Wisconsin Football Recruiting: 5 Commits, Top Targets to Watch at 'The Opening'
Nike's The Opening is always one of the biggest events on the recruiting calendar, with 162 players coming to this year's edition of the camp held in Oakland, California. The Wisconsin football team has no commits headed to the camp but a number of targets set to workout there.
The Badgers' recruiting has picked up since they brought Coach Gary Andersen on board, so their lack of a commitment among this group is a bit disappointing. However, it is not all together surprising.
With much of the Badgers' recruiting effort focused on the Midwest, where very few players invited to the camp live, one cannot be too surprised.
The Badgers have signed eight players thus far, and here are five more who are attending The Opening that the Badgers would love to sign.
Kahlil McKenzie 5-Star DT
Kahlil McKenzie is a 6'4", 330-pound defensive tackle from De La Salle-Concord who is transferring to Clayton Valley Charter-Concord, in Concord, California. He is a 5-Star defensive tackle. He is ranked second at his position and 10th overall by 247Sports.
McKenzie is probably down to his final pair of schools, Arizona and Tennessee, with the smart money going on the Volunteers. However, the Badgers are still in play for the massive defensive tackle.
Last season, the Badgers missed out on Craig Evans after he committed, decommitted, recommitted and then finally signed with Michigan State. McKenzie would make the Evans debacle seem like the distant past.
Ben Humphreys 4-Star LB
Ben Humphreys is a 6'3", 210-pound linebacker from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. He is a 4-Star outside linebacker ranked seventh at his position by 247Sports.
The Badgers do not have any outside linebackers signed for 2015, nor do they have any coming in 2014. Humphreys would be a huge get. While he is a bit undersized, he can bulk up with the Badgers and he has the intangibles one looks for in a linebacker that cannot be taught.
While the Badgers are likely a long shot for acquiring the services of the Mater Dei linebacker, they do have his teammate and ace recruit Kyle Penniston on board, and that may help the Badgers case.
Quarte Sapp 4-Star LB
Quarte Sapp is a 6'2", 203-pound linebacker from Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia. He is a 4-Star outside linebacker ranked 22nd at his position by 247Sports.
Ever since the Badgers brought Thomas Brown on board as running back coach, the team has made a concerted push into the state of Georgia for recruits. 2014 saw Krenwick Sanders and Jeremy Patterson both head north from Georgia to Madison, and the coaching staff hopes to do the same with Sapp.
Sapp has a good first step but is not the quickest player on the field. He can play all three downs. Sapp would be a huge get for the Badgers as they look to improve both their talent level at the linebacker position and also look into making inroads within the state of Georgia.
Semisi Uluave 4-Star OL
Semisi Uluave is a 6'5", 315-pound offensive lineman from Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a 4-Star recruit ranked 13th at offensive guard by 247Sports.
Uluave has more than a dozen offers, from mostly Pac-12 schools. Badgers assistant Chad Kauha'aha'a is hot on the trail for this highly-touted offensive lineman. He is a better pass-blocker than run-blocker, though his size and strength can help him become a better lead-blocker.
With the Badgers lengthy offensive lineman tradition, paired with their desires to break into Hawaii as a recruiting ground, the Badgers chances are not too bad. However, it is tough to pry players from Hawaii away from a warm climate into the frozen tundra that is Madison. Here's to hoping he visits during the summer.
Breiden Fehoko 4-Star DT
Breiden Fehoko is a 6'3", 290-pound defensive tackle from Farrington High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a 4-Star defensive tackle. He is ranked 10th at his position, second in Hawaii and 50th overall by 247Sports.
Fehoko is an absolute monster, racking up more than 100 tackles and 24.5 sacks while also recording 12 forced fumbles last season alone. With that being said, Fehoko is committed to Texas Tech.
Fehoko is being pursued by a number of teams despite his commitment, holding numerous offers from a variety of top programs including the Badgers, Alabama, Oklahoma and more.
The Badgers likely will not be able to get the second best player from Hawaii but he's certainly someone to keep an eye on.