Wisconsin Football: Badger Commits Destined for Stardom

Peter RaischContributor IIINovember 29, 2012

March 7, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bret Bielema watches his seniors during pro day at the McClain Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE
Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

The 2012 season is nearing an end that is as wild as its beginning.

The Badgers have endured staff changes and still more staff changes. The team has been whittled down to its third string quarterback, while riding the play of its record-setting running back. 

While the record is anything but glowing, Bret Bielema and his team have the nearly incomprehensible opportunity to win the Big Ten. Regardless of who will hoist the roses come Saturday, Wisconsin will always have its focus on the future. 

2013 is right around the corner and the Badgers' current 18 commits are waiting in the wings to write the next chapter in the school's gridiron history.

Like any recruiting class, new players are experiments without any real guarantees. Ratings and conjecture all go by the wayside as high school phenoms either produce or pay the price. 

A survey of the incoming Badgers shows a collection of no-stars and alot-of-stars, providing fans with a recruiting mix that they are long used to in the Alvarez/Bielema era.

While it is impossible to tell from grainy YouTube clips and hometown newspaper clippings, some commits seem destined for stardom.  

Chikwe Obasih

Obasih headlines the class as a solid in-state, four-star prospect.

His 6'3" build and quick first step will make him a staple on a line that is craving a pure edge rusher to bolster a tackle-heavy line. His style and intelligence should complement current redshirt freshman Jesse Hayes.  

Sojourn Shelton

Shelton, a defensive back from powerhouse Plantation High School in Florida, has an incredibly eclectic offer list.

From Akron to West Virginia, the scholarships rolled in, before a brief commitment to the Florida State Seminoles and finally a pledge to play for the Badgers.

He plays well in coverage and has excellent recovery.

Some critics have attacked his size, but his style of play is very reminiscent of Scott Starks, the former Badger cornerback. He should have a place in a young defensive back corps that will need athletes like Shelton. 

T.J. Watt

When Watt is your last name at the University of Wisconsin, chances are you are a pretty darn good player.

The youngest of the three brothers, Watt is projected to be a tight end—like J.J. was—and owns an eerily similar frame.

As the second installment in the Watt family, Derek is transforming himself into an elite fullback, and many expect T.J. to bring the same intangibles and work ethic.

If Watt continues down the tight end track, most analysts would not bet against the Pewaukee native when it comes to becoming a star.