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Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wisconsin recruiting analysis

By Adam Rittenberg

WISCONSIN BADGERS

The class

Recruits: 20 (all high school seniors, one player enrolled early)

Top prospects: A.J. Jordan is a four-star prospect ranked by ESPN Recruiting as the nation's No. 40 receiver. The Badgers snared another talented running back in Melvin Gordon, who looks to follow in the footsteps of standout freshmen like James White and P.J. Hill. Defensive end Jesse Hayes and linebacker Jake Keefer should provide depth on defense.

Needs met: The Badgers will lose a lot in the secondary after 2011, and they addressed the area by signing five defensive backs. They also bolstered their pass-catching/blocking spots with two wide receivers and four tight ends. The absence of a quarterback in this class could hurt Wisconsin if Jacoby Brissett decides to sign elsewhere.

Analysis: Although Wisconsin didn't make a huge splash toward the end of the recruiting cycle, it brings in a decent class that addresses areas like the secondary. The Badgers collected some solid in-state prospects including Gordon, who originally committed to Iowa. It's fair to have expected a little more from Wisconsin after a Rose Bowl appearance, but Bret Bielema and his staff have shown they can develop players very well.

ESPN Recruiting grade: C+