Badgers finalize highest-ranked recruiting class in school history


The Wisconsin football program on Wednesday finalized the highest-ranked recruiting class in school history.

Four-star running back Jalen Berger of Newark, N.J., submitted his National Letter of Intent and became the Badgers' 20th scholarship signee for 2020, the final piece of a class that ranks 25th nationally by 247 Sports.

That gives Wisconsin its highest-rated class in the online rankings era, topping last year's record-high national ranking of 29th.

The Badgers' scholarship class features a five-star recruit in OL Jack Nelson (Stoughton, Wis.) and four four-star signees in Berger, OLB Nick Herbig (Honolulu), OLB Kaden Johnson (Minneapolis) and OL Trey Wedig (Oconomowoc, Wis.).

Wisconsin also added four walk-ons Wednesday: ILB Ross Gengler (Delavan, Wis.), OL Kerry Kodanko (Green Bay, Wis.), OLB Riley Nowakowski (Milwaukee) and K Jack Van Dyke (Neenah, Wis.). They join fellow walk-ons LS Duncan McKinley (Eau Claire, Wis.) and OL Sean Timmis (Shorewood, Wis.), who were previously announced in December.

Seven members of the Badgers' 26-man signing class joined the program as mid-year enrollees in January: Herbig, Nelson, OL Dylan Barrett (St. Charles, Ill.), ATH Chimere Dike (Waukesha, Wis.), DE Cade McDonald (Houlton, Wis.), ILB Jordan Turner (Farmington, Mich.) and ILB Preston Zachman (Elysburg, Pa.).

Complete information on Wisconsin’s class, including highlight videos for each signee, is available at UWBadgers.com/NSD2020.

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