February 6, 2008

Meet your 2008 class

MADISON, Wis. - The 2008 Badger recruiting class has now be released to the public. The following is a list of the 29 players (including walk-on's) Wisconsin will have on campus this summer.

2008 WISCONSIN FOOTBALL SIGNEES

Jake Current OL 6-4 280 Troy, Ohio (Troy)
Christopher Garner OL / DL 6-5 315 Augusta, Wis., (Augusta)
Peter Konz OL / DL 6-6 300 Neenah, Wis. (Neenah)
Joe Schafer OL 6-5 285 St. Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Derham Hall)
Kevin Zeitler OL 6-4 285 Waukesha, Wis. (Wisconsin Lutheran)
Jake Byrne TE 6-5 250 Rogers, Ark. (Rogers)
Zach Davison TE / DE 6-4 235 Waukee, Iowa (Waukee)
Dex Jones FB 6-1 220 Bolingbrook, Ill. (Montini Catholic)
Erik Smith RB 5-11 192 Chicago, Ill. (Bolingbrook)
Curt Phillips QB 6-3 215 Kingsport, Tenn. (Sullivan South)
Brad Nortman Specialist 6-3 215 Brookfield, Wis. (Central)
Eriks Briedis DL 6-5 265 Miami, Fla. (Country Day)
Brendan Kelly DE 6-6 230 Eden Prairie, Minn. (Holy Angels)
Anthony Mains DE 6-6 225 Naples, Fla. (Golden Gate)
Dan Moore DL 6-2 280 O'Fallon, Ill. (O'Fallon Township /Joliet Junior College)
Tyler Westphal DL 6-6 240 Menasha, Wis. (Menasha)
Leonard Hubbard LB 6-1 230 Springfield, Ill. (Sacred Heart-Griffin)
Michael Taylor LB 6-2 205 Ashwaubenon, Wis. (Ashwaubenon)
Kevin Claxton DB 6-2 195 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Boyd Anderson)
Marcus Cromartie DB 6-1 175 Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)
Antonio Fenelus DB 5-10 175 Boca Raton, Fla. (Boca Raton)
Shelton Johnson DB 6-0 175 Carrollton, Texas (Hebron)
Devin Smith DB 5-11 185 Coppell, Texas (Coppell)
T.J. Williams WR / DB 6-0 180 Kenosha, Wis. (Bradford)
Jordan Bergmann OL 6-6 280 Slinger, Wis. (Kettle Moraine Lutheran)
Robert Burge OL / DL 6-7 305 Holmen, Wis. (Holmen)
Chris Cromwell OL 6-3 305 Milwaukee, Wis. (St. John's Northwestern Military Academy)
Bradie Ewing RB / FB 6-1 212 Richland Center, Wis. (Richland Center)
Ricky Wagner TE 6-7 262 West Allis, Wis. (Nathan Hale)

Jake Current
OL, 6-4, 280 Troy, Ohio (Troy)

High School: Ranked as 39th best overall player and fourth-ranked offensive lineman in Ohio by Ohio High Magazine. No. 59 offensive lineman nationally and No. 43 player overall in Ohio by Rivals.com ... first team Ohio News all-Ohio, first-team all-Ohio Division I, first-team SW Ohio all-District, first-team Dayton Daily News all-area, first-team all-conference as a senior ... first-team all-conference, honorable mention SW Ohio all-district, DI honorable-mention all-area by Dayton Daily News as a junior ... first-team all-conference, honorable mention SW Ohio all-district, DI honorable-mention all-area by Dayton Daily News as a sophomore ... four-year letterwinner in football and three-time letterwinner in track ... four-year academic letterwinner ... National Honor Society member ... head coach was Steve Nolan

Personal:
Parents are Max and Susan Current ... father, Max, played football at West Virginia Wesleyan College and was one of Jake's high school coaches ... enjoys sports, reading and watching movies

Christopher Garner
OL / DL, 6-5, 315 Augusta, Wis., (Augusta)

