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2017 Wisconsin Recruiting: Can Wisconsin Turn The Championship Game Appearance Into Good Recruiting?

How will Paul Chryst use the Championship game appearance on the trail? Can they use their limited scholarship space to find playmakers?

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This is a recurring feature leading up to National Signing Day where we will preview each teams recruiting class and who each team’s best recruit is and who can make an immediate impact. We’ll go in order from worst to first based on 2016 standings. All ratings come from the 247 composite rankings.

Where do they stand?

Wisconsin currently ranks 42nd in the nation, 8th in the Big Ten, and 3rd in the Big Ten West. Wisconsin has a total of 16 commitments, 6 of which are early enrollees (2 CBs, 2 DEs, QB, OG).

How does the class breakdown?

Wisconsin has taken 9 players on offense, 6 on defense, and one long snapper. It’s like the entire Big Ten West has a competition to ensure they take a special teams player in this class. Here is the positional breakdown:

  • QB: 1
  • RB: 1
  • WR: 2
  • TE: 2
  • OL: 3
  • DL: 3
  • DB: 3
  • LS: 1

And the full class, via 247 sports:

Is the talent any good?

Yes. Wisconsin’s average recruit is a .8558 average on 247 Composite, or right in the middle 3 star. While this doesn’t appear to be much, Wisconsin has pulled recruits where they need them and hit quality where they may need early contributions.

Are they targeting anyone else?

Without doing a hardcore analysis on Wisconsin scholarship space, not really. Wisconsin has a lot of young players on their team and not a large senior class leaving, so this is a smaller class for them. They’ve hit positions of need (OG, secondary) with early enrollees so Wisconsin fans should be happy.

Can anyone make an early impact?

Kayden Lyles could crack the two deep as a true freshman or any of the corners in the class could see playing time seeing how Wisconsin was really lacking for depth if anyone in the secondary went out this year.

Up next: Michigan