The Wisconsin Badgers have been a top projection coming into the season for the last couple of years. Their only struggle is getting top recruits to commit to their program instead of going somewhere else. So getting four star quarterback, Graham Mertz, to commit to Wisconsin was a great success for their program.
The quarterback out of Mission, Kansas went from a mediocre high school quarterback in his junior season, to a top 100 player as a senior. Luckily for the Badgers, they recognized his talents early on in his junior season and developed a strong relationship with the young quarterback.
Mertz had many offers from big named schools such as Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Minnesota. Luckily for Badger fans, Mertz shut down his recruiting before his senior year season so he could focus on his last season of high school football and this allowed no other schools to talk to him about recruiting. Two days before the early signing period, Mertz finalized his recruiting via his Twitter account.
Graham Mertz also got the opportunity to participate in the 2019 All-American bowl game in San Antonio, Texas. He threw for 188 yards and an impressive five touchdowns to break the showcase record in both yards and touchdowns. On top of that he won the games most valuable player award.
The competition for starting quarterback at Wisconsin will be tough with current starter, Alex Hornibook, and their bowl game savior, Jack Coan, both still on the team. Hornibrook has been the starting quarterback for the past three years, but had suffered injuries last season that kept him off the field for five games. It will be a hard fought battle for starting quarterback this next season.
Even if Mertz doesn’t get the starting position his first season, he will be learning behind a four year starter or a quarterback that led the Badgers to a big win in the Pinstripe bowl last season. Either way Graham Mertz will be learning from high level quarterbacks and will be playing with one of the best offensive lines in the country.
The Badgers’ recruiting class currently ranks 27th on the composite with only 12 recruits. The Badgers haven’t been able to match their number 22 finish since 2001 and it is looking promising. They also got a five star recruit at offensive tackle in Logan Brown, who might finish as the programs highest rated signee ever. The team is loaded with plenty of three star players that have the potential to be great for Wisconsin.