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4-star recruits, commits among Wisconsin football visitors Saturday

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Fresh off a successful sprint in the transfer portal in the first two weeks of January, the Badgers have hit the recruiting trail hard since the contact period opened up Jan. 13. 

The University of Wisconsin football program rented 10 billboards within the state and one in Chicago to run from last Friday through last Sunday as part of its “Wisconsin & Chicago Blitz.” Its coaches have been busy on the road. High school coaches have taken to social media to thank personnel for stopping by their respective schools, and recruits have tweeted offers from the Badgers’ staff in recent days.

Now the program is expected to host over a dozen high school prospects during one of its two junior day events this weekend.

Here are the 15 players that are expected to attend Saturday:

Cornerback Austin Alexander

Austin Alexander became UW’s first verbal commitment for the 2024 class when he told of his decision to become a Badger in late October. That came during a time when Jim Leonhard was serving as interim head coach, but Alexander has maintained his verbal commitment to the program under new coach Luke Fickell and his staff.

Alexander recorded 49 tackles and seven interceptions as a junior for Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, during the 2022 season, according to

Tight end Rob Booker II

Rob Booker II caught 27 passes for 360 yards and six touchdowns in 2022, according to That included a game-winning touchdown reception against Middleton in Waunakee’s WIAA Level 2 state playoff win in late October. He earned large school all-state honors from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) as a junior.

247Sports, On3 and Rivals all designate Booker as a three-star recruit. He has previously announced Power Five offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Pitt, Purdue, Virginia Tech and UW.

Linebacker Cooper Catalano

Cooper Catalano is the lone 2025 recruit expected in Madison Saturday. The sophomore plays for Germantown High School northwest of Milwaukee.

Catalano holds two early offers from Illinois and Wisconsin, and he took an unofficial visit last weekend to Champaign for one of the Fighting Illini’s junior day events. He recorded 147 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles last season, according to

Running back Darrion Dupree

Darrion Dupree lists 25 offers on his Instagram account. Those include Power Five opportunities from Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Cincinnati, Illinois, West Virginia, UW, Notre Dame, Michigan and Minnesota.

Rivals designates Dupree as a four-star recruit, the No. 16 running back and No. 153 overall player in the nation. 247Sports and On3 both rate him as a high three-star prospect.

Dupree plays for Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. UW currently has signed two recruits from the state of Illinois in the 2023 class: inside linebacker Tyler Jansey and defensive back Justin Taylor.

Offensive lineman Donovan Harbour

Donovan Harbour recently unveiled a top seven of Penn State, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida, UW, Oregon and Michigan on New Year’s Eve.

The Waukesha Catholic Memorial standout disclosed opportunities from Power Five programs Auburn, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State and UW, among others via his Instagram page

ESPN rates Harbour as the No. 49 player in the country for the next recruiting cycle, and he is a consensus four-star prospect. He also took unofficial visits to UW and Ohio State in 2022.

Outside linebacker Thomas Heiberger

Thomas Heiberger’s Hudl profile lists him at 6 foot 4 and 203 pounds, and his junior highlights state he recorded 44 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, six sacks and one interception in 2022. 

He tweeted an offer from Big 12 program Texas Tech on Friday, and 247Sports also lists offers from North Dakota State and South Dakota State.

Heiberger also is a high school powerlifter, and as seen in a Jan. 16 tweet, he bench pressed 255 pounds, squatted 420 pounds and deadlifted 465 pounds.

UW looks at him as an outside linebacker. He took an unofficial visit to UW in late November.

Linebacker Kari Jackson

Rivals designates Kari Jackson as a four-star recruit, the No. 135 overall player and No. 7 inside linebacker in the 2024 class. He recorded 103 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and three sacks as a junior for West Bloomfield High School in Michigan, according to his Nov. 2 tweet.

Jackson has previously tweeted Power Five offers from Cincinnati, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Penn State, Stanford and UW, among others.

