The Wisconsin football recruiting department has been hard at work since Athletic Director Chris McIntosh hired Head Coach Luke Fickell. Even though July is the dead period for visits, there is plenty of college football recruiting news.
Wisconsin football is looking to seal the deal with several top targets in the 2024 recruiting class. Fickell and defensive coordinator Mike Tressell have attempted to bring their reputation of coaching-up defensive backs (like they did with Sauce Gardner in Cincinnati) to Madison. With a four-star defensive back target set to make his commitment, will that reputation be enough?
Wisconsin Football Recruiting: Crystal Ball for Kaj Sanders Big Ten Rival
Kaj Sanders is announcing his commitment on Saturday, July 8th. In May, he named a list of “the main 10 schools [he] will be focusing on” when deciding. Those schools are Notre Dame, Syracuse, Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State, Michigan State, North Carolina, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Miami. This week, Rutgers Wire reported, “North Carolina, Rutgers, South Carolina, and Wisconsin are the final four to make the cutdown for Sanders.”
— Kaj Sanders (@kajsanders_) June 6, 2023
According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, the defensive back prospect is a four-star talent rating. The six-foot-one-inch 185-pound athlete also plays running back and runs track at the high school level. For the Bergen Catholic High School Crusaders, he recorded 39 total tackles and three interceptions (including one pick-six) in ten games his junior season.
Wisconsin football initially offered Sanders a scholarship under interim head coach Jim Leonhard. Fickell’s staff continued to recruit the New Jersey native who visited UW at the end of May.
Two days ahead of Sanders’ commitment, 247Sports Director of Football Recruiting Steve Wiltfong entered a Crystal Ball prediction for Sanders to commit to Rutgers.
Wisconsin Football Recruiting: State of the 2024 Class
UW has bolstered its 2024 class this summer and is now up to 16 commitments. The Badgers added a four-star cornerback and four-star offensive lineman within the past week.
Fickell’s first full class currently ranks 26th nationally and eighth in the Big Ten. Wisconsin football trails conference foes (beginning with the top-ranked class) Ohio State, Michigan, USC, Penn State, Nebraska, Purdue, and Minnesota. The Gophers currently rank one spot ahead of the Badgers in the Big Ten and hold 24 verbal commitments.