The Wisconsin Badgers had a terrific Saturday afternoon when it comes to their recruiting class for 2016. After landing some offensive line help in the form of an in-state tackle, the Badgers also snagged a four-star safety from the state of Florida.
According to College Spun, offensive tackle Cole Van Lanen committed to the Badgers early Saturday afternoon. Melvin Gordon may be gone from the Badgers’ backfield, but a six-foot-five, 275 pound guy like Van Lanen will surely clear the way for whoever may be running the ball in 2016. Van Lanen shared the news via Twitter.
— Cole Van Lanen (@colevanlanen5) June 20, 2015
Van Lanen, a Green Bay native, is the twentieth ranked tackle in the country and had offers from schools all over the Big Ten including Michigan and Michigan State.
The Badgers also got help on the defensive side of the ball after Craig Watts Jr. committed to UW just hours after Van Lanen. Watts’s commitment was also shared by College Spun along with the safety making the announcement via Twitter.
Watts, who hails from St. Petersburg, is the sixteenth ranked safety in the country and also had offers from Florida, Florida State, and Michigan among others.
The Badgers will certainly benefit from both Van Lanen and Watts starting in 2016. Hopefully, these two guys can be instrumental in keeping the Badgers’ success going. The team has made a bowl game eighteen out of the last nineteen seasons and has also made three of the first four Big Ten Championship games.
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