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Wisconsin's 2009 recruiting class was one of the worst-ranked in Bret Bielema's tenure. While a good portion of the class didn't pan out, Wisconsin 21-member class included a Heisman Trophy finalist, a first-round NFL draft pick and one of the best defensive players in school history.

MADISON - Few prognosticators thought Wisconsin's 2009 signing class would amount to a sustained level of success. Scout.com ranked the 21-member class at No.51 in the country, 25 spots lower than UW ranked the season before, as well as five spots lower than Minnesota and 16 spots lower than Illinois. UW's two highest-ranked recruits – four-star athletes Kraig Appleton and Jordan Kohout – didn't...

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