The Wisconsin Badgers have had a good run on the recruiting trail during this summer, but there was one position with a big hole left to fill—running back. On Sunday night the Badgers finally got on the board at the position as 3-star running back Davon Crookshank verbally committed to Wisconsin.
Crookshank, a 5’10″, 195-pound running back out of Missouri City, Texas (Fort Bend Marshall), chose the Badgers over offers from Baylor, Colorado, Fresno State, Kansas and others. He had a total of eight offers to date.
UW has gone in to the state of Texas with a purpose in this recruiting class and with Crookshank verbally committing it now has four players from the talent-rich state. Prior to this recruiting class, the Badgers hadn’t signed a player from the state in five years.
Crookshank is the No. 67-ranked running back in the country and the No. 105-ranked player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
One of the biggest helps in recruiting Crookshank appears to be the tradition at running back, and specifically former-Badger record setter, Montee Ball.
“I like running behind big offensive lineman that can run,” he said, via Evan Flood of Badger247. “One of my idols is Montee Ball. I’m a downhill runner like their other backs, but also I can make people miss. I think I’ll be a nice addition for them. I’ll run downhill and make some moves in space.”
Wisconsin now has 16 commits in the class of 2015 and is the No. 25-ranked class nationally and No. 4-ranked class in the Big Ten according to 247Sports.