High School: First-team all-conference defensive lineman and second-team all-conference offensive lineman as a junior and senior ... honorable mention all-conference defensive lineman as a sophomore ... four-year letterwinner in football ... three-time letterwinner in basketball and two-time letterwinner in track and baseball ... team captain as a senior ... head coach was Mike Bestul

Personal:
Mother is Annette Lusk ... enjoys snowmobiling, video games and the outdoors

Peter Konz
OL / DL, 6-6, 300 Neenah, Wis. (Neenah)

High School: Rated as the 30th best offensive lineman in the nation and the No. 3 player in Wisconsin by Rivals.com ... first-team all-state offensive and defensive lineman, first-team all-region offense and defense and first-team all-conference offense and defense as a senior ... first-team all-state offense, first-team all-region, first-team all-conference, honorable mention all-conference defense and team's most valuable lineman as a junior ... first-team all-conference and team's most improved lineman as a sophomore ... team captain as a senior ... played both ways and totaled 34 tackles and ten QB sacks in his career ... three-year letterwinner in football ... two-time letterwinner in basketball and track and field ... academic letter ... head coach was Steve Mentzel

Personal:
Parents are Tony and Margaret Konz ... relative, Robert Ferriani, played football at University of Massachusetts ... enjoys watching movies, playing video games and sports

Joe Schafer
OL, 6-5, 285 St. Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Durham Hall)

High School: Ranked as the No. 4 player in Minnesota and the
No. 37 offensive lineman in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 5 player in the
state ... First-team all-state (AP, Pioneer Press, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Preps) ... first-team all-metro, first-team all-conference and conference offensive lineman of the year as a senior ... first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state as a junior ... honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore ... team captain as a senior ... three-year letterwinner in football and track and field ... two-time letterwinner in basketball ... National Honor Society and High Honor Role all four years ... head coach was Mike Scanlan

Personal: Parents are Brad and Peggy Schafer ... uncle, Lee, was an Academic All-American football
player at Macalester College ... cousin, Ben Anderson, played basketball at Indiana State ... avid baseball fan

Kevin Zeitler
OL, 6-4, 285 Waukesha, Wis. (Wisconsin Lutheran)

High School: Ranked as the third-best player in Wisconsin and No. 39 offensive lineman in the nation by
Rivals.com ... first-team all-state (WFCA, AP) ... first-team all-conference, conference lineman of the year, first-team all region and first-team all-area as a senior ... first-team all-state (Wisconsinpreps.com), honorable mention all- state(WFCA) ... first-team all-conference, first-team all region and second-team all-area as a junior ... three-year letterwinner in football ... two-time letterwinner in wrestling ... one letter in track and field ... National Honor Society member ... head coach was Kirk DeNoyer

Personal:
Parents are William and Susan Zeitler

Jake Byrne
TE, 6-5, 250 Rogers, Ark. (Rogers)

High School: No. 10-ranked player in Arkansas ... ranked as 11th best player in Arkansas and No. 40 tight end nationally by Rivals.com ... named to Northwest Arkansas "Super Team" and earned first-team all-state, first-team all-area and offensive player of the year honors as a senior ... first-team all-conference and All-American (Max Emfinger) as a junior ... player of the year as a sophomore ... defensive player of the year as a freshman ... team captain as a senior ... three-time letterwinner in football ... also lettered in basketball ... head coach was Ronnie Peacock

Personal: Parents are Jeff Byrne and Holly Michael ... father, Jeff, grew up in Shullsburg, Wis., and played college football at UW-La Crosse ... enjoys hunting, fishing and golf

Zach Davison
TE / DE, 6-4, 235 Waukee, Iowa (Waukee)

High School: Ranked as the No. 6 player in the state by Rivals.com ... Elite all-state team, first-team all-state and first-team all-conference as a senior ... third-team all-state and first-team all-conference as a junior ... first-team all-conference as a sophomore ... team captain as a senior ... three-time letterwinner in football ... career totals of 130 tackles, 18.5 QB sacks and 11 TFLs ... three-time academic all-conference selection ... four-
year letterwinner in track and field ... also lettered in basketball ... head coach was Scott Carlson

