College Football Recruiting 2012: A Look at Wisconsin's 2012 Commitments

Thomas ChristianContributor IIIDecember 24, 2011

College Football Recruiting 2012: A Look at Wisconsin's 2012 Commitments

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    Bret Bielema and his coaching staff are assembling a very solid class in Madison. It is not a particularly large class, but the Badgers are filling needs.

    What sticks out is the lack of offensive linemen from Wisconsin. While some would find that troublesome, Wisconsin's ability to develop linemen has given them the ability to recruit that position nationally.

    Here is a look at Wisconsin's 12 current commitments for 2012.

Vince Biegel, OLB

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 205 pounds

    Rivals: 4-star recruit ranked fifth at his position and 92nd overall

    Scout: 4-star recruit ranked 23rd at his position

    Vince Biegel is a homegrown product from Wisconsin Rapids. His father, Rocky Biegel, was a former linebacker for BYU, and his son chose the Badgers over his alma mater.

    Biegel was recently named to USA Today's High School All-American team, as he posted 172 tackles, 21 sacks and three interceptions in 2011.

J.J. Denman, OT

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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 305 pounds

    Rivals: 4-star recruit ranked 34th at his position

    Scout: 4-star recruit ranked 18th at his position

    J.J. Denman is a mammoth that Wisconsin plucked from Pennsylvania. He was recently honored with selection to the USA Today High School All-American team.

    Perhaps Denman's best attribute is his "mean-streak." It is well-publicized how competitive of a player he is.

    Most impressively, Denman has not allowed a sack in two years, and will be next in the impressive line of great offensive linemen for the Badgers.

Kyle Dodson, OT

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 310 pounds

    Rivals: 4-star recruit ranked 20th at his position and 174th overall

    Scout: 4-star recruit ranked 25th at his position

    Kyle Dodson remains the most intriguing prospect for the Badgers because of his commitment status.

    The 6'6", 310-pound tackle from Ohio grew up an Ohio State fan and has recently shown an increased interest in Ohio State following the hire of Urban Meyer.

    Ohio State is not the only player involved, too. Dodson has also visited Auburn and is planning on visiting USC after the new year.

    Based on perception, it seems Dodson is a goner. However, he still remains committed to the Badgers.

Hugs Etienne, DB

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 175 pounds

    Rivals: 3-star recruit

    Scout: 2-star recruit

    Hugs Etienne is a 5'11", 175-pound defensive back from Plantation, Fla. He is a rising prospect who may see his rankings rise on Rivals and Scout.

    Coach Charlie Partridge told Etienne that he would stay at cornerback because he has great footwork and great coverage.

Arthur Goldberg, DT

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 270 pounds

    Rivals: 3-star recruit ranked 38th in Pennsylvania

    Scout: 3-star recruit ranked 75th at his position 

    Arthur Goldberg is an underrated prospect from Pittsburgh. The 6'4", 270-pound defensive tackle gave Wisconsin an oral commitment over the summer.

    Goldberg is another recruit with a competitive edge and a mean-streak. He told a Pittsburgh recruiting service: "I'm probably one of the meanest S.O.B.'s you'll ever meet. If I hit you, you're going to go down. I just like to hit. That's my thing."

Bart Houston, QB

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 200 pounds

    Rivals: 3-star recruit ranked 12th at his position and 43rd in California

    Scout: 4-star recruit ranked 4th at his position

    Bart Houston was named after Bart Starr, and he is the highest-rated quarterback the Badgers have ever received a commitment from.

    Houston is a 6'4" signal-caller who plays for powerhouse De La Salle High School in California. He turned heads following his workouts at camps, including the Elite 11 quarterback camp.

    Houston said he chose the Badgers because of the Wisconsin's academic standards and team-first mentality. 

Vonte Jackson, RB

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    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 175 pounds

    Rivals: 4-star recruit ranked 19th at his position and second in Wisconsin

    Scout: 4-star recruit ranked 27th at his position

    Vonte Jackson is a 6-foot running back from Kenosha, Wisc. He will join the Badgers in 2012 where he will again be teammates with current Badger freshman Melvin Gordon.

    Badger fans are eager to see Jackson in uniform since his senior season ended during Kenosha Bradford's first game due to a torn ACL.

    As a junior, Jackson accumulated nearly 1,000 yards on the ground on just 70 carries. He also caught 13 passes for 277 yards. Of those receptions, almost one-quarter of them went for touchdowns.

Reggie Love, WR

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 200 pounds

    Rivals: 3-star recruit

    Scout: 3-star recruit ranked 153rd at his position

    Reggie Love played his first-year of football as a senior in Plantation, Florida. He is a dynamic athlete that is also a tremendous basketball player.

    One of the best wide receivers in the Palm Beach area was Angelo Jean-Louis, a 4-star prospect that committed to Miami. Though some would argue that Love had the more productive season.

    Love is an inexperienced, yet very talented prospect. Expect him to bloom into a productive receiver in a few years.

Reggie Mitchell, ATH

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    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 175 pounds

    Rivals: 3-star recruit

    Scout: 3-star recruit ranked 133rd at his position

    Reggie Mitchell is a QB/DB for his high school team, but projects to be a defensive back at the next level.

    Mitchell is a bit under the radar since his only other offers were courtesy of Villanova and Duquesne. The Badgers' coaching staff must have seen something other programs didn't.

D.J. Singleton, S

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 220 pounds

    Rivals: 3-star recruit ranked 22nd at his position and 16th in New Jersey

    Scout: 4-star recruit ranked 14th at his position

    D.J. Singleton is a physical specimen who stands at 6'3" and 220 pounds, and runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. He represents the type of defensive back Wisconsin traditionally does not land.

    Following his visit to Madison, Singleton really enjoyed the city and especially felt comfortable with Bret Bielema at the helm of the Badgers' program.

Dan Voltz, OG

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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 290 pounds

    Rivals: 4-star recruit ranked fifth at his position and 153rd nationally

    Scout: 4-star recruit ranked sixth at his position

    Dan Voltz is a 6'5", 290-pound lineman who plays offensive tackle in high school, but projects to be a guard at the next level.

    His coach said of Voltz:

    "He's got that nasty (mentality), he's a finisher. When people saw him on film, from Wisconsin all the way down to Alabama, and even all the way up to Oregon, that's what people saw. I can't tell you how many (coaches) I spoke to, that said, 'We've seen 250-odd kids on film and he's the best one.'"

Walker Williams, OT

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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 320 pounds

    Rivals: 3-star recruit ranked 55th at his position and sixth in Washington

    Scout: 3-star recruit ranked 63rd at his position

    Walker Williams is a mammoth offensive tackle who stands at 6'7" and weighs near 320 pounds. He chose Wisconsin over a number of Pac-12 schools that included Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah and Washington.

    Williams had this to say about the Wisconsin program:


    "'I really enjoyed pretty much every aspect of the program, from the coaches to the players to the school,' Williams said. 'Coaches are down to earth and probably one of my favorite coaching staffs. I do like their style of play. I wish they passed a little bit more, but if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. If you can score 70 points running the ball 90 percent of the time, go do it.'"