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Every Big Ten West team’s biggest recruiting battle before national signing day

Wisconsin Badgers

Player: Jordan Griffin, LB

Courtesy: 247Sports

Courtesy: 247Sports

Battling: USF

Wisconsin has had Griffin locked down since a visit in mid-October, but his stock has done nothing but rise over the course of the past few months. It all has to do with the monster season that led him to be named a MaxPreps All-American. He had 158 tackles, nine sacks, seven fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles on the season.

That kind of productivity led him to be named the Tampa Tribune’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Griffin’s stock shot through the roof late in the process, but Wisconsin stayed on the commit they got on Oct. 25 and appear they are going to have to now battle an unexpected contender — home town USF. The Bulls have put a full-court press on Griffin and it has apparently made him think hard between the hometown team and playing for the Badgers.

Wisconsin sees him as a key player in this class and a likely starter from the get-go at inside linebacker, so winning this battle will be very important heading in to national signing day.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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