Under Paul Chryst at Wisconsin, June has always been a successful month for closing in on their recruiting targets. This in large part has been due to summer official visits and camp offers. While the COVID-19 derailed all official visits, Wisconsin still had a tremendous start to the summer. Let’s look back and see just how well they did.
After Wisconsin landed their top tight end prospect, Jack Pugh, on Memorial Day and many wondered if that was the start to more commitments. It was. Archbishop Hoban High School DE/OLB Darryl Peterson announced his intentions to be a Badger over offers from Alabama, Michigan, and West Virginia. Wisconsin rarely beats Alabama for a kid that Nick Saban wants, but it happened this time. Chryst and company were one of the first to make Peterson an offer, which ended up paying large dividends.
Medford, New Jersey native Mike Jarvis committed to the Badgers over Florida State, Nebraska, and a host of others. Listed at 6’5″ 250 lbs, Jarvis is projected to play defensive end in the 3-4 defense. The composite three star isn’t the sexiest pickup for the Badgers, but is a pickup in a position of need with Isaiahh Loudermilk and Garrett Rand graduating.
Wisconsin kept their momentum going when TJ Bollers committed to UW. The composite four star chose the Badgers over Alabama, Penn St, Michigan, and others. Credit OLB coach Bobby April for playing a key role in Bollers’ recruitment. Just like with Peterson, Wisconsin was on Bollers early, building relationships and fending off Alabama and others.
UW picked up their final commitment of the month with Ricardo Hallman. Hallman will continue the South Florida defensive back pipeline to Madison. The composite three star picked Wisconsin over Penn State, Michigan, Miami (FL), and others. This was a huge commitment as Wisconsin lost out on top target Kalen King earlier in the spring. Not to mention, in order to take the next step as a program, better defensive backs are needed.
June of 2020 was one to remember. Beating out Alabama for not one but two defensive prospects is huge for a program like Wisconsin. It is a pivotal step to winning the Big Ten and competing for a spot in the College Football Playoffs.