April 24, 2009

Spring Evaluation: Wisconsin's Top 25

With spring evaluation now in full swing, BadgerBlitz.com thought it would be fitting to rank the top 20 prospects in the state of Wisconsin for the class of 2010.

These rankings will be re-evaluated throughout the process; this list is subject to change.

1 Will Hagerup, P Yes, a punter holds the No. 1 spot on our list heading into spring evaluation. Will Hagerup, the younger brother of Indiana punter Chris Hagerup, has turned heads early in the process as he raked in offers from all over the country, most notably from the defending national champion Florida Gators. 2nd to 3rd round
2 Mike Hardy, SDE Hardy erupted onto the scene in early March. With offers currently on the table from Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin, its obvious Hardy is a hot commodity in the Midwest. Hardy was a member of Kimberly's back-to-back D2 state championships in 2008 and 2009. 4th through 6th round
3 Konrad Zagzebski, LB/DE It's already been a world-wind process for Zagzebski, who had originally committed to Tim Brewster in late January, but had since decommitted from the Gophers to give his verbal pledge to the Wisconsin Badgers. Zagzebski, coming off of an ACL injury, has been cleared to participate in track and will be 100 pecent come fall. Expect big things from this monstrous linebacker in 2010, Undrafted, potential free agent
5-foot-10, 220 pounds, 4.61, 15 Matt Eggen, OT Eggen, already with a handful of offers, has been nipping at the heels of a BCS scholarship for quite some time. An enormous offensive tackle, Eggen will likely see the Big Ten come calling this summer. Many anticipate the offers to continue rolling in throughout the spring and summer. 6th to 7th round or free agent
5 Zach Epping, DT A talented two-way standout, Epping has seen a number of scholarship offers come his way early in the process. With a Big Ten offer already in-hand from Minnesota, Epping has been traveling the Midwest visiting a number of college campuses. With summer just around the corner, one could expect Epping to land a few more Big Ten offers after participating in one-day camps. 5th through 7th round
6 Marquis Mason, WR Mason is a classic example of the word "potential". A stand-out on the hardwood, where he received a few mid-major offers, Mason set out on a mission to prove himself on the gridiron. After playing football for the first time since his childhood last fall, Bret Bielema noticed Mason's potential and offered him a scholarship from the Wisconsin Badgers 4th through 6th round
7 Tom Parish, QB
Parish, who has committed to Minnesota, leads one of the states top high school programs. Arrowhead, who relies heavily on the run, has been a main-stay when it comes to the Wisconsin Division I state championship game. Although the offense used at Arrowhead limits Parish's throwing ability, it doesn't take much to notice his athletic ability. Undrafted, potential free agent
8 Marcus Trotter, LB Marcus, twin brother of Michael, has already made spring trips to Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, and Northwestern. Although he has yet to receive an offer, expect Trotter's recruitment to pick up speed after camping at a few BCS programs. Marcus will most likely be part of a package deal with his brother Michael. Undrafted, potential free agent
9 Trey Demler, QB Although small in stature, Demler has a rocket for an arm. Had it not been for his size, one would expect Demler to have a list of offers heading into summer. With Western Michigan, North Dakota State, and Northern Illinois on the verge of offering; anticipate offers to come sooner rather than later for the state's leading passer. Undrafted, potential free agent
10 Leighton Settle, RB After rushing for 1,842 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior, this star running back has already seen a scholarship offer extended from Fresno State of the WAC. Leighton, son of Badgers running back coach John Settle, is expected to have a huge senior season for the Regents. Undrafted, potential free agent
6-foot-5, 263 pounds, 4.87, 18 Matt Shaughnessy, DE/OLB His versatility is intriguing at both end an outside backer. Shaughnessy battled some family tragedy during his final year at UW but left as a three-and-a-half year starter. 4th through 6th round
6-foot-5, 328 pounds, 5.29, 28 Kraig Urbik, OG Ranked by some as one of the top three guards in the draft, Urbik should have a successful career in the NFL if he stays healthy. Will likely be the second Badger drafted after Beckum. 3rd to 4th round

The following is a report from UW's Pro Day on March 4: PRO DAY

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