Wisconsin wrapped up its 2018 recruiting class on National Signing Day by adding its 20th and final prospect to the group. Of those 20 players, four came from inside the state.
The Badgers are off to a good in-state start for the 2019 class, earning commitments from linebacker Leo Chenal (Grantsburg) and running back Julius Davis (Menomonee Falls).
So, which in-state prospects could be next in 2019? Here is a list of five targets to watch:
OL Austin Ertl
High school: Wauwatosa West
Weight: 290 pounds
Rating: 2-star, No. 6 player in Wisconsin, No. 8 center in the nation
Overview: Austin Ertl does not have a Wisconsin scholarship offer, but he’s one of the more intriguing prospects in the state because of his versatility. Ertl earned Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-state honors as a junior on both offense and defense. He was a first-team selection as an offensive lineman and an honorable-mention pick as a defensive lineman. Ertl registered 35 tackles with 15 tackles for loss, 4 1/2 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.
Ertl could play on the offensive line at Wisconsin or be a viable nose guard option. He holds scholarship offers from Buffalo and Miami (Ohio), but he has Big Ten talent. Ertl took unofficial visits during the fall to Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan State. Ertl has called Wisconsin his “dream school,” so if the Badgers offer, he could be the next in-state product to commit.
Athlete DaShaun Brown
Hometown: Racine, Wis.
High school: St. Catherine’s
Weight: 170 pounds
Rating: 3-star, No. 2 player in Wisconsin, No. 43 athlete in the country
Overview: Wisconsin offered a scholarship to DaShaun Brown before any other in-state prospect in the 2019 class. He could play multiple positions, including wide receiver or cornerback.
Brown transferred from Case High School in Racine to St. Catherine’s before his sophomore season. As a quarterback at St. Catherine’s, he threw for 1,853 yards with 23 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,087 yards with 17 touchdowns and helped his team to an 8-3 record.
As a junior, Brown continued to decimate opponents. Brown set an unofficial Racine County single-game rushing record with 402 yards on Oct. 7 in a 55-7 victory over Kenosha St. Joseph. He finished the season with 1,404 passing yards and 17 touchdowns. Brown rushed for 1,210 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 11.3 yards per carry.
Brown has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State and Western Michigan. He took an unofficial visit to Ames, Iowa, in January.
DE Reed Ryan
Hometown: Waunakee, Wis.
High school: Waunakee
Weight: 220 pounds
Rating: No rating yet
Overview: Waunakee is one of the best high school football teams in the state, and Reed Ryan serves as a huge anchor at defensive end. Ryan had an excellent junior season in which he recorded 69 tackles with 16 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble. He came up huge during Waunakee’s 14-13 victory against Brookfield Central in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 state championship game.
Waunakee trailed 13-0 in the second half when Ryan forced a fumble with a jarring hit on the first play of the fourth quarter. Waunakee took over at the Brookfield Central 14-yard line and scored three plays later to set the stage for a comeback win. Ryan finished the game with 7 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
Ryan has scholarship offers from Ball State, Buffalo and Northern Illinois. He attended camps last summer at Wisconsin and Michigan. Ryan took unofficial visits in the fall to Notre Dame, Missouri and Michigan State.
Athlete Derik LeCaptain
Hometown: Brussels, Wis.
High school: Southern Door
Weight: 210 pounds
Rating: No rating yet
Overview: Derik LeCaptain made multiple visits to Wisconsin in the fall. Although he hasn’t received any scholarship offers, LeCaptain is a solid player who will find a college somewhere.
During his junior season, LeCaptain carried 241 times for 1,176 yards with 17 touchdowns. He averaged 117.6 yards per game and 4.9 per carry. He also caught 23 passes for 265 yards and 4 touchdowns. In addition, LeCaptain recorded 62 tackles with 6 tackles for loss and 2 sacks.
DE Jake Raddatz
Hometown: Thiensville, Wis.
High school: Homestead
Weight: 240 pounds
Rating: 2-star, No. 6 player in Wisconsin, No. 65 weakside defensive end
The Raddatz family has strong ties to Wisconsin. Jake Raddatz’s dad, Craig, played defensive back and linebacker at Wisconsin in the 1980s and was a ninth-round choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1987 NFL Draft. Jake’s older sister, Claire, played on the Badgers volleyball team.
Jake Raddatz doesn’t have any scholarship offers but is drawing interest from several Big Ten schools, including Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue. Iowa State also is showing interest. Raddatz took unofficial visits to watch Wisconsin play Northwestern and Purdue.
Raddatz finished his junior season with 49 tackles, 17 for loss and 5 sacks. He tallied a season-high 10 tackles in a playoff loss to Brookfield East.
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