The future of the University of Wisconsin football team’s passing game may have some promise.
Incoming quarterback Myles Burkett has his Franklin Sabers at 7-0 and atop the WIAA Division 6 rankings after a two-touchdown performance. And one of his possible future targets, Madison Edgewood’s Jackson Trudgeon hauled in a pass with one hand before taking it to the house.
Here’s how the Badgers’ 2022 recruiting class fared this weekend:
Myles Burkett, Franklin, QB
The Sabers faced a bit of adversity Friday, trailing Oak Creek 14-7 early in the second quarter. But Burkett, who had thrown a first-quarter touchdown, led four straight scoring drives in a 35-14 win to improve Division 6 top-ranked Franklin to 7-0. Burkett threw a 23-yard TD before halftime to retake the lead, then ran in a 5-yard score midway through the third. He finished 15 of 21 for 270 yards, two touchdowns and no picks, and he rushed five times for 26 stripes. Reese Osgood caught both TDs from Burkett in a five-catch, 114-yard day.
Barrett Nelson, Stoughton, OT
Nelson’s Vikings dropped their sixth straight, losing 34-28 to Fort Atkinson to fall to 1-6. No stats were available from the game.
J.T. Seagreaves, Monroe, TE
The future Badgers tight end provided his usual multi-dimensional performance for the Cheesemakers in their 42-14 win over Evansville. Seagreaves totaled a very balanced 141 scrimmage yards (74 rushing and 67 receiving) on 14 combined touches.
Cade Yacamelli, Penn-Trafford (PA), ATH
Yacamelli yielded a big night to teammate Carter Green (195 yards, two TDs) but still showed well in a 27-6 win over Woodland Hills. The running back had 107 yards rushing, scoring on a 64-yard sprint to push the Warriors to 4-2 this season.
Watch Yacamelli’s midseason highlights:
Tommy McIntosh, DeWitt (MI), WR
Three grabs, 74 yards, three touchdowns. A tidy evening for the impressive pass catcher, who led the 6-1 Panthers to a 65-0 blitz of winless Okemos. McIntosh was second on the team in receptions and yards but caught half of the six TD passes thrown by DeWitt quarterbacks in the blowout. He’s now at 558 yards and nine scores for the season and has 20 TDs for his career.
Watch McIntosh’s highlights from his three-TD performance:
Curtis Neal, William Amos Hough (NC), DT
Again no stats for Neal recorded, but his team improved to 6-0 with a 53-0 whitewash of West Mecklenburg.
Avyonne Jones, Southlake Carroll (TX), CB
State-ranked No. 3 Southlake Carroll handed Keller its first loss of the season, 49-13, in a Thursday night game. No stats were available for Jones.
Joe Brunner, Whitefish Bay, OT
The future road-grader helped carve out 388 yards and five touchdowns on 39 carries as Whitefish Bay thumped Cedarburg 38-12 to improve to 5-2 and clinch a WIAA playoff berth.
Vinny Anthony II, Male (KT), WR
The 5-0 Bulldogs had a bye week.
Austin Brown, Johnston City (IL), S
Johnston City (5-1) did not play this week. Scheduled opponent Vienna/Goreville canceled its season a few weeks in, leaving Brown and his team without a Week 7 opponent.
Jackson Trudgeon, Madison Edgewood, WR
It was a big night for the preferred walk-on pledge. Trudgeon crossed the 500-yard mark this season with a season-high 199 yards and three touchdowns on five catches in a 59-0 beatdown of East Troy. He also had a handful of tackles. His three TDs, which came from a big night from QB Joe Hartlieb (11 of 13, 280 yards, five TDs), went for 72, 56 and 45 yards. Trudgeon is now at 26 catches for 646 stripes and 10 scores this season for the 7-0 Crusaders.
Watch highlights of Trudgeon’s big game, which included a one-handed grab:
Out for the year (injury): A’Khoury Lyde, DePaul (NJ), DB
Get to know the Wisconsin Badgers' 2022 football recruiting class
Myles Burkett became the Badgers’ first Class of 2022 recruit when he announced his decision in January.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from Franklin is a three-star recruit per 247Sports and Rivals, and showed great mobility and arm strength in his junior season. He battled back from a knee injury as a sophomore to throw for 1,236 and 11 touchdowns and rush for 180 yards and a score in a pandemic-shortened season.
He’s the first in-state quarterback to earn a scholarship out of high school since 2011.
As his recruiting stock started to rise, the Badgers were able to secure a commitment from Fall Rivers’ Barrett Nelson in late June.
The offensive tackle was 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds after his junior season, and his quickness off the ball has made him a load on both the offensive and defensive lines. Nelson is a three-star recruit per 247Sports and a two-star on Rivals.
He had offers from Iowa State, Northwestern, Nebraska, Purdue and others before choosing UW.
Nelson’s father, Todd, was a Badgers offensive lineman in the late 1980s, and his brother, Jack, is currently an offensive lineman for UW.
After wowing UW coaches at a pair of camps, Monroe tight end JT Seagreaves accepted a scholarship offer in late June.
Seagreaves is an intriguing prospect for the Badgers — at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, he has the physical frame to grow into an imposing tight end, and he possesses sprinter speeds. He’s averaged more than 21 yards per catch each of the past two seasons and was starting to gain more Power Five conference interested when he committed to UW.