Personal: Parents are Mike Davidson and Diana Samuelson ... enjoys playing video games, movies and all other sports

Dex Jones
FB, 6-1, 220 Bolingbrook, Ill. (Montini Catholic)

High School: Ranked as the 22nd -best player in Illinois by Rivals.com .. first-team all-conference and
first-team all-area as a senior and junior ... first-team all-conference as a sophomore ... 60 tackles, including six for a loss and six QB sacks as a senior ... also rushed for 889 yards and seven touchdowns on 77 carries ... team captain as a junior and senior ... three-year letterwinner in football, four-time letterwinner in basketball and also lettered three times in track and field ... first-team all-conference in basketball as
sophomore, junior and senior ... head coach was Chris Andriano

Personal: Parents are Dan and Kristin Peters

Erik Smith
RB, 5-11, 192 Chicago, Ill. (Bolingbrook)

High School:
First-team all-state (Rivals.com and Edgytim.com) ... first-team all-area, first-team all-conference, conference MVP and two-time Chicago Tribune Player of the Week as a senior ... honorable mention all area as a junior ... career totals of 3,100 yards rushing, 470 yards receiving and 32 touchdowns ... team captain as a senior ... totaled 1,400 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns as a senior ... head coach was John Ivlow

Personal: Parents are Andre Boozer and Erika Simpson ... relative, Brice Hunter, played football at Georgia
and then went on to play in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers ... enjoys playing video games, gymnastics, basketball and dancing

Curt Phillips
QB, 6-3, 215 Kingsport, Tenn. (Sullivan South)

High School: PrepStar All-American, Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year and PrepStar 135 Dream Team ... ranked as the 109th-best player in the nation by PrepStar and was first-team all-state, Tennessee Dream Team, first-team all-conference and conference MVP as a senior ... first-team all-state, first-team all-East Tennessee, first-team all-conference and conference MVP as a junior ... first-team all-state, first-team all-conference and conference MVP as a sophomore ... team captain as a senior ... Tennessee U.S. Army All-
Academic Team ... career totals include 5,418 passing yards, 3,788 rushing yards and 115 career TDs (64 rushing, 51 passing) ... senior year totals included 2,263 passing yards, 1,885 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns ... four-time letterwinner in football ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... head coach was Stacy Carter

Personal: Parents are Jim and Brenda Phillips ... mother played volleyball at Memphis State ... Fellowship of Christian Athletes member and enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding

Brad Nortman
Specialist, 6-3, 215 Brookfield, Wis. (Brookfield Central)

High School:
Ranked as the No. 4 kicker in the nation by Rivals.com ... first-team all-state(WFCA, AP), first-team all-suburban, first-team all-area, first-team all-county and first-team all conference punter as a senior ... first team all-suburban, first-team all-county and first-team all-conference linebacker as a senior ... conference defensive co-perimeter player of the year and honorable mention all-conference tight end as a senior ... honorable mention all-state, first-team all-area, first-team all-suburban, second-team all-county and first-team all-conference punter as a junior ... honorable mention all-area, all-state tournament team, high honorable mention all-suburban and first-team all-county linebacker as a junior ... second-team all-conference punter as a sophomore ... totaled 56 tackles and two interceptions as a senior ... 24 punts with a 39-yard average, including 13 inside the 20-yard-line ... team captain as a senior ... National Honor Society member ... National Society of High School Scholars ... Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Milwaukee Brewers Student Achiever Award ... head coach was Doug Lange

Personal: Parents are William and Jane Nortman ... enjoys golfing ... Special Olympics and Nursing Home
volunteer ... Calvary Lutheran Church Praise Band and mission servant

Eriks Briedis
DL, 6-5, 265 Miami, Fla. (County Day)

High School: Rated as the No. 67 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com ... second-team all-state, first-team all-Miami Dade and Spartan team award winner as a senior ... honorable mention all-Miami Dade as a junior ... did not compete as a sophomore due to injury ... team captain as junior and senior ... team MVP as a senior ... in eight games as a senior he had 89 tackles and five QB sacks ... three-time letterwinner in football ... three-time letterwinner in baseball ... DAANS Award ... Director's List ... two-year member of the National Spanish Honor Society ... head coach was B.J. Teltsher

