National Signing Day went just about as planned in Madison, WI on Wednesday, as Wisconsin Football signed 23 scholarship players as expected and 6 preferred walk-ons. QB Karé Lyles and LB Dallas Jeanty early enrolled at Wisconsin this semester, so the total number of scholarship players went up to 25.

LS/WR Jake Cesear was the only committed scholarship player not to sign with the Badgers today, but he will only be a partial scholarship athlete after breaking his leg in a car accident. According to Benjamin Worgull of The Badger Nation, Cesear told him that he will be a walk-on for two years and then on scholarship for three.

According to 247 Sports, this was Wisconsin’s highest-rated class in program history. By 9:00 AM, 24 of the team’s 26 scholarship players had officially signed. U.S. Army All-American DL Garrett Rand officially signed around 9:30 AM, making it 25 total to go with Lyles and Jeanty.

Paul Chryst and his coaching staff landed a top 30 recruiting class in the nation. This year’s class comes from all over the nation, as you can see by this map of scholarship players from the Badgers.


There are only a few Wisconsin natives in terms of scholarship players, but more than half of the preferred walk-ons are from Wisconsin. The Badgers only officially signed 6 preferred walk-ons, although we were expecting them to sign 9. Those others still need to be admitted and enrolled in the University, according to Paul Chryst.CaTPWrpUEAAQ7GO

Here’s the breakdown of each of the players from, with links to each player’s bio on the Badgers’ website.

Status Name Position Height Weight Hometown (High School)
Scholarship Luke Benzschawel DL 6-7 255 Grafton, Wis. (Grafton)
Scholarship Tyler Biadasz DL 6-4 270 Amherst, Wis. (Amherst)
Scholarship Sam Brodner RB 5-10 210 Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard West)
Scholarship Noah Burks OLB 6-3 221 Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Scholarship Eric Burrell S 6-0 180 Severn, Md. (McDonogh School)
Scholarship Dontye Carriere-Williams CB 5-10 176 Hallandale Beach, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Scholarship Quintez Cephus WR 6-2 190 Macon, Ga. (Stratford Academy)
Scholarship Seth Currens S 6-3 205 Pickerington, Ohio (Central)
Walk-On Jack Dunn ATH 5-7 160 Madison, Wis. (Edgewood)
Scholarship Griffin Grady OLB 6-2 205 Dublin, Ohio (Coffman)
Scholarship Deron Harrell DB 6-3 175 Denver, Colo. (East)
Scholarship Jake Hescock TE 6-7 240 Pittsfield, Mass. (Salisbury School)
Scholarship Dallas Jeanty ILB 6-1 235 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Fort Lauderdale)
Scholarship Patrick Johnson S 6-1 185 Washington, D.C. (The Bullis School)
Scholarship Patrick Kasl OL 6-6 280 Wyoming, Minn. (Forest Lake)
Scholarship Cole Van Lanen OL 6-5 280 Green Bay, Wis. (Bay Port)
Scholarship Anthony Lotti P 6-1 190 Flowery Branch, Ga. (West Hall)
Scholarship Isaiahh Loudermilk DL 6-7 270 Howard, Kan. (West Elk)
Scholarship Kare’ Lyles QB 6-2 210 Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro)
Walk-On Mike Maskalunas ILB 6-3 215 Long Grove, Ill. (Adlai E. Stevenson)
Walk-On Aaron Maternowski FB 6-1 250 Slinger, Wis. (Slinger)
Scholarship Ke’shan Pennamon CB 5-11 182 Callahan, Fla. (West Nassau)
Walk-On Jack Popp WR 6-3 195 Mequon, Wis. (Homestead)
Scholarship Keldric Preston DE 6-4 245 Tampa, Fla. (Robinson)
Scholarship Kendric Pryor WR/CB 6-1 170 Hazel Crest, Ill. (Homewood-Flossmoor)
Scholarship Garrett Rand DL 6-2 280 Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton)
Scholarship Mason Stokke OLB 6-3 205 Menomonie, Wis. (Menomonie)
Scholarship AJ Taylor WR 6-0 190 Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst)
Walk-On Hegeman Tiedt DL 6-4 225 Burlington, Wis. (Burlington)
Walk-On Cristian Volpentesta DB 5-9 185 Highland Park, Ill. (Highland Park)
Scholarship Caesar Williams CB 6-1 175 Grand Prairie, Texas (South)