- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Recruits: 24 (all high school seniors, one enrolled early). Wisconsin also signed six preferred walk-ons.
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.
What Bret Bielema said:
"We expected to take four DBs, which we did. We expected to take three linebackers, so we oversigned by one there. And then the defensive line, it was just an exceptional year for us to get kids on campus and get an opportunity to recruit them. I'm really pleased with the progress there. And then on the offensive side, we had smaller numbers, but we went after specific targets and were able to get them."
"Obviously, Dallas Lewallen, the young man from Wisconsin, fits our mode, and then Robbie Havenstein comes our way from Maryland, but in reality, his mom and dad were born and raised in Michigan, Midwest people through and through. They really fit into what we try to do offensive-line wise. And then with the tight ends, same deal. Manasseh [Garner] is more of a Travis Beckum, Lance Kendricks type, and Sherard [Cadogan] is more of a Garrett Graham type, he can do a lot of different things."
"Frank [Tamakloe] was a kid who came in during the summer and went on a whirlwind tour, looked at a lot of places that had great academics and a good football reputation. We're excited to get him in here, especially the inroads we're making in that part of the country [Washington D.C.]."
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