Wisconsin fans can rest easy tonight with the knowledge that Kansas native and 4-star 2019 Badger recruit Graham Mertz has shut down his recruitment. Mertz released a statement on Twitter announcing his intentions to stay true to his verbal commitment.
Mertz committed to the Badgers on October 8th, but had garnered nationwide attention from some of the top programs in the country. With the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and more pitching plea for Mertz’s services, Badger faithful began to worry about the security of Wisconsin’s sole 2019 quarterback commitment.
Mertz’s decision to shut down further recruitment is a testament to Paul Chryst and quarterbacks coach Jon Budmayr, who have put the Badgers in the national conversation for some of the most highly touted prospects. With that being said, the Badger coaching staff should be commended for identifying Mertz’s talent before his stock exploded on the national stage.
Mertz has reached the finals of Elite 11 at The Opening in Dallas, and also claimed top QB honors at the Rivals Three Stripe camp in early May. Mertz’s announcement to shut down his recruitment comes off the heels of a visit to Madison on the weekend of June 8th.
In his recent tweet announcing his recruitment shutdown, Mertz makes sure to mention that he is ready to “bring together the best recruiting class Wisconsin has ever seen and bring a natty [National Championship] to Madison.”
With that being said, the Badgers will look to add to their 2019 recruiting class this weekend when Badger commits Julius Davis, Leo Chenal and more come to Madison. Davis took to Twitter to show support for his future quarterback telling his followers not to be worried about Mertz’s status as a future Badger.
As noted by Davis, recruits Gio Paez, Lance Dixon, Semar Melvin, Nick Henrich, and Etinosa Reuben will be up at UW for a visit. Adding any of these recruits would give more talent to arguably one of the best recruiting classes in UW history.
In addition to Mertz and Davis, the 2019 recruiting class boasts the nation’s 2nd best offensive tackle in Logan Brown and an extremely talented tight end in Pennsylvania native, Hayden Rucci. The Badger’s are also in the hunt for outside linebacker Spencer Lytle and 4-star offensive tackle Bryce Benhart.