2012 Wisconsin football recruiting update

By Sam Zastrow

With the news this week of the Badgers landing one of the highest ranked quarterbacks in Wisconsin recruiting history, it seems like a good time to kick off what I hope will be a monthly update on the recruits they’re reeling in.

Wisconsin is off to a great start in their class of 2012 recruiting campaign, as Scout.com reports three four-star prospects and a three-star prospect have verbally committed to play for Wisconsin.

Newly signed:

OG Dan Voltz, Barrington, Ill.; 6-4, 290 lbs
Scout.com: four stars; No. 4 OG, No. 51 overall
247sports.com: four stars; No. 1 OG, No. 23 overall

Voltz received interest from every Big Ten school and a scholarship offer from all but Ohio State and Penn State. He also received offers from Alabama, Auburn and Stanford, among others. He will likely continue the Badgers’ legacy of talented offensive lineman. It’s tough to imagine the Badgers will land many players in the class of 2012 ranked higher than Voltz.

QB Bart Houston, Concord, Cal.; 6-4, 201 lbs
Scout.com: four stars; No. 7 QB, No. 77 overall
247sports.com: four stars; No. 6 pro-style QB, No. 197 overall

Houston turned down offers from UCLA, Iowa and Colorado, among others, to play for the Badgers. Scout.com reports Houston possesses great intangibles and leadership skills, a strong arm and good mobility. They cite a low release as a possible weakness. As mentioned before, Houston is one of the highest rated quarterbacks ever to commit to the Badgers. He mentioned academics, a team-first mentality and a pro style offense as reasons for committing to Wisconsin.

OLB Vince Biegel, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; 6-3, 205 lbs
Scout.com: four stars; No. 22 OLB, No. 212 overall
247sports.com: four stars: No. 22 OLB, No. 214 overall

Biegel chose the Badgers over BYU, Tennessee, Michigan and five other Big Ten schools. Both Scout.com and 247sports.com have Biegel ranked as the top player from Wisconsin in the class of 2012. He’s a bit undersized for a linebacker, but he still has plenty of time to put on weight before the Badgers will need him. I haven’t heard anything about it, but moving Biegel to safety could be an option too.

RB Vonte Jackson, Kenosha, Wis.; 6-0, 185 lbs
Scout.com: three stars; No. 27 RB
247sports.com: four stars

Jackson picked the Badgers after receiving scholarship offers from five other Big Ten schools, including Michigan State, Iowa and Minnesota. According to Scout.com, he describes himself as a “speed back,” possesses a 3.9 GPA and needs to add more weight to his frame. It seems like Wisconsin picks up at least one talented back every year, and Jackson is no exception.

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