By Adam Roberts – 12/17/2020
For the third straight year, Wisconsin football is bringing in a historically good recruiting class.
On National Signing Day ’21 yesterday, the Badgers appropriately brought in 21 new scholarship signees. The class was ranked 16th in the nation by 247 Sports and 15th by Rivals, both the highest in school history for either site. Highlights of the class include:
- Jake Ratzlaff, OLB, Rosemount, MN – Ratzlaff was named the 2020 Metro Football Player of the Year, and also was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and finalist for Minnesota Mr. Football. The four-star linebacker also is a captain for the U.S. U-18 Men’s Hockey Team.
- Deacon Pe’a Hill, QB, Santa Barbara, CA – The Polynesian Bowl All-Star threw for 3,102 yards and 33 TDs as a junior and also ran for 13.
- Hunter Wohler, DB, Muskego, WI – The class features a number of in-state talent, including the four-star Wohler who had 78 total tackles, 2 picks, and forced a fumble for 9-0 Muskego. Wohler also was named the Associated Press’s Wisconsin Player of the Year for the second consecutive year and is a three-time first-team all-state athlete.
- Skyler Bell, WR, Bronx, NY – One of the fastest recruits in the class, the wideout from the NYC borough caught 36 passes for 549 yards and 8 TDs in his junior season.
- Jake Chaney, ILB, Cape Coral, FL – The linebacker corps gets a big boost from the Florida District 7A Player of the Year who recorded 100 total tackles as a junior, including 10 tackles for loss.
- JP Benzschawel, OL, Grafton, WI – Another member of the Benzschawel Klan will join Wisconsin for 2022, and it should be no surprise given the talent in the program with that last name that he is a four-star talent.
- Ayo Adebogun, OLB, Mequon, WI – More in-state talent for the defense, and it comes courtesy of the Tim Krumrie Award winner for outstanding defensive lineman. Adebogun recorded 52 tackles, 21 for loss, and 7.5 sacks his senior year.
And that’s just a sample of the 21 new Badgers. It’s safe to say with proper development, Wisconsin will remain a contender for the short-term future.