MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s 2019 recruiting class will feature three players in the final 247sports Top247 player rankings, including one five-star prospect.
Offensive tackle Logan Brown (Grand Rapids, Mich.), offensive tackle Joe Tippmann (Fort Wayne, Ind.), and quarterback Graham Mertz (Mission, Kan.) were all tabbed as Top247 prospects in the final rankings reveal before national signing day.
Following his performance at the All-American Bowl, Brown fell two spots from No. 5 to No. 7, but remained a five-star prospect. The nation’s top ranked offensive tackle is the first five-star to sign with the Badgers since Josh Oglesby in 2007.
“People can look at me how they want,” Brown told Badger247 in October. “What I know is, there’s somebody out there somewhere who’s better than me. I need to go in and get myself ready to report in June so I can be at the top of my game and go from there.”
Brown held other offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Penn State, Michigan State, and more.
Tippmann checked in at No. 160 overall after a dominant senior season that helped lead Bishop Dwenger to a 14-1 overall record and an IHSAA Class 4A state championship.
The four-star lineman chose UW over Iowa, Indiana, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Purdue, Northwestern, and others. Before his senior season, Tippmann heard from Notre Dame, but never wavered from his commitment.
“It really wouldn’t make a difference,” he said of a potential Irish offer. “Notre Dame is a great school, but it’s not Wisconsin.”
Making a huge surge after setting All-American Bowl records with 188 passing yards and five touchdowns, Mertz moved up over 100 spots to No. 176 overall. Mertz is now the nation’s fourth-ranked pro-style quarterback — the highest ranked signal caller for UW in program history.
“There wasn’t anything eye-popping about Mertz in practice,” 247sports national director of scouting Barton Simmons wrote. “He was steady, looked like he belonged, but doesn’t have any one trait that’s eye-popping.
“But you can’t fake five touchdown passes in an all-star game and that’s the record-setting performance he pieced together. He’s a guy with good feel at the position and good accuracy. Mertz’s play put an exclamation point on a subtlety strong week for the future Badger.”
Mertz had a loaded offer list that featured Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, LSU, Oregon, Notre Dame, Georgia, Miami (FL), Texas A&M, Ole Miss, and many others. Mertz verbally committed to Wisconsin in November of 2017, but continued to receive attention from other schools until finally shutting it down for good in June.
“It was confusing at times,” said Mertz. “I never really got to the point where I was decommitted.
“I just felt it was the all-around perfect fit,” Mertz continued. “I got a ton of family up in Green Bay. My mom’s side of the family is from there. It’s like my second home. I’ve been going up there my whole life. Coach Chryst, coach Budmayr, it’s a great family atmosphere an I loved the vibe up there.
“I love the culture and I’m ready to do big things up there.”
Since 247sports launched in 2011, Wisconsin has never had three Top247 signees in the same recruiting class.