Seagreaves is a three-star recruit per 247Sports and a two-star according to Rivals.
In multiple trips to UW’s campus in June, Cade Yacamelli was called “a football player” by UW coaches rather than locking him into a position. He earned a scholarship offer after an impressive camp workout and accepted it in late June.
The consensus three-star athlete was starting to earn more recruiting attention from Power Five schools when he accepted the Badgers’ offer. UW was the first Power Five offer for the 6-foot, 200-pounder. He’s played receiver, running back and defensive back in high school, but likely projects as a receiver or defensive back in college.
The Penn Trafford High School product has good quickness and change-of-direction that make him dangerous with the ball in his hands.
When A’Khoury Lyde accepted a UW scholarship offer in late June, he became the first player on the defensive side of the ball to commit in the 2022 class.
Lyde (5-foot-11, 170 pounds), a consensus three-star recruit, has strong ball skills and a willingness to hit that separates him from other cornerbacks.
The Wayne, New Jersey, native is the eighth-ranked player in his state, per Rivals.
The Badgers landed a tall, speedy receiver when Tommy McIntosh committed in late June.
The DeWitt, Michigan, native stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 200 pounds. He uses his body to shield off defenders at the point of the catch and does well catching the ball away from his body. His Hudl page lists a 4.47-second 40-yard dash time, and he has breakaway speed when he gets in the open field and can use his long strides.
A consensus three-star wide receiver chose the Badgers over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
UW beefed up its defensive front by landing defensive tackle Curtis Neal.
Neal — a 6-foot-2, 310-pounder — had more than 25 scholarship offers, and reportedly was deciding between UW and Ohio State at the end of his recruiting process. Neal is a product of William Amos Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina, where the Badgers found receiver Devin Chandler in last year’s cycle.
Neal, with his size and strength, likely fits best as a nose tackle in the Badgers’ 3-4 scheme.
Jim Leonhard may have found another rangy, smart cornerback to add to his secondary in Avyonne Jones, who committed in to UW in late June.
Jones — who hails from Southlake, Texas — was on campus the weekend of June 18 for an official visit and had narrowed an extensive offer list to UW and California. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back was previously committed to Oklahoma State, but retracted that commitment in late May.
With good recovery speed and a good feel for getting his hands between a receiver’s at the point of the catch, the consensus three-star prospect is a good fit for what UW cornerbacks coach Hank Poteat said he wants from his position group.
The Badgers landed the top-ranked player in Wisconsin for the sixth consecutive recruiting class when Joe Brunner committed the last week of June.
Brunner — a 6-foot-6, 300-pound prospect from Milwaukee who attends Whitefish Bay High School — is a consensus four-star recruit and a top-10 offensive tackle in the nation.
He held at least 16 Power Five scholarship offers, including ones from a majority of the Big Ten Conference, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon and Tennessee.
VINNY ANTHONY II
Receiver Vinny Anthony II — a consensus three-star prospect from Louisville, Kentucky — joined UW's class on June 30.
Possessing a good burst of speed and long arms that extend his catch radius, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Anthony has a chance to play across the formation as a receiver.
Anthony chose UW over Cincinnati and Duke.
Austin Brown — who hails from Johnston City, Illinois, a small town outside of Carbondale — was considering offers from Boston College, Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern before choosing UW. The consensus three-star prospect had 21 known scholarship offers.
Brown committed to UW on the Fourth of July.
At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, he has a good frame already and his high school film shows a willingness to lay big hits and attack blockers. He also plays quarterback for Johnston City.
The Badgers locked in their first incoming transfer of the class in late October in Kalon Gervin, a cornerback from Michigan State.
Gervin played in 19 games for the Spartans, including seven career starts. He had 22 tackles, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery at MSU. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder from Detroit will add some experience to a cornerback group that loses its top two starters to graduation.
Gervin was offered a scholarship by UW coming out of high school.
UW added an athletic defensive line prospect in mid-November when Tristan Monday flipped his commitment from Arizona to the Badgers.
UW was interested in Monday since he arrived in high school, but his size then didn't lend itself to a natural position fit in the Badgers' defense. Now standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 240 pounds, he'll start his career as a defensive end. UW offered him a scholarship in early November and he accepted it after visiting campus Nov. 12-14.
Monday is a consensus three-star recruit from Scottsdale, Arizona, who had offers from Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, Florida State and Iowa State.
After much discussion and thought, Tristan has changed his commitment and will be accepting a football scholarship offer from the University of Wisconsin. He has the utmost respect and admiration for the University of Arizona but this is an opportunity he cannot ignore. pic.twitter.com/hqf8GGqZwp— Tim Monday (@pappamonday) November 16, 2021
Vaughan, a 6-foot-4 linebacker from Walled Lake, Michigan, committed to UW in late November, choosing the Badgers over offers from programs like Colorado, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and others.
Vaughan is rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals.
Vaughan has been a late-riser on the recruiting trail, with all of his Power Five offers coming since October, but he has potential to be an inside or outside linebacker for the Badgers. He could fill the big-bodied outside ‘backer role that C.J. Goetz currently has for UW or could be a hybrid type of linebacker like UW pulled in with Jake Ratzlaff in the 2021 cycle.
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