Re-Evaluating Wisconsin Football's 2011 Recruiting Class

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Re-Evaluating Wisconsin Football's 2011 Recruiting Class
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While there weren't too many 'can't miss' prospects in this group, former coach Bret Bielema found numerous diamonds in the rough.

When your recruiting class features twice as many 2-star recruits as 4-star players, your team will either sink or improve.  Thankfully for the Wisconsin football team, they've improved as former coach Bret Bielema found a number of 2- and 3-star rated players who have been valuable contributors to the team.

One extra piece of the Badgers recruiting class that has helped them immeasurably was the transfer of Russell Wilson, who is included in this class as he certainly was a part of the 2011 recruiting class—only that he came in with three years of experience under his belt.

The stars of this class come at running back and in the secondary, where Heisman Trophy candidate Melvin Gordon was recruited alongside Michael Caputo, who despite carrying only three stars, was excellent in 2013 for the Badgers.

Overall, the class features three 4-star players, 11 3-star players and six 2-star players.  The class was ranked No. 39 by 247 Sports and 9th in the Big Ten.  Despite this, the Badgers made two Rose Bowls since these recruits have come on campus.

Let's take a look back at Wisconsin's 2011 class and how those players performed in Madison.

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