With Signing Day behind us, BadgerBlitz.com recaps what head coach Bret Bielema had to say about each of the 24 scholarship members of the 2010 signing class. The following are quotes collected from Bielema's signing day press conference.
The first time I saw Marquis live was two years ago in a basketball game and I was impressed with his athleticism. Marquis is extremely talented athletically as you guys probably know covering the local area. I think he's the all-time leading rebounder and point scorer at Madison East. I think he's an untapped talent. The thing I love about Marquis is that he's working very hard to make the dream come true to come here. I think that's going to happen.
He's a late addition that we kept recruiting all the way through. He's from Pace High School, a wide receiver that coach Charlie Partridge has been on. He actually had a commitment to another school and then we just stayed with him. Recently he played in the Miami-Dade All-Star game. Of all the great players going all over the country, he was voted the MVP of that game. He's somebody that we're excited to get here in the end. He can really jump. He's a big, physical receiver.
Bryce came in and actually played defensive line for us in camp and that's when we made an offer to him in early spring. Again, a guy with good size. We haven't really been able to recruit some inside defensive tackles very well in the last couple of years, but really feel good about the guys coming in this year.
A young man out of Minneapolis. Mom and dad are both UW grads and his grandfather was an All-American swimmer here. We actually had him first in camp his sophomore year. You'll see he's a big body that can hopefully play for us early on.
You'll see him in all offensive clips here. His high school coach, who has been a good friend of mine for a number of years, plays all the best lineman on offense. So he hasn't played defense which is where we're going to start him and see where he starts to progress. He's very physical. He's a wrestler. His dad is the head wrestling coach at the high school. Originally mom and dad are from Iowa so it's kind of like getting a midwest kid out of south Florida.
He actually is going to play for us on defense but plays in a variety of different ways. He played in the Under-Armour All-Star game in Orlando at linebacker, but he keeps getting bigger and bigger. I saw him this past Saturday and I swore he grew an inch. Here you see him run a guy down. He unfortunately had an ACL injury midway through his junior year. You see he recovered here and was able to run a guy down. We're going to start him off at linebacker, but possibly if he keeps doing what I think he can, might grow into a possible defensive end position.
A neat story about him is that he's never actually played defense. He always played offensive line for coach Rice. He was a very good football player. When he came into camp, we asked him to play defense where we thought he might fit in better. I think it was the first time I've ever offered a defensive lineman that had never played defense right after camp. But he had a big state championship game against Kimberly.
He's very physical and very fast. He's probably one of the fastest kids that we signed this year just on pure speed. He's got a lot of ability. If you watch his highlight film most of his highlights are on offense. He played running back and did a great job for his team, but we're going to play him on defense at the linebacker position. He kind of reminds me a little bit of Borland. He's a little undersized, but really physical and very fast.
He's an outside backer and we're going to play him in the middle as well. He can run really well and uses his hands very (well). He's a motivated young man. He actually comes from a great high school coach that I've known for a number of years. Here you see him making a pick. He kind of reminds me, even when you meet him and talk with him, of DeAndre Levy. From the first time I met DeAndre to where we are today, this kid reminded me of him.
A new recruiting area for us out in the D.C. area. Here you see him play very, very physical. A neat story about him, both mom and dad came to this country and I believe his dad went to Stanford and mom went to Harvard. This kid is extremely gifted academically and athletically. We're going to play him at the safety position. Here you see him really bring a little bit of anger when he comes to the hit.
We're going to play him at the safety position. Again, another guy that came into camp and earned a scholarship from here in the state. He did a tremendous job for them this year. He was actually awarded the defensive player of the year in the state. He's somebody we're excited about.
Actually, the tragedy in Haiti hit close to him. His mom and dad are both Haitian. He came here and he comes from a great family. He's already graduated and was set to come here as early as summer. The thing I remember about him on film and the first thing I noticed is he's a tremendously physical in the way he plays. We'll try him out at corner.
Another Wisconsin product and another camp product. He came to our camp and earned a scholarship from Brookfield Central. He's got great range. He's very tall and very long. He covers a lot of ground in a hurry. It was kind of a two-back tandem there for them. The other running back and him were very productive. It was kind of an off year for Brookfield Central because they had a lot of injuries. But I'm excited about Jeff and the ability he brings here. We'll start him off at tailback and see what his body does. You see here that he's got the ability to run pretty well.
