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MADISON - With National Signing Day just hours away, Badger Nation is ranking the top ten 2013 commits.
It would be very simple to just look at player's rating and rank accordingly. But I also factored in variables such as: need, hype, and location. With a lot of good players in this class, picking the top ten wasn't the easiest task.
10, Matt Hubley (Catholic Memorial HS, Waukesha, Wis.)
Hubley had scholarship offers from Southeast Missouri, South Dakota and St. Cloud State. He also had a walk-on offer from Boise State on offense.
9, Donnell Vercher (Fresno City College, Clovis, CA)
After taking an official visit last weekend, Velcher felt UW was the right fit for him and early playing time. He had eight interceptions last season and will have two seasons of eligibility at UW.
A one-time Fresno State commit, Velcher picked the Badgers Tuesday over other favorite Syracuse. He also received an offer from Oregon State.
8, Sojourn Shelton (Plantation HS, Four Lauderdale, Fla.)
Shelton – a one-time Florida State commit - picked Wisconsin over other favorites Cincinnati, Nebraska, UCF and Wake Forest.
7, Chikwe Obasih (Brookfield Central HS, Brookfield, Wis.)
Although he's a little light now, Obasih has the frame to play at 275 pounds and be a disruptive force. He'll be fun to watch develop over the next several years as he gets coached up and learns the nuisances of the position.
Obasih picked Wisconsin over seven offers, including Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi and Vanderbilt.
6, Tanner McEvoy (Arizona Western College, Hillsdale, N.J.)
He was used in a variety of ways to take advantage of his abilities, and his coach went as far to say he is a better athlete and passer than Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein (Klein's name was associated with the Heisman throughout last season). Having played high school football in New Jersey and one year at South Carolina, McEvoy feels his experience and knowledge of offenses is one of his biggest strengths.
McEvoy picked Wisconsin over Florida, Oregon and West Virginia.
5, Garret Dooley (Rochester HS, Rochester, Ill.)
The first commit in the Wisconsin recruiting class, Dooley's skills were validated by getting a scholarship by Penn State (aka ‘Linebacker U'). Dooley will be a guy that will make a lot of plays for Wisconsin during his career.
Dooley also picked the Badgers over Illinois, Indiana, Northern Illinois and Vanderbilt.
4, Jack Keeler (Barrington HS, Barrington, Ill.)
Keeler picked Wisconsin over 17 other offers, including Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee and West Virginia.
3, Rob Wheelwright (Walnut Ridge HS, Columbus, OH)
Wheelwright has a knack for making plays, and has got even better over the last two years after spending the summer improving his body, his routes and his overall game. His high school coach says Wheelwright reminds him of a young Nick Toon, which is good considering UW needs an impact wide receiver immediately.
Wheelwright picked the Badgers offers from Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, Syracuse and West Virginia.
2, Corey Clement (Glassboro HS, Glassboro, N.J.)
A player who can turn a two-yard gain into a seven-yard gain, Clement has that ability to make people miss at the point of attack and at the line of scrimmage, which is important to minimizing negative plays. He needs to put on some weight, be stronger with the ball and tighter with his running style, but those are all things that can be easily fixed.
Clement picked Wisconsin over 14 BCS offers, including Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers.
1, Alec James (Brookfield East HS, Brookfield, Wis.)
James will have to put on some weight to build his 225-pound frame and do it the right way to keep his speed. James could be a weakside defensive end or a stand up outside linebacker, as he's athletic enough to drop into coverage and has a good motor to make plays in space.
James picked Wisconsin over eight other offers, including offers from the ACC (Clemson), Big 12 (Iowa State and TCU), Big Ten (Illinois, Michigan State and Minnesota) and Notre Dame.