Only a handful of University of Wisconsin football recruits were in action over the weekend.
State playoffs are winding down across the country. But a couple of incoming Badgers still had big games, including a recruit from Pennsylvania and two incoming receivers.
Here’s how future Badgers in the 2022 recruiting class fared this weekend:
Cade Yacamelli, Penn-Trafford (PA), ATH
Yacamelli shined in the Warriors' first Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class 5A championship victory, slicing up Moon for 136 yards on 17 carries and 92 yards on a single reception. The catch ended in the end zone as did one of his 17 carries, a 52-yard score. Yacamelli also added seven tackles from his defensive back spot. He now has 1,633 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns this season. Up next after Saturday's 24-21 win is Exeter Township in the PIAA state semifinals.
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Tommy McIntosh, DeWitt (MI), WR
King ended DeWitt's season with a 25-21 win over the Panthers in Saturday's Michigan Division 3 state championship. McIntosh finished with six catches for 90 yards and a 15-yard TD reception late in the first half. He also had a goal-line tackle on defense and a fumble recovery. His season comes to an end with 1,317 yards and 21 touchdowns on 63 receptions (average of 21.5 yards per catch).
Vinny Anthony II, Male (KT), WR
Anthony caught his 14th touchdown pass of the season as the Bulldogs (13-0) kept right on rolling in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 6A semifinals, posting a 48-21 win over Trinity. He hauled in a 27-yard pass from QB Nic Schutte in the second quarter to boost the lead to 35-7 and effectively ice the game. Anthony finished with three catches for 67 yards, giving him 47 for 968 on the year, and added a tackle. Anthony and Male can cap a perfect season Saturday at 8 p.m. against St. Xavier.
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Curtis Neal, William Amos Hough (NC), DT
The Huskies (14-0) beat East Forsyth 26-14 in the North Carolina High School Athletics Association Class 4A quarterfinals. They'll play Chambers in the state semis. No stats were available for Neal from the game.
Avyonne Jones, Southlake Carroll (TX), CB
The Dragons (13-0) shredded Lewisville 52-0 in the UIL Texas Class 6A Division 1 state third round. They'll face Allen in the state quarterfinals. Jones helped the defense limit Lewisville to 89 rushing yards and 64 passing. No individual stats were available as of Saturday night.
Aidan Vaughan, Walled Lake Western (MI), LB
The newest member of the Badgers' recruiting class after committing last week, the 6-foot-4 linebacker's season ended Nov. 5 when his Warriors lost to Waterford Mott in a district championship game.
Watch his senior season highlights here:
Myles Burkett, Franklin, QB
J.T. Seagreaves, Monroe, TE
Barrett Nelson, Stoughton, OT
Joe Brunner, Whitefish Bay, OT
Carson Hinzman, St. Croix Central, OL
Jackson Trudgeon, Madison Edgewood, WR
John Clifford, Watertown, OL/DL
Austin Brown, Johnston City (IL), S
Isaac Hamm, Sun Prairie, DL
Billy Schrauth, Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs, OL
Jaydn Ott, Norco (CA), RB
A’Khoury Lyde, DePaul (NJ), DB
Get to know the Wisconsin Badgers' 2022 football recruiting class
Myles Burkett became the Badgers’ first Class of 2022 recruit when he announced his decision in January.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from Franklin is a three-star recruit per 247Sports and Rivals, and showed great mobility and arm strength in his junior season. He battled back from a knee injury as a sophomore to throw for 1,236 and 11 touchdowns and rush for 180 yards and a score in a pandemic-shortened season.
He’s the first in-state quarterback to earn a scholarship out of high school since 2011.
As his recruiting stock started to rise, the Badgers were able to secure a commitment from Fall Rivers’ Barrett Nelson in late June.
The offensive tackle was 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds after his junior season, and his quickness off the ball has made him a load on both the offensive and defensive lines. Nelson is a three-star recruit per 247Sports and a two-star on Rivals.
He had offers from Iowa State, Northwestern, Nebraska, Purdue and others before choosing UW.
Nelson’s father, Todd, was a Badgers offensive lineman in the late 1980s, and his brother, Jack, is currently an offensive lineman for UW.
After wowing UW coaches at a pair of camps, Monroe tight end JT Seagreaves accepted a scholarship offer in late June.
Seagreaves is an intriguing prospect for the Badgers — at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, he has the physical frame to grow into an imposing tight end, and he possesses sprinter speeds. He’s averaged more than 21 yards per catch each of the past two seasons and was starting to gain more Power Five conference interested when he committed to UW.
Seagreaves is a three-star recruit per 247Sports and a two-star according to Rivals.
In multiple trips to UW’s campus in June, Cade Yacamelli was called “a football player” by UW coaches rather than locking him into a position. He earned a scholarship offer after an impressive camp workout and accepted it in late June.