Joe plays quarterback. Here you see him with a very strong arm. He's a guy that did his research and due diligence. I believe on his tour, when he came here to visit us for the first time with his mom he made a swing through Stanford and Miami. The thing he was looking for was a good fit for his skills. He didn't want to go be a second running back in anybody's offense. As a quarterback, he wanted to play quarterback. He's going to come in here and he's got good size. He's all of 6-foot-3-plus. He throws the ball very, very well. He's excited and he's a great competitor.
From Alter high school, actually the same high school as Chris Borland. I believe his overall high school record was something like 33-0 (conference) and 52-2 overall through his entire career. Here you see him making a pick. He played all over the place. He actually played quarterback on offense and also the linebacker position defensively. He's really a phenomenal athlete with good size. He's got a couple inches on Chris and really moves very, very well.
Sherard comes to us as a tight end. He was actually recruited by a lot of schools as a linebacker or defensive player. We kept recruiting him at tight end. One of the rewards of the bowl game, it was New Year's Eve day and I was sitting in Pasadena (CA) when coach Alvarez was getting inducted into the hall of fame. I got a phone call from Sherard and one of the comments he made was, 'Coach, I watched your bowl game and saw your tight ends catch 13 balls. I want to come play tight end for you guys.' It comes to show that the bowl games do make a difference and we're excited to get him.
A guy that we're going to bring in. I believe he visited here about three or four weeks ago and he was weighing about 250 pounds. His mom told me last night (Tuesday) that he now weighs 284. He's a guy that's continuing to get bigger and bigger. He's played both offense and defensive line. We'll get him here and see where he fits in.
Manessah is probably a little bit more like Lance Kendricks or a Travis Beckum. He really, really runs well. He might even be a borderline wide receiver. He's a tremendous young man. His dad is a preacher and his grandfather is a preacher from the Pittsburgh area. He's just a great kid and a good story about the type of people we're bringing in here. Plus he can run a little bit.
He's probably even taller than 6-foot-4. He's probably about 6-foot-5-plus. Here you see him making a play and taking it up the middle. He's a tremendous basketball player as well. He's a guy we're excited to see get here and see exactly what happens. I believe the first or second game of his junior year he broke his leg so he missed his entire junior year which is why he was a little bit off the radar. He came on and had a strong senior year. As we got involved with him when he committed to us things were just starting to pick up. Again, he comes from a great family. His dad and brother came up here to visit and his mom loves him coming to Wisconsin.
Neat story here as well. He's actually probably about 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds. I watched him play basketball two weeks ago and just amazed at the way he ran. Mom and dad are actually both from Michigan. They went to Western Michigan and then moved to Maryland and stayed out there. He's always dreamed of playing in the Big Ten and coming back to the Midwest. He's going to be a good one.
He's going to play outside defensive end for us. He's a good player that has a unique recruiting story. He went down the commitment list early and then turned around and came back our way. I think the thing I appreciate about Warren is that he actually put in the time to do his research, came back and made a good decision. Although he looked good here on the screen pass, we're not going to play him at tight end.
You see another big guy that plays with a bit of anger. He's a guy that we'll bring in and play on the offensive line and see exactly where he fits. He came into camp and did a really good job in camp. We made an offer and he committed to us early on. He's somebody that I just think in high school was limited based on some of the stuff they made him do, but we're excited to get him up here.
James and another running back from his high school carried the workload, but James was there all year long. The other player was injured so James was called upon quite a bit. He did a great job for them all year long and really fits into the type of things we do here. He'll remind you a little bit of Montee Ball. Maybe not quite as tall as Montee, but he's extremely powerful. I actually had a chance to go and watch him live in a game during our off week and was just amazed at how much electricity he brought to the sidelines.
He's probably a little bit taller than that (listed). He might be over 6-foot-1. We're going to play him at the defensive back position either at corner or safety. He's a very gifted athlete with big, long and rangy arms. He's played on some teams with a lot of speed. The kids I recruited out of that area have tremendous speed and this one is no different. We're excited to get him up here and see what he has the ability to play for us early.