As the year 2009 is quickly coming to an end, it's about time for Wisconsin football fans to look to next August.
No, the Badgers haven't even completed their 2009 campaign, but with the roster Wisconsin has coming back, it's never too early to look ahead.
Although their recruiting class for the 2010 season is by no means something to salivate over, it does have a few bright spots that could contribute in the near future.
Wisconsin's 2010 recruiting class is ranked No. 38 in the nation with 13 three-star recruits. However, Wisconsin received no four or five-star commits and none of their current recruits are ranked in the top 100 nationally.
Out of 18 current commitments, six of them are slated to play on offense.
However, it's quite likely none of them will see the field next year seeing as how Wisconsin is bringing back a roster that is absolutely loaded on offense.
Leading the way for the 2010 offensive class is quarterback Joe Brennan. Brennan, out of Cherry Hill, NJ, is the 35th-best quarterback in his class according to Scout.com.
As a junior he passed for close to 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns while also rushing for 300 yards. It's very unlikely Brennan will get any action next year considering current starter Scott Tolzien will be back for his senior season and redshirt freshman Curt Phillips is next in line.
However, with the addition of Brennan, along with starter-in-waiting Phillips, depth at the quarterback position is something Wisconsin will not have to worry about for the next few years.
Although adding more running backs certainly isn't on Wisconsin's list of top priorities, they added another one for their 2010 class anyway.
Jeff Lewis, a 6-2, 200-pound slasher out out of Brookfield, Wis., adds even more depth to a rushing unit that is one of the best in the nation.
Lewis is rated as the 50th-best running back in his class and will add some burst to the Wisconsin offense. However, it could be a while before he takes the field. John Clay, Zach Brown, and Montee Ball will all sit ahead of him on the depth chart next year.
Wisconsin also added two recruits to lighten the load for the running backs: wide receiver Marquis Mason and tight end Warren Herring.
Mason, a 6-5, 215-pound giant, will be playing for his hometown team after spending the past four years playing for Madison East High School.
Although Wisconsin has significant depth at the wide receiver position, it's possible Mason could see some limited playing time next year. Nick Toon and Isaac Anderson will be the two starting receivers, but beyond that anything is up for grabs. David Gilreath has been inconsistent at the receiver position, Maurice Moore was indefinitely suspended, and Kyle Jefferson hasn't produced since his freshman year.
If Mason can impress in practice, it will be hard to redshirt someone with his size and potential.
Herring, a 6-3 tight end out of Belleville, Ill. is the one offensive recruit who has a chance to make a significant impact next year. Rated as the 20th-best tight end in the 2010 class, Herring was offered scholarships by Kansas, Kansas State, and Stanford, but chose to head north to Madison.
With the Badgers losing star tight end Garrett Graham to graduation and maybe the NFL, Herring has a chance to see some significant playing time in 2010.
Lance Kendricks will undoubtedly be the starting tight end next year, but Herring should battle backup Mickey Turner for playing time.
Wisconsin also added two behemoths to their already massive offensive line: 6-6, 295-pound Dallas Lewallen from Berlin, Wis. and 6-8, 340-pound Robby Havenstein of Frederick, Md.
In my next piece, I'll highlight next year's defensive recruits.
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