me from the start and told me I’m a priority of theirs,” Ballart said. “Coach [Luke] Fickell does an amazing job developing athletes, and I could see myself being a part of that group.”

It’s easy to see what the Wisconsin Badgers like about the Indiana native.

On Tape, Ballart plays fast and is physical at the point of attack. When he decides to break on the ball, Ballart shows good closing speed, gets downhill quickly, and is a sound tackler. There is also enough film of Ballart in coverage to suggest he will thrive playing in space.

The Wisconsin football recruiting department loves finding and developing players with the size and length Ballart possesses at linebacker—so this potential pairing makes a lot of sense on paper.

“I’m looking forward to reconnecting with the coaches and seeing what Wisconsin has to offer,” Ballart said.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read our work at For more Wisconsin Badgers Athletics and Big Ten content, follow us on Twitter & Facebook. You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel. For feedback, questions, or to apply for a writing position, please email our Publisher @DillonGraff at 

Also, be sure to check out our shop, subscribe to our newsletter, and the BadgerNotes After Dark podcast, which is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all other streaming platforms. Because of your support, we have become one of the fastest-growing independent media outlets focused on giving a voice to the fans!

Dillon Graff is a Substack Newsletter Best Selling Author and the Owner of, your go-to source for in-depth coverage of the Wisconsin Badgers. His work has been featured in top media publications like USA Today, Bleacher Report, Verbal Commits, B5Q, Saturday Blitz, and Fansided.