Andersen welcomes 2014 recruiting class
Badgers get athleticism and depth
MADISON — Coach Gary Andersen hopes he’s added speed and athleticism at receiver and defensive back in his first recruiting class after a full year on the job at Wisconsin.
The secondary is one area where playing time might be immediately available come spring ball with two starting spots open. The Badgers brought in four recruits there.
The secondary was exposed a bit in Wisconsin’s season-ending upset loss to Penn State.
The Badgers lost one of the Big Ten’s top receivers in Jared Abbrederis and struggled to get production from others at the position.
Consensus four-star prospect Dareian Watkins from Ohio is one of five receiver signees.
Four-star prospect D.J. Gillins out of Florida is described as a dual-threat quarterback. He’s already enrolled at Wisconsin.
Football signees announced Wednesday by Wisconsin, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown.
Beau Benzschawel, ol, 6-5, 280, Grafton (Wis.) HS
Taiwan Deal, rb, 6-1, 225, Dematha HS, Capitol Heights, Md.
Michael Deiter, ol, 6-5, 310, Genoa HS, Curtice, Ohio
D’Cota Dixon, cb, 5-11, 190, New Smyrna Beach HS, Oak Hill, Fla.
T.J. Edwards, olb, 6-0, 230, Lakes Community HS, Lake Villa, Ill.
Lubern Figaro, s, 6-1, 185, Everett (HS) Mass.
Rafael Gaglianone, k, 6-0, 220, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor HS, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jaden Gault, ol, 6-6, 310, Monona Grove HS, Cottage Grove, Wis.
D.J. Gillins, qb, 6-3, 185, Ribault HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
Billy Hirschfeld, dl, 6-6, 270, Hartland Arrowhead HS, Okauchee, Wis.
Austin Hudson, s, 6-2, 190, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.
Natrell Jamerson, wr, 6-0, 175, Vanguard HS, Ocala, Fla.
Chris Jones, wr, 6-2, 190, Dematha HS, Baltimore
Micah Kapoi, ol, 6-4, 305, Kapolei (Hawaii) HS
Caleb Kinlaw, rb, 5-9, 190, Goose Creek (S.C.) HS
Jacob Maxwell, ol, 6-6, 280, Greendale (Wis.) HS
George Panos, ol, 6-5, 290, Arrowhead HS, Hartland, Wis.
Jeremy Patterson, dl, 6-3, 285, Wayne County HS, Screven, Ga.
George Rushing III, wr, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Miramar, Fla.
Krenwick Sanders, wr, 6-2, 190, Wayne County HS, Jesup, Ga.
Conor Sheehy, dl, 6-4, 275, Marquette HS, Milwaukee
Derrick Tindal, cb, 5-11, 180, Boyd Anderson HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Ula Tolutau, rb, 6-2, 235, Salt Lake City East HS, Glendale, Utah
Serge Trezy, s, 6-1, 200, Agape Christian HS, Eastern Arizona JC, Orlando, Fla.
Dareian Watkins, wr, 6-1, 200, Galion (Ohio) HS