Yesterday the Badgers added the sixth commitment to their 2015 class, but the legwork for the next crop of Baby Badgers is already being done. Thatâ€™s right; Wisconsin is getting in early in the game for the 2016 class.
Weâ€™ve already introduced you to the quarterback and running back offers, so let us continue introducing you to who are early targets for Wisconsin. This time, itâ€™s the wide receivers getting a look. With UW loading up on the 2014 class and only a scant one or two spots likely to be available in the 2016 class, Wisconsin has swung for the fences with its early offers so far.
So, letâ€™s dive in to the offers the Badgers have made to date, shall we?
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Wide Receiver Offers to Date:
Itâ€™s easy to see why Wisconsin was quick to pull the trigger on an offer for Duvernay, despite his smaller stature. One word describes this receiver â€” SPEED â€” as in straight up electric with the ball in his hands.
Wisconsin is shooting for the fences with this offer, but it could be a good player in his recruitment because of some of the groundwork theyâ€™ve already laid. Thatâ€™s because head coach Gary Anderson and the main Texas recruiter, Bill Busch, have hit Duvernayâ€™s school hard.
UW already has an offer to 2015 3-star running backÂ Devine Ozigbo, so it isnâ€™t as if Busch or anyone else in on the recruitment are foreign to Duvernay.
Early predictions are split between the usual Texas recruiting schools â€” with Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M leading the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions.
The fact is, getting a 5-star wide receiver out of Texas and up to Madison will be a daunting task. Little is known about exactly who Duvernay is favoring at this early stage, which means Wisconsin could have as good a shot as anyone to land this coveted recruit.
Mullinsâ€™ game is like holding up a virtual mirror to that of Duvernay…only Mullins has a bit more route running ability to his game at this stage of his high school career.
Wisconsin is clearly going after speed, speed and more speed in this wide receiver class â€” and who can blame them from what we see so far in 2014?
However, just like Duvernay, this could be a really tough pull for the Badgers. Mullins already owns offers from all the major in-state schools and can add the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee to the fold too. Thatâ€™s a tough group to overcome, and according to 247Sports, Mullins is warm to the likes of Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Ohio State to name a few.
Wisconsin may not end up with the Gulliver Prep standout, but getting in early canâ€™t ever hurt in these situations. I wouldnâ€™t put too much stock in to this offer being one that ends with a signature though.
With a last name like Chambers and a 6â€™2″, 200-pound frame the comparisons between Cameron and former Badger great, Chris Chambers, were inevitable. However, the two are not related.
There games are though, and one look at the tape of his sophomore season gives me memories of Chrisâ€™ days in the Cardinal and White.
Cameron has an added advantage over most receivers his age, as his dad was a wide receiver at Temple back in the day. It appears that those advantages have only made the younger Chambers work harder though.Â “Heâ€™s one of the most gifted, explosive athletes weâ€™ve had,” his Timber Creek High School coach told NJ.com. “To be 6-3 and 200 pounds as a sophomore and do the things heâ€™s done has been really, really impressive. He was really polished as a sophomore receiver, but still works hard to get better.”
Chambers racked up 57 receptions for 1,196 yards and 12 touchdowns in his sophomore season, which helped to earn him MaxPreps sophomore All-American honors, third-team All-State and the No. 16 position on the NJ.com Top 50 list.
Those are the kind of numbers you would expect from the No. 83-ranked overall player in the 247Sports composite and Top247 rankings, and also sits as the No. 15-ranked wide receiver in the 2016 class already.
Wisconsin has been one of the frontrunners since their early offer, but with the numbers Chambers has put up things have blown up. This is one recruitment the Badgers are likely to be in until the bitter end. Itâ€™s also a recruitment that Badger fans should be excited about, as landing him could be the biggest get at wide receiver since landing local product Nick Toon.
If ever there was a classic SEC-type player at wide receiver it is Nate Craig. Heâ€™s already 6â€™3″ and 205 pounds and heâ€™s not even a junior in high school yet. Plus he hails from the Tampa Bay area. In fact, Craig already has narrowed down the list of schools he is looking at to five: Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), Auburn and Ohio State.
No doubt it would be fun seeing this kind of talent in a Wisconsin uniform, but that appears highly unlikely at this point. Then again, things have a funny way of changing in recruiting these days so letâ€™s call this a 99.9 percent lock that he wonâ€™t be a Badger.
American Heritage high school coaches are getting to know the Badger coaching staff in a major way over the last few years. Snelson is the first of the 2016 offers at the school, but the third Badger offer in the upcoming classes.
Beatty offered Snelson earlier this May, and itâ€™s easy to see the potential that this receiver possesses. He sees the field well and has great open-field speed. Additionally, Snelson appears unafraid to go over the middle or play on the flanks either. Thereâ€™s a lot to like about what the early film shows on him.
The No. 180-ranked overall and No. 32-ranked wide receiver already boasts offers from Miami (FL), Clemson, Louisville, Nebraska and USC in addition to Wisconsin. Itâ€™s an impressive list for the 6â€™1″, 190-pound sophomore and one that indicates this could be a tough battle for the signature of this 4-star wide receiver.
Wide receiver coach Chris Beatty is the main recruiter, and weâ€™ve seen his efforts pay off in a big way down south already. Given the early offer and Beattyâ€™s recruiting ability this could be a sleeper offer. Only Miami (FL) is listed as “warm” on the recruiting trail, but there hasnâ€™t been a lot of chatter about this recruitment overall.
One thing is for sure; Wisconsin has planted its flag clearly in Broward county in the 2016 recruiting class. Now, will Snelson be one of the offers that become commitments?
Who Becomes a Badger (in order of likelihood):
1. Cameron Chambers
2. Dionte Mullins
3. Dredrick Snelson
4. Devin Duvernay
5. Nate Craig