The state of Michigan has been kind to the Wisconsin Badgers on the 2018 recruiting trail, and that continued on Monday night.
With two players in the fold from the state already, three-star athlete Jaylan Franklin became No. 3 from Michigan. The Rockwood, Mich. (Oscar A. Carlson) native gave his commitment to the Badgers shortly after coming home from a weekend visit to Madison.
It was felt that UW was in a heated contest with both Michigan State and Northwestern at the end. However, it was the combination of big time athletics and academics that UW offered that won out in the end.
According to a report with our recruiting partners at Badger247, Franklin had the following to say about his commitment.
“I think the number one reason was I felt most comfortable there,” he told Badger247. “I felt it was the best situation for me. I could do some things at Wisconsin that I couldn’t do at other places, as far as football and academics-wise.”
Overall, Wisconsin beat out the likes of Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Washington State to name a few.
Franklin may be an athlete in the recruiting circuit, but the Badgers plan to start him off at tight end and figure it out from there. He’s got scary ability as long as he stays around the body type he presents right now.
Just how athletic is Franklin? He’s a quarterback and outside linebacker for his high school team. However, given his transformation at the next level it is a good thing he is the second tight end in this class.
Highly regarded tight end Joe Ferguson figures to be a fixture for the program for some time during his career if all the hype on the recruiting trail is for real. Getting both Ferguson and Franklin is the best-case scenario for Wisconsin in the last two recruiting cycles.
Wisconsin has moved up one spot in the 247Sports team rankings, sitting at No. 24. The Badgers still sit at No. 7 in the Big Ten, which should tell you a lot about the level the conference is recruiting at as a whole this cycle.