The Badgers’ 2024 class lost one of its two verbal commits Wednesday.
Austin Alexander, who plays for Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, announced that he was reopening his recruiting process.
“Me and my family had a long talk about my commitment To wisconsin and we feel as though it’s best to decommit from Wisconsin and open up my recruitment while I’m getting to know the new coaching staff and other schools,” Alexander said in a tweet. “Wisconsin is a great school and I hope to still be recruited by Wisconsin. Please respect my decision.”
Alexander became the University of Wisconsin football team's first verbal commitment for the 2024 class when he told Rivals.com of his decision to become a Badger in late October. That came during a time when Jim Leonhard was serving as interim head coach. He was among 15 names expected to attend the Badgers’ junior day event last weekend.
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The recruit announced offers from Iowa State, Northern Illinois and Southern Cal earlier this week.
Alexander recorded 49 tackles and seven interceptions as a junior during the 2022 season, according to MaxPreps. 247Sports and Rivals both designate the Illinois native as a three-star recruit.
That leaves four-star quarterback Mabrey Mettauer as the lone verbal commitment for UW’s 2024 class.
See who's in Wisconsin football's 2023 recruiting class
Tyler Jansey — Batavia (Illinois)
Consensus three-star linebacker Tyler Jansey became the first member of the Badgers’ 2023 recruiting class when he announced his commitment on Jan. 28.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound inside linebacker ranks as the 10th-best player in his class in Illinois, per Rivals. He had 36 tackles and 5½ sacks in a six-game season as a sophomore and followed that up with 88 tackles and 16 tackles for loss in 11 games as a junior, according to MaxPreps. Jansey chose UW over offers from Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Miami (Ohio) and others.
James Durand — Basha (Arizona)
James Durand became the first offensive lineman in the 2023 class when he committed on May 6.
The Chandler, Arizona, product is a 6-foot-6, 285-pound tackle/guard who had a number of offers. Arizona, BYU, California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa State, Oregon State and Utah were among his suitors. Durand visited UW in late March and received his offer that weekend.
Durand has quick feet and good balance, which allow him to wall off defenders in pass blocks.
Justin ‘JT’ Taylor — Nazareth Academy (Illinois)
Consensus three-star defensive back Justin Taylor became the first member of the secondary to join the class when he verbally committed on May 13.
Taylor is a 6-foot, 185-pound athlete who could play cornerback or safety at the next level. He held offers to Kansas State, Army, Air Force and others before committing to UW. The Nazareth Academy (La Grange Park, Illinois) product is a native of Broadview, Illinois.
His tape shows good speed and instincts when playing the ball in the air.
Nate White — Milwaukee Rufus King
Three-star tailback Nate White from Milwaukee Rufus King became the sixth