Wisconsin Football: Badgers bring in talented recruits

The Wisconsin Badgers announced their 2014 recruiting class last week, filling weaknesses and supplementing strengths. There were 30 signees overall, with 25 of those being scholarship players. Here is a look at some of the names that will soon be taking the field at Camp Randall.

D.J. Gillins, QB

Gillins has received the most attention of anyone in the class so far. A four-star recruit out of Jacksonville, he is a dual-threat quarterback that was selected to Florida’s all-state team three times. At 6’3”, 185 pounds, Gillins has a very wiry build and will need to put on some muscle. His high school accolades are impressive and he could certainly compete for the starting position, but he would have to supplant Joel Stave, Bart Houston, and Tanner McEvoy.

Dual-threat D.J. Gillins has created a lot of buzz already, with some believing he could be the answer to the Badgers' QB problems. Photo credit: maroonmusket.com.

Dual-threat D.J. Gillins has created a lot of buzz already, with some believing he could be the answer to the Badgers’ QB problems. Photo credit: maroonmusket.com.

Jaden Gault, OT

Gault is a local product, hailing from the Madison suburb Cottage Grove. Gault was a four-star recruit and was ranked as a Top 10 offensive tackle by 247 Sports, Scout, and ESPN. He is massive, standing 6’6” and weighing 310 pounds. MaxPreps named him a first-team All-American as a senior, and was a first-team all-state selection in both his junior and senior seasons. In his three years as starter, he did not allow a sack.

Conor Sheehy, DL

With Wisconsin losing its top four defensive linemen to graduation, Sheehy could see immediate playing time. He is an all-around athlete, competing in baseball, track and field, wrestling, and taking second in a national powerlifting competition his sophomore year at Milwaukee Marquette. He is 6’4” and 275 pounds, projecting as a defensive end in the Badgers’ 3-4 system.

Rafael Gaglianone, K

The Badgers have had their fair share of kicking problems in the last few seasons. Kyle French was demoted in October and opted not to return to the team next fall. His replacement, Jack Russell, has been okay with a career mark of 8-13 on field goals. His range is limited, however, as he is only 1-3 on attempts greater than 40 yards. Wisconsin signed Gaglianone to compete right away. He has a career long of 57 yards, and sent 42 of 44 kickoffs through the end zone during his senior year. Gaglianone was also a finalist for Tennesee Mr. Football.