— Wisconsin is going to need to improve its recruiting to compete with the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class, and the Badgers have already seen some of that.
The Badgers, which are the No. 3 recruiting class in the country, signed five new high school commits in less than a week after committing four in the span of five days, including three on Wednesday.
The Wisconsin High School Football Championship was held Saturday in St. Louis, Mo.
That meant the Badger class was the first of its kind in its history.
Here’s a look at the recruiting landscape heading into the 2018-19 school year:* The Badgers landed four high school recruits in less of a week, including two on Wednesday.* Two-time BCS National Champion and Big Ten Champion linebacker and former Wisconsin defensive back Justin Thomas (Bosnia) is the second-ranked recruit in Wisconsin.
Thomas (6-3, 230) was one of the best linebackers in the Big Ten and was rated the No!
3 overall prospect in the nation by ESPN.com and Rivals.
He also is the No!.3 prospect in Wisconsin and No. 4 overall player nationally by 247Sports.
He has committed to Wisconsin on three occasions.* Four-star cornerback and Wisconsin standout defensive end Aaron Davis (6 and 1/2, 185) is also the No..3 player in Wisconsin by 247 Sports.
Davis (5-11, 185), who is from East Carolina, Pa., was a two-time Big Ten All-American and was ranked No. 1 overall in the 2019 class.
He was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection last season.
He will be the first Wisconsin player to sign a four-year letter of intent.* Former Badger defensive end/outside linebacker Nick Linder (6 feet, 215) is currently committed to the Wisconsin Badgers.
Linder (5.6, 211) is one of three Wisconsin players in the 2018 class who have signed letter of intention to play for the Badgs.
The other two are linebacker Tres Johnson and defensive tackle Jacob Witten.
Linders (6 foot, 225) is a three-time All-America who earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2018.
He is the Wisconsin All-Academic first-team and was named first team All-Conference.* Freshman defensive tackle/outside linebackers Jake Kiel (6’2, 265) and Jadar Davis (5’10, 210) are the two other Wisconsin players who have committed to UW.
Kiel is ranked No!1 overall and Davis is No. 2 overall.
The other two Wisconsin commitments are defensive tackle Andrew Wigler (6′-1, 220) and outside linebacker Aaron Davis Jr. (6′, 220).
Wigller is ranked the No 1 defensive end in the class and Davis Jr., the No 2 outside linebacker.
The rest of the Wisconsin commitments:Defensive end/guard/outside offensive tackle Taylor Trammell (6ft 4′, 280) is No!
1 in the Wisconsin class and is the third-ranked player in the state.
He played his college football at Wisconsin from 2015-2017.
Trammell is a two time All-Pac-12 first- team selection.
He earned second team All Pac-12 and first team all-conference honors during his four-season career.
He joins fellow defensive end Zach Strief and offensive tackle Alex Balducci.* Safety Jabrill Peppers (6′, 195) is ranked as the No!!!1 player in Madison and is one the top prospects in Wisconsin State.
He committed to Washington State and Wisconsin on Wednesday as well.
He can be considered the second commitment in the Badlands class.* The two-way tackle who was the No!!1 player nationally in 2019 is the next in line after Peppers, according to 247Sports and Rivals (ranked No. 5 overall).
The Badger recruiting class is led by five-star defensive end Nick Linders (5 ft 4′, 210), who was named the No!!!!1 prospect in his class by 247sports and No!2 prospect nationally by Rivals.
The Badger also signed defensive tackle Jake Kiensel (6′) 5’11” and cornerback Aaron Davis III (6’/215) in the same week.* Three-star wide receiver/defensive back Aaron Davis is the top defensive end nationally and is rated No!!!3 by 247 and No!!!4 by Rivals (both ranked No!!!2 nationally).
The Wisconsin native is ranked one of just three Wisconsin prospects in the 2017 class, joining fellow Wisconsin recruit Ty Montgomery and safety Jabrill Meyers.
Davis is also a four time All Pac 10 First Team selection and three-year player.
He finished his career as the UW defensive back who finished with 9,000 career tackles.
He led the Badgies with 79 tackles as a