Badgers' Rankings Get a Boost

Badgers' Rankings Get a Boost

Recruiting rankings aren't everything, but the latest Scout.com recruiting updates were kind to the University of Wisconsin's 2015 class.

In the latest update of the Scout.com rankings, Wisconsin jumped five spots to No.21 in the country and up one spot to fourth in the Big Ten in the Class of 2015 rankings.

Four players received a third recruiting star and nine players earned a ranking at their projective position. As a result, Wisconsin has 15 three-star prospects to go along with three four-star athletes.

Here’s a complete breakdown of how Scout.com’s experts saw Wisconsin’s 2015 class:

Big Jumpers

Nick Thomas was unranked after his first year Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy. Once our Scout staff saw him work during the spring and got a chance to evaluate his film, there was little debate that he was a solid prospect. After previously not being ranked, Thomas was labeled a three-star and the No.43 middle linebackers in the country.

Mequon Homestead David Pfaff – one of only two in-state commits in Wisconsin’s 2015 class – received the biggest jump in the rankings. A three-star prospect, Pfaff jumped 23 spots to the No.35 defensive end in the country.

A sleeper prospect who committed to the Badgers at their high school summer camp, Ladue (MO) Horton Watkins defensive end Nate Howard hadn’t been fully evaluated when he committed. After studying his abilities, Howard has been labeled a three-star athlete and the No.117 defensive end in the country.

Previously a two-star prospect, Desoto (TX) High linebacker Chris Orr earned a third star and is now ranked the No.99 outside linebacker in the country.

Dallas South Oak Cliff X'zavien Ausbourne earned a third star and is the No.113 cornerback in the country.

Others Newly Ranked

Mohamed Barry is now the No.127 outside linebacker in the country. He remained a three-star prospect.

Davon Crookshank is now the No.124 running back in the country. He remained a three-star prospect.

Andrew James is now the No.200 wide receiver in the country. He remained a three-star prospect.

Brandyn Lee is now the No.144 wide receiver in the country. He remained a three-star prospect.

Takadrae Williams is now the No.107 cornerback in the country. He remained a three-star prospect.

Bump Up

David Edwards jumped up one spot to the No.9 tight end in the country. He remained a four-star prospect.

Austin Kafentzis jumped up one spot to the No.54 quarterback in the country. He remained a three-star prospect.

David Moorman jumped up two spots to the No.30 offensive tackle in the country. He remained a four-star prospect.

Bump Down

Sam Madden dropped 11 spots to the No.77 offensive tackle in the country. He remained a three-star prospect.

Kyle Penniston dropped six spots to the No.25 tight end in the country. He remained a three-star prospect.

Jake Pickard was ranked the No.46 tight end in the country. Since he is projected to be a defensive end at Wisconsin, he was re-ranked and is the No.78 defensive end in the country. He remained a three-star prospect.

Dominic Sheppard dropped five spots to the No.66 outside linebacker in the country. He remained a three-star prospect.

One Stands Pat

Jon Dietzen remained a four-star prospect and the No.11 offensive tackle in the country.

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