Personal: Parents are Ivars and Helena Briedis ... father played college volleyball ... enjoys weightlifting, boating and jet skiing

Brendan Kelly
DE, 6-6, 230 Eden Prairie, Minn. (Academy of Holy Angels)

High School:
Ranked as the No. 33 defensive end in the nation and 5th-best player in Minnesota by Rivals.com ... first-team all-state, first-team all-conference and first-team all-metro as a senior ... defensive lineman of the year ... 104 tackles, including 21 TFLs and 15 QB sacks as a senior for a career total of 212 tackles, and 23 QB sacks ... three-time letterwinner in football ... team captain as a senior ... also lettered in basketball, lacrosse and weight lifting ... head coach was Mike Smalley

Personal: Parents are Vince and Jane Kelly ... enjoys playing the drums and wake boarding

Anthony Mains
DE, 6-6, 225 Naples, Fla. (Golden Gate)

High School: Ranked as the No. 16 defensive end in the nation and 84th-best player in Florida by Rivals.com ... No. 66 defensive end ... Naples Daily News Player of the Year as a senior ... second-team all-Florida Phenom, class 3A player of the year, team defensive player of the year, first-team all-conference and first team all-area as a senior ... first-team all-area, first-team all-conference and team defensive player of the year as a junior ... three-time letterwinner in football ... 101 tackles, including 25 TFLs and ten QB sacks as a senior ... career totals of 169 tackles, including 42 TFLs and 19 QB sacks ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... Academic Excellence Award as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Student of the Year as a junior (4.2 gpa) ... head coach was Dave Tanner

Personal: Parents are Rusty and Linda Mains ... enjoys weightlifting and scuba diving

Dan Moore
DL, 6-2, 280 O'Fallon, Ill. (O'Fallon Township / Joliet Junior College)

Junior College: Ranked as the 94th-best junior college player (Rivals.com) in the nation ... second-team all- conference and second-team all area as a senior ... team won the 2007 Graphic Printing Bowl ...
40 tackles, including 11 TFLs and eight QB sacks as a sophomore

High School: Honorable mention all-state and first-team all-conference linebacker, as well as St. Louis Post-Dispatch Defensive Player of the Year, as a senior ... second-team all-conference running back as a senior ... honorable mention all-state, first-team all-metro and first-team all conference as a junior linebacker ... 102 tackles, one QB sack and one interception as a senior ... team captain as a junior and senior ... head coach was Todd Moeller

Personal: Mother is Kimberly Moore ... attended Eastern Illinois as a freshman, moved on to Joliet Junior College and is now at Wisconsin

Tyler Westphal
DL, 6-6, 240 Menasha, Wis. (Menasha)

High School: No. 7 defensive end in the nation and the top-
ranked player in Wisconsin by Rivals.com ... ESPN-U All-American ... first-team all-state, first-team all-
region, first-team all-conference defensive end and tight end as a senior ... first-team all- conference as a junior ... honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore ... 76 tackles and nine QB sacks as a senior for career totals of 222 tackles and 28 QB sacks ... head coach was Brad Westphal (Tyler's father)

Personal: Parents are Brad and Vicki Westphal ... father was a running back at UW-Oshkosh ... cousin,
Ben Loth, was a linebacker at Minnesota Duluth ... enjoys fishing

Leonard Hubbard
LB, 6-1, 230 Springfield, Ill. (Sacred Heart-Griffin)

High School: Ranked as the 19th-best middle linebacker in the nation ... ranked as the No. 28 linebacker in
the nation by Rivals.com and Scouts Inc., and also rated as the 14th-best player in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com ... second-team all-state by the Illinois Coaches Association and the Chicago Tribune ... first team all-state (Champaign News Gazette) and first-team all-conference as a senior ... second-team all-state, first-team all-conference and first-team all-area as a junior ... career totals of 357 tackles and seven sacks as well as 756 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns ... also lettered in basketball and baseball ... four-time team captain... head coach was Ken Loenard

