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Three-point stance: Growing coach, Wisconsin, Illinois goal


National Recruitment Analyst Clint Cosgrove balance with a trio of Five coaches with bright futures and four rookies of the Midwest 2023 Wisconsin should be targeted. He also considers how Illinois rolling in this season.

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1. Group of Five coaches ready to go above and beyond.

Jamey Chadwell, Carolina Coast: With a 27-3 record in the past 30 games, Chadwell is making the Chanticleers roll and they won’t slow down any time soon. What I love most about Chadwell is that he has demonstrated an ability to build powerhouse programs no matter what department he is in or the resources he has been assigned. His name has popped up for Power Five vacancies, and if the right opportunity comes up with Coastal Carolina, chances are they’ll try to keep him.

Sean Lewis, Kent State: Kent State has had a killer row for a start of the year schedule, and while the 2-3 record on paper may not blow anyone away, Lewis has proven he can beat the coach in his tenure with Golden Flashing. Before Wisconsin the player is an offensive specialist who proved his brilliance as a coordinator at the Power Five level before taking over at Kent State, where he has flourished. Along with Lewis’ FlashFAST offense setting multiple school records, he also led Kent State to its first flop win in just his second season at the helm. Lewis is young, dynamic and always innovating. If he doesn’t land the Power Five job this season, find one of college football’s bluebloods to lure him for the well-paying offensive coordinator job.

Kane Wommack, South Alabama: The 35-year-old Wommack hit South Alabama with a 4-1 record to start his second season in Alabama. Jaguars lone loss comes en route to 18th place UCLA, and they took the lead in the fourth half, only to lose 32-31. Despite the small sample size, Wommack has impressed as a defensive coordinator at previous stops and has demonstrated the ability to build a dangerous program in a short amount of time.

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2. The four Midwest rookies of 2023 Wisconsin should chase – or try to flip.

Malachi Coleman

Malachi Coleman (Greg Smith / Inside Nebraska)

ATH Malachi Coleman: The Nebraska natives are just as freaky as they come, and although his pledge day is drawing near, the Badgers have done no harm in delivering their best shot. I believe Coleman is focusing on his previously released top seven, but with new blood in Madison and Coleman’s potential is fitting as an advantage in Jim LeonhardIn my defense, I’ll make him tell me “no” before I give up on this job.

S Kahlil TateIowa do: Tate chose the Hawkeyes over the Badgers when he announced his commitment to Iowa in July. While I believe Tate has a solid relationship with the Hawkeyes, I also know that he connected with Leonhard throughout the hiring process and that these programs persisted through to the end. With the former defensive coordinator now taking on the role of head coach at Wisconsinmaybe worth the Badgers’ return.

DE Kendrick GilbertPurdue do: Although Wisconsin did not make the top four for Gilbert before he committed to Purdue, the Badgers offered to recruit the Rivals200 from Indiana. The Badgers are said to be in demand in defence, and if that is indeed the case then the allure of playing under a defensively-minded head coach at a program that constantly churns out defensive lines. of the NFL might be enough to make Gilbert consider Wisconsin. This is another case of trying to capitalize on whatever momentum comes with a change of coach, and the worst thing Gilbert can say is no.

QB Lincoln KeinholzWashington do: Wisconsin has rolled out QB recruits in 2023 so far, and that will likely be a spot in the spotlight as the Badgers attempt to close the class of 2023. Keinholz has seriously considered Badgers before his commitment. , and along with Washington, Wisconsin is the only other Power Five team to make his top 4. The South Dakota product has a big advantage and this is a Wisconsin player that would be wise to review as it establishes a future recruitment plan.

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3. Illinois is rolling.

Bret Bielema

Bret Bielema (AP Photo)

To say that Bret Bielema and the staff faced an uphill battle when taking over at Illinois would be an understatement, and the speed with which Bielama has turned the show around is something to be applauded. While his work is far from done, this is a show that desperately needs the following identity Lovie Smith The era lacked results on the field and alienated Illinois quite a bit from recruiting its hometown government. While last year’s 5-7 record wasn’t something to take home with, his Illinois team exceeded expectations and even had a few exceptional wins with a pre-None win. 7 Penn State and then-No. 20 Minnesotaboth have arrived on the way.

Although there were glimmers of hope in year one, Illini entered year two under Bielema’s guidance with warm expectations from fans as well as the media. Fast-forward five weeks to the 2022 season and it’s clear that the show has made strides that few, if any, other than Champaign have seen coming. Illinois is currently in 4-1 overall with a signed win Wisconsin this past weekend and its lone loss came in the last seconds on the way Indiana. The attack is in full swing, the defense is turning off the lights and with a few winnable games left on the schedule, that’s the limit to what Illinois can achieve in a second year under Bielema.

In-state hiring will take some time, and there’s still a lot of work to be done when building the overall program. However, for the first time there was a rumor about Illinois football among high school coaches and rookies in the state. The product that Bielema and the staff put on the field this year proves that you can stay at home and be able to compete for a championship. Victory on the field will follow with victory on the recruiting line, and while I thought hiring Bielema was a great choice when Illinois announced him as its head football coach, the speed at which changed This happened has far exceeded my expectations.

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