Paul Chryst hopes his latest recruiting class can help the Badgers reclaim the Big Ten West
After taking a little bit of a stumble from the top of the Big Ten West Division in 2018, Paul Chryst's Wisconsin Badgers are looking for a bounce back to the top of the division in 2019. Adding to the reasons to be optimistic about Wisconsin in 2019 is a solid looking recruiting haul in Madison.
It may be a couple of years before some of the stars in this class get their chance to have an impact, but this may be one of the best recruiting classes Chryst has signed at Wisconsin. Here is a quick look at some of the names you will want to keep your eyes on in the coming seasons as the Badgers look to take back the Big Ten West and compete for a conference title once again.
Graham Mertz, QB
Badgers fans are eagerly anticipating when they’ll get to see Mertz take some snaps at quarterback for Wisconsin. Mertz is coming to Wisconsin after a standout performance in the All-American Bowl and is a four-star, pro-style passer that should lift the entire offense with his arm. With the kind of protection Mertz will get from his offensive line, the future is bright for this Wisconsin quarterback.
Logan Brown, OT
One of those players providing protection for Mertz will be Brown. The five-star from Michigan brings that signature Wisconsin size to the offensive line and Brown will very likely continue the tradition of strong line play for the Badgers. Brown was the fourth-ranked offensive tackle in the nation and the top recruit from his state.
Joe Tippmann, OT
Another strong offensive tackle in this year's class Tippmann, who hails from Indiana. With slightly less size than Brown, Tippmann still figures to be a main cog on the offensive line for the Badgers in the future. Together with Brown, the Badgers should have two strong pieces lining up on the offensive line that will be tough to get by for most defenders.
Spencer Lytle, LB
One of the top 20 linebackers in the nation in this year's class, Lytle will look to grow and be a primary contributor to the defensive efforts of the Badgers. The California native has some good potential to be a player that can lock in on the ball and make a tackle, which is what typically is a strong asset of Wisconsin linebackers.
Titus Toler, S
Another recruit out of California, Coler joins Spencer Lytle, his high school teammate, in Madison and looks to become a main player on the Badgers' defense. Wisconsin’s pass defense has some room for improvement based on last season's performance and should benefit from a year of growth. But Toler could work his way into the mix pretty quickly once he gets caught up and adjusted to the college game.
— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. McGuire also contributes to College Football Talk and The Comeback s well as hosts the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @KevinOnCFB and Like him on Facebook.