Personal: Parents are Leonard and Tilma Hubbard ... brother-in-law, Clem Hopkins, played
basketball at Northwestern State ... enjoys community service, bowling, swimming and video games ... fellowship of Christian Athletes member

Mike Taylor
LB, 6-2, 205 Ashwaubenon, Wis. (Ashwaubenon)

High School: No. 6 player in the state by Rivals.com ... first-team all-state, first-team all-area and first-team all-conference linebacker as a senior ... second-team all-conference punter as a senior ... first-team all- state, all-area Player of the Year and first-team all-conference linebacker as a junior ... first-team-all-conference punter and kicker as a junior ... second-team all-area kicker and punter, first-team all-conference linebacker and honorable mention all-area linebacker as a sophomore ... as a senior he had 103 tackles,
including four TFLs, two QB sacks, and four interceptions ... four-year letterwinner in football ... team MVP as junior and senior ... four-time letterwinner in wrestling , placing third at state as a sophomore … Honor Roll all four years... head coach was Ken Golomski

Personal: Parents are Kevin and Jean Taylor ... brother, Rob, currently plays football at UW-Stevens Point ... enjoys hunting and fishing

Kevin Claxton
DB, 6-2, 195 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Boyd Anderson)

High school: Rated as the 50th-best defensive back in Florida by Rivals.com ... honorable mention all-county as a senior ... recorded 72 tackles and seven interceptions as a senior ... team captain as a junior and senior ... three-time letterwinner in football ... four-year letterwinner in track and a two-time letterwinner in basketball ... head coach was Mark James

Personal:
Parents are Kevin Claxton and Contina Williams ... enjoys basketball and listening to music

Marcus Cromartie
DB, 6-1, 175 Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)

High School: Ranked as the 43rd-best defensive back in the nation by Rivals.com ... Top 100 players in Texas and PrepTicket all-state team ... Texashsfootball.com honorable mention all-state team ... first-team all-district and all-area team as a senior ... second-team all-district as a junior ... changed schools after Hurricane Katrina as a sophomore and didn't play ... freshman of the year on varsity squad in New Orleans ... 56 tackles, two interceptions and 15 passes defended as a senior for a career total of 116 tackles and five interceptions ... team captain as a senior ... also lettered in track and field ... two years as captain of track team ... school record in the 200 meter dash (21.77) ... head coach was Terry Cron

Personal: Parents are Julius Cromartie and Judith Harris ... enjoys playing video games and spending time with friends

Antonio Fenelus
DB, 5-10, 175 Boca Raton, Fla. (Boca Raton)

High School: First-team all-state, first-team all-county and first-team all-conference as a senior
... first-team all-state and first-team all-county as a junior ... first-team all-conference as a sophomore ... seven interceptions and 159 tackles along with 803 rushing yards and ten touchdowns in his career ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... head coach was Eddie Giersbrook

Personal: Mother is Geraldine Boxer ... enjoys running and football

Shelton Johnson
DB, 6-0, 175 Carrollton, Texas (Hebron)

High School: All-area top-100 players and first-team all-district as a senior ... second-team all-district as a junior ... team won class 4A division II state title as a sophomore ... also lettered in track ... National Society of High School Scholars member ... head coach was Brian Brazil

Personal: Parents are Shelby Johnson and Angela Long ... grandfather, Wayne Long, ran track at the
University of Oklahoma ... avid member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Devin Smith
DB, 5-11, 185 Coppell, Texas (Coppell)

High School: First-team all-state, first-team all-area and first-team all-district as a senior ... second-team all-state, second-team all-area and first-team all-district as a junior ... second-team all-area and district sophomore defensive player of the year as a sophomore ... team captain as a senior ... career totals of 17 interceptions, 155 tackles, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... 40 tackles and five interceptions as a senior ... team MVP as a senior ... Academic All-District ... also lettered in basketball and track ... head coach was Bob Shipley

