Milwaukee Marquette junior defensive end Conor Sheehy will join what could be another strong recruiting class for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2014. Sheehy had an offer from the Michigan Wolverines and also visited Northwestern and Michigan State, but a trip to Madison last weekend clinched it all. I would not be surprised if this is just the beginning in high school football players from the state start making up their minds on where they will play next fall or the year after, whether it’s at Wisconsin or not.
Sheehy does play defensive end, although expect the Badgers to use him inside as highly touted recruits Alec James and Chikwe Obasih will anchor the end position starting next year for Wisconsin. With the two ends Obasih and James, and with Sheehy in the interior of the defensive line, the Badgers are shaping up to have one of, if not the best defenses in the Big Ten in the coming years.
Normally I’m not a big fan of juniors committing, especially just two games into their junior year. Preferably I would like to see them play through their junior year, get more exposure, take part in more summer camps, and garner more attention to possibly get more scholarship offers from other schools. I do like the logic here though as Conor could show other fellow prep football stars what they would get if they were to join him down in Madison and could sway some borderline recruits Wisconsin’s way. There are still a number of senior recruits still waiting to make their decisions, and some of those athletes are considering the Badgers. Time will tell how good this class of ’14 will be, but it looks like Wisconsin is heading in the right direction.