March 21st, 2017 at 3:15 PM ^

Look at the success of Fumagalli, who wasn't a big recruit at all (#75 TE). Their offense is great for tight ends, they just haven't had a big talent there. They haven't had great QBs, so shorter passes to TEs are important. They run a ton and like to go big, so TEs see the field a lot. Play action to the TE seems like a classic badger play. 

True Blue Grit

March 21st, 2017 at 4:21 PM ^

we just haven't seen them sending many guys to the NFL or even being on the All Big Ten lists.  The traditional run heavy Badger offense requires their TE's to block a lot too.  That may scare some of the better prospects away.  We'll see though.  Perhaps Wiscy is moving more toward a balanced offense with more passing. 


March 21st, 2017 at 5:02 PM ^

I think the Badgers have turned out some pretty decent TE"s over the last 15 years, this is what comes to mind:


Owen Daniels - Honerable Mention All Big Ten - 4th Round Pick

Travis Beckum - 1st Team Big Ten 2007 - 3rd round NFL Pick

Lance Kendricks - 1st Team Big Ten 2010, All-American 2010 - 2nd round NFL Pick


March 21st, 2017 at 3:05 PM ^

We are currently ranked #24 in FB recruiting for 2018. We have only 3 commits and are ranked a spot below MSU. Is it time to start discussing Harbaugh's job security? I think so... 


March 21st, 2017 at 4:00 PM ^

How many TEs are we taking this cycle, two? And who do you think we land?

Though we have solid depth on the roster, this seems to be a great class to take a couple considering the interest level and talent available...

Jeremy Ruckert, Brevin Jordan, Leonard Taylor, Will Mallory, etc...


March 21st, 2017 at 5:30 PM ^

I think we'll take two tight ends. Asiasi's departure opens up another spot. 

Out of the guys we've offered so far, I think Will Mallory, Zach Sheffer, and Mustapha Muhammad are the best bets. I think Brevin Jordan is headed to UCLA, and I don't think Michigan is going to go after Taylor that hard from here on out. I don't know if he's a TE long-term, anyway.


March 21st, 2017 at 4:05 PM ^

According to Magnus, 100% of Crystal Balls for Ruckert are to Ohio State. Of course, Michigan should still pursue him, but a lot of work needs to happen before he actually comes here.