Personal: Parents are Stephen and Debra Smith ... father played football at Memphis ... uncle, Jack
Eckwood, played football at Arkansas and professionally with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

T.J. Williams
WR / DB, 6-0, 180 Kenosha, Wis., (Bradford)

High School: Ranked as the No. 7 player in Wisconsin and in the top-125 wide receivers in the nation by Rivals.com ... Alan Ameche Award nominee, second-team all-state, first-team all-county and first-team all-conference as a senior ... honorable mention all-conference as a junior ... three-time letterwinner in football ... career totals of 52 receptions, 821 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns ... team captain as a senior ... four-year letterwinner in track and field ... finished third in the 400-meter dash at the state track meet as a junior ... National Honor Society member ... head coach was Jed Kennedy

Personal: Mother is Nicole Funk ... enjoys music, playing video games and spending time with family and friends

Jordan Bergmann
OL, 6-6, 280 Slinger, Wis. (Kettle Moraine Lutheran)

High School: First-team all-conference, first-team all-area and honorable mention all-region as a senior ... first-team all-conference and first-team all-area as a junior ... two-year letterwinner in football ... team captain as a senior ... two-time letterwinner in basketball and also lettered in track and field ... National Honor Society member ... high honor roll all four years ... head coach was Mark Otte

Personal: Parents are Edward and Elizabeth Bergmann ... enjoys weightlifting, watching movies and playing other sports

Robert Burge
OL / DL, 6-7, 305 Holmen, Wis. (Holmen)

High School: First-team all-region and first-team all-conference as a senior ... second-team all-conference as a junior ... rookie of the year as a sophomore ... in nine games as a senior he totaled 28 tackles, including nine TFLs ... team captain as a senior ... National Honor Society member ... High Honor Role all four years ... head coach was Steve King

Personal: Parents are Larry and Lisa Burge ... enjoys all sports, camping, hiking and hunting

Chris Cromwell
OL, 6-3, 305 Milwaukee, Wis. (St. John's Northwestern Military Academy)

High School: First-team all-conference and all-county team as a senior ... second-team all conference as a junior and sophomore ... all-county team as a sophomore ... started every game in four years ... team captain as a senior ... four-year letterwinner in football and two-time letterwinner in basketball ... Dean's List with Honors ... Smythe Scholar ... head coach was Gary Richert

Personal: Parents are Charles Cromwell and Janine James ... enjoys reading, writing and sports

Bradie Ewing
RB / FB, 6-1, 212 Richland Center, Wis. (Richland Center)

High School: Rated No. 16 player in Wisconsin by Rivals and Wisconsin Preps ... Wisconsin State Journal All- Area Player of the Year ... first-team all-state (WFCA), second-team all state (AP), first-team all area, conference MVP and first-team all-conference running back as a senior ... played in the 2008 WFCA South All-Star game ... first-team all-conference and first-team all-area as a junior ... first-team all-conference as a sophomore ... team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior ... career totals of 3,911 yards rushing on 509 carries with 41 touchdowns ... senior year totals of 2,116 yards on 258 carries and 24 touchdowns ... three-time letterwinner in football ... four-year letterwinner in basketball ... three-time
letterwinner in track and field ... honorable mention all-state in basketball as a sophomore, junior, and senior ... National Honor Society member .... Class president ... head coach was Ed Levy

Personal: Parents are David and Andrea Ewing ... enjoys hunting, fishing and the outdoors ... participated
in multiple choral competitions ... coaches youth basketball

Ricky Wagner
TE, 6-7, 262 West Allis, Wis. (Nathan Hale)

High School: Rated the ninth-best player and the No. 1 tight end in Wisconsin (Wisconsin Sports Network) ... second-team all-conference and high honorable mention (Community Newspaper) as a junior ... career totals of 39 receptions, 900 yards and six touchdowns ... also lettered in basketball ... high school scholar-athlete ... head coach was Scott Otto

Personal: Parents are Rick and Cindy Wagner ... enjoys fishing, the outdoors and playing video games

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