He previously visited UW last season in early November.

Running back Jordan Marshall

All four recruiting services designate Jordan Marshall, who plays for Archbishop Moeller in Cincinnati, as a consensus four-star recruit.’s standalone ratings grade the running back as the No. 45 player overall and No. 4 running back in the 2024 class.

Rivals lists 28 offers for Marshall, which includes UW but also several Power Five powerhouses such as Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina and Tennessee. Of note: The recruit also held an offer from Fickell and his old Cincinnati staff. 

Quarterback Mabrey Mettauer

Mabrey Mettauer, who plays for The Woodlands High School in Texas, became the second player to commit to UW for 2024 when he announced his verbal commitment on Christmas Eve.

All four recruiting outlets — 247Sports composite rankings, On3 consensus rankings, ESPN and Rivals — designate the signal-caller as a four-star recruit. Rivals still evaluates him as the No. 161 player in the 2024 class.

Both 247Sports and Rivals list 24 offers for Mettauer, including Power Five opportunities at Florida, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Mississippi and TCU.

Safety Koi Perich 

247Sports currently designates Koi Perich as a three-star recruit. He has tweeted offers from Big Ten West foes Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Perich’s junior highlights state he had 1,616 all-purpose yards and 26 total touchdowns, along with 75 tackles, 3 interceptions and four forced fumbles on defense in 2022.

UW projects Perich, a Minnesota native, as a safety.

Linebacker Sam Pilof

Sam Pilof played in seven games for the Cardinals as a junior in 2022, racking up 68 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles, according to 247Sports, On3 and Rivals all designate him as a three-star linebacker.

The prep standout previously announced four offers from Iowa State, Penn State, Rutgers and UW, but interest continues to come from other schools. He visited Illinois, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Penn State, Purdue and UW during the 2022 season. 

Pilof planned to announce his commitment to a program Jan. 14, but has yet to reveal his decision.

Offensive lineman Styles Prescod

It appears Fickell and his new staff already know the projected offensive lineman, who plays for Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fiskers, Indiana. Styles Prescod recently announced an offer from UW on Jan. 15, but he tweeted an offer from Cincinnati in June 2022.

Power Five programs have certainly taken notice of the lineman recently, as he has announced offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and UW in the last week alone. He also has declared offers from other Power Five programs such as Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Pitt and Purdue, among others.

247Sports composite and On3 standalone rankings designate Prescod, listed at 6 foot 6 and 270 pounds on his Hudl profile, as a four-star recruit. 

Offensive lineman Ben Roebuck

Ben Roebuck, who plays for St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, tweeted Friday that he will be in Madison Saturday.

Roebuck’s Hudl profile lists him at 6 foot 7 and 320 pounds. He previously announced an offer from the old UW staff in March 2022 but also received one from Fickell’s Cincinnati staff in December 2021.

Rivals designates Roebuck as a four-star recruit, while 247Sports, ESPN and On3 rate him as a three-star talent. He has also announced offers from Power Five programs Iowa State, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ole Miss and Penn State, among others.

Wide receiver I’Marion Stewart

I'Marion Stewart, who plays for Bolingbrook High School in Illinois, first announced a top seven to on Tuesday that included, in no order: UW, Michigan, Tennessee, Oregon, Illinois, Nebraska and Ole Miss., 247Sports composite and’s consensus rankings designate Stewart as a four-star recruit. Rivals, ESPN and On3 all project him as a wide receiver, while 247Sports lists him to be an athlete.

Cornerback Jalen Todd

247Sports rates Jalen Todd as a three-star recruit. His Hudl profile lists the projected defensive back, who plays for Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology in Michigan, at 6 foot 1 and 175 pounds.

Todd has tweeted Power Five offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Tennessee, among others. It does not appear that he holds one from UW as of Saturday morning, according to 247Sports’ and Rivals’ player profiles of the Wolverine State native.

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