The consensus three-star athlete was starting to earn more recruiting attention from Power Five schools when he accepted the Badgers’ offer. UW was the first Power Five offer for the 6-foot, 200-pounder. He’s played receiver, running back and defensive back in high school, but likely projects as a receiver or defensive back in college.
The Penn Trafford High School product has good quickness and change-of-direction that make him dangerous with the ball in his hands.
When A’Khoury Lyde accepted a UW scholarship offer in late June, he became the first player on the defensive side of the ball to commit in the 2022 class.
Lyde (5-foot-11, 170 pounds), a consensus three-star recruit, has strong ball skills and a willingness to hit that separates him from other cornerbacks.
The Wayne, New Jersey, native is the eighth-ranked player in his state, per Rivals.
The Badgers landed a tall, speedy receiver when Tommy McIntosh committed in late June.
The DeWitt, Michigan, native stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 200 pounds. He uses his body to shield off defenders at the point of the catch and does well catching the ball away from his body. His Hudl page lists a 4.47-second 40-yard dash time, and he has breakaway speed when he gets in the open field and can use his long strides.
A consensus three-star wide receiver chose the Badgers over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
UW beefed up its defensive front by landing defensive tackle Curtis Neal.
Neal — a 6-foot-2, 310-pounder — had more than 25 scholarship offers, and reportedly was deciding between UW and Ohio State at the end of his recruiting process. Neal is a product of William Amos Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina, where the Badgers found receiver Devin Chandler in last year’s cycle.
Neal, with his size and strength, likely fits best as a nose tackle in the Badgers’ 3-4 scheme.
Jim Leonhard may have found another rangy, smart cornerback to add to his secondary in Avyonne Jones, who committed in to UW in late June.
Jones — who hails from Southlake, Texas — was on campus the weekend of June 18 for an official visit and had narrowed an extensive offer list to UW and California. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back was previously committed to Oklahoma State, but retracted that commitment in late May.
With good recovery speed and a good feel for getting his hands between a receiver’s at the point of the catch, the consensus three-star prospect is a good fit for what UW cornerbacks coach Hank Poteat said he wants from his position group.
The Badgers landed the top-ranked player in Wisconsin for the sixth consecutive recruiting class when Joe Brunner committed the last week of June.
Brunner — a 6-foot-6, 300-pound prospect from Milwaukee who attends Whitefish Bay High School — is a consensus four-star recruit and a top-10 offensive tackle in the nation.
He held at least 16 Power Five scholarship offers, including ones from a majority of the Big Ten Conference, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon and Tennessee.
VINNY ANTHONY II
Receiver Vinny Anthony II — a consensus three-star prospect from Louisville, Kentucky — joined UW's class on June 30.
Possessing a good burst of speed and long arms that extend his catch radius, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Anthony has a chance to play across the formation as a receiver.
Anthony chose UW over Cincinnati and Duke.
Austin Brown — who hails from Johnston City, Illinois, a small town outside of Carbondale — was considering offers from Boston College, Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern before choosing UW. The consensus three-star prospect had 21 known scholarship offers.
Brown committed to UW on the Fourth of July.
At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, he has a good frame already and his high school film shows a willingness to lay big hits and attack blockers. He also plays quarterback for Johnston City.
The Badgers locked in their first incoming transfer of the class in late October in Kalon Gervin, a cornerback from Michigan State.
Gervin played in 19 games for the Spartans, including seven career starts. He had 22 tackles, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery at MSU. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder from Detroit will add some experience to a cornerback group that loses its top two starters to graduation.
Gervin was offered a scholarship by UW coming out of high school.
UW added an athletic defensive line prospect in mid-November when Tristan Monday flipped his commitment from Arizona to the Badgers.
UW was interested in Monday since he arrived in high school, but his size then didn't lend itself to a natural position fit in the Badgers' defense. Now standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 240 pounds, he'll start his career as a defensive end. UW offered him a scholarship in early November and he accepted it after visiting campus Nov. 12-14.
Monday is a consensus three-star recruit who had offers from Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, Florida State and Iowa State.
After much discussion and thought, Tristan has changed his commitment and will be accepting a football scholarship offer from the University of Wisconsin. He has the utmost respect and admiration for the University of Arizona but this is an opportunity he cannot ignore. pic.twitter.com/hqf8GGqZwp— Tim Monday (@pappamonday) November 16, 2021
Vaughan, a 6-foot-4 linebacker from Walled Lake, Michigan, committed to UW in late November, choosing the Badgers over offers from programs like Colorado, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and others.
Vaughan is rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals.
Vaughan has been a late-riser on the recruiting trail, with all of his Power Five offers coming since October, but he has potential to be an inside or outside linebacker for the Badgers. He could fill the big-bodied outside ‘backer role that C.J. Goetz currently has for UW or could be a hybrid type of linebacker like UW pulled in with Jake Ratzlaff in the 2021 cycle.
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