6. Wisconsin Badgers
5* players: 0
4* players: 2
3* players: 17
Oh what could’ve been for the Badgers. At one point UW was the second and then third best class in the 247sports Big Ten team rankings. It was all a house of cards though, as we all quickly found out UW, Gary Andersen and admissions standards didn’t mix too well.
The Badgers lost highly rated offensive tackle Sam Madden thanks to some academic dispute and then 4-star running back Jordan Stevenson’s two teammates (Takadrae Williams and X’zavie Ausborne) from South Oak Cliff either couldn’t qualify or weren’t wanted by the new coaching staff.
Given the vibe that Andersen was willing to walk the academic line, the Badgers did well to recover late in the game. Paul Chryst and his staff managed to lock down cornerback Titus Booker despite a late charge by Michigan and a host of other schools, and most importantly held on to record-breaking quarterback Austin Kafentzis.
Missing out on the likes of high 3-star linebacker Jordan Griffin (Vanderbilt) and defensive ends Nate Howard (Missouri) and Jake Pickard (Syracuse) really put a damper in what could’ve been the best class in Wisconsin history. Still, the Badger managed to pull out some magic at the end and land 4-star safety/outside linebacker Arrington Farrar out of Atlanta, Ga. and that was no small feat.
There isn’t much wrong with the class on the whole, it’s just that we know what could’ve been and it could’ve been really special had it all stayed together.