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5 Newcomers to Watch for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2018


When it comes to recruiting, Wisconsin fares well against the national competition, but the Badgers still lag behind a handful of programs form their own conference. No matter where Wisconsin falls in the recruiting rankings, the Badgers always seem to fare well on the field once all of the talent comes together for a true team effort. This latest recruiting class brings in some players that will lead to some good moments for the Badgers in the coming years, and a couple may even get the opportunity to show what they can do this season.

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Here is a quick look at five players you should start getting to know if you are going to be watching the Badgers in the next few years.

Jack Sanborn, LB

Wisconsin has been putting together a solid string of linebackers over the years, and Sanborn will continue that tradition. He may not get a chance to be a leading force in the middle of the defense just yet, but the future outlook for one of the top players in the recruiting class should be promising with the typical smash-mouth Wisconsin style of play on defense.

Bryson Williams, DT

Considered one of the top recruits in the Class of 2018, Wisconsin had to fend off a late push by Scott Frost and Nebraska for the Lincoln native. With Williams heading to Madison, Wisconsin should look forward to the depth added on the defensive line, as he could work his way into the mix as early as this season with the Badgers' front set to undergo some changes. Williams is considered the most likely freshman coming in that could find a role this fall.

Boyd Dietzen, DE

Helping to pad the depth along the defensive line will be one of the top in-state recruits for the Badgers. Though Dietzen may have to wait a little while longer to earn a role, he should follow the mold of the typical Wisconsin defensive lineman to help as an option on the end.

Nakia Watson, RB

Wisconsin is pretty set at the running back position for the next couple of seasons with Jonathan Thomas coming off a brilliant freshman season, but do not be surprised if this three-star recruit out of Texas ends up having an impact as a complementary option. By now you should never underestimate whatever Wisconsin has at the running back position.

Isaac Guerendo, WR

Another position that may be in good hands already for 2018 is wide receiver, so it may be just a little bit of time before Guerendo gets his chance to shine. However, he could bring some good speed to the Badgers' passing game, which is something that could use an upgrade at Wisconsin.

— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. McGuire also contributes to College Football Talk and The Comeback as well as hosts the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @KevinOnCFB and Like him on Facebook.