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UW adds 3-star athlete Aaron Cruickshank to 2018 recruiting class

June has been a hot month for the Wisconsin Badgers on the recruiting trail. After seeing two other wide receiver prospects commit over the past week, 3-star athlete and wide receiver recruit Aaron Cruickshank made his verbal pledge to the Badgers on Tuesday.

The news was first broken by our recruiting partners at Badger247, with not only Cruickshank, but also his high school coach confirming the verbal commitment to Wisconsin.

Cruickshank has been high on the Badgers want list all spring and summer long. His recent trip to the Madison campus seemed to have sealed the deal, but so did a lack of overall spots in the 2018 class.

The 5-9, 155-pound speedster has been recruited mainly as a wide receiver and likely special teams ace by the Badgers. It will be interesting to see if there’s a growth spurt or how much weight Cruickshank can put on.

However, he is the No. 22 ranked athlete in the country and the No. 5 player in the state of New York in the 2018 recruiting class per the 247sports composite.

While the size may be a concern, it certainly wasn’t to some of the biggest recruiting programs in the country. The Badgers earned his commitment over Penn State in his final two, but also beat out schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Syracuse, Rutgers and more.

As for his recruitment, expect that to be completely shut down.

“I just can’t wait to be a Badger,” Cruickshank said to Alex Gleitman of 247sports following his commitment. “On the field, I’ll bring a competitive spirit, enthusiasm, love, and passion for the game. I’ll show them the swag of Brooklyn and hopefully a special career.”

Versatility is the hallmark of Cruickshank’s high school game, and it was what the Badgers sold him on at the collegiate level as well. Currently Cruickshank plays quarterback, wide receiver and special teams for his Brooklyn (NY) Erasmus Hall team.

He is one of the fastest players UW has recruited in a while and plans on running track while in college too.

Wisconsin has 16 commitment in the 2018 class and likely has room for just one or two more players overall. The class is now No. 23 in the country and No. 7 in the Big Ten.

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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