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2019 class off to strong start with QB Graham Mertz commitment

The Wisconsin Badgers have had the 2018 class all but wrapped up for a few months now, and that has meant a clear path to the 2019 class. UW identified one of its most important positions — quarterback — early on.

Assistant Jon Budmayr went to Kansas and fell in love with the game of Graham Mertz. The Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley North) native was an early target for the Badgers, but they weren’t the only ones interested.

Both Kansas and Minnesota, where his dad played football, also offered scholarships.

It took just one visit to the Madison campus for Mertz to fall in love, and after a week to think on the visit he announced his commitment to the Badgers on Sunday night.

The film shows something that should intrigue Badgers fans — he throws a great deep ball.

Additionally, the film shows a quarterback with really solid mechanics already. He’s got a good release point and the zip on the football is there. You can see him throwing with confidence in to tight windows and keeping his footwork solid while throwing on the run as well.

Those are really good building blocks, because the Badgers are going to be going through transition by the time he gets on campus.

Wisconsin also got lucky by getting in on the recruitment early in the process because his numbers suggest a player that could’ve blown up on the recruiting trail. Mertz has had a heck of a start to his junior season, completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,604 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Getting the quarterback on board this early in the process should also be really helpful to getting the class going further. Usually the quarterback is the lynchpin of recruiting efforts within the class itself. Having Mertz on board this early could mean another recruiting class that gets done quickly, and that seems to be the Badgers biggest strength on the recruiting trail.

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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