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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wisconsin recruiting analysis

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Wisconsin Badgers

The class

Recruits: 24 (all high school seniors, one enrolled early). Wisconsin also signed six preferred walk-ons.

Top prospects: Safety Frank Tamakloe was on the fringes of the ESPNU 150 rankings. Defensive tackle Beau Allen could be a force on the defensive line very early in his career.

Sleepers: Offensive lineman Joe McNamara, a late arrival to the class, could end up being a steal. Another late arrival, wide receiver Isaiah Williams from Miami, provides a big target for the quarterback.

Needs met: Wisconsin needed defensive tackles and got three of them, including Allen. The Badgers also addressed the secondary with four defensive backs, including Tamakloe and Peniel Jean.

Analysis: For the second consecutive year, Wisconsin has to feel very good about its recruiting class. Rankings don't matter to Bret Bielema and his assistants, who got a lot out of unheralded young players in 2009 and likely will do so again in 2010. The Badgers added depth in the defensive backfield and the offensive line, filled a need on the interior defensive line and picked up another quarterback in Joseph Brennan. This was an unusually good year for in-state recruiting, and Wisconsin capitalized at home before polishing off the class with Florida prospects.

Scouts Inc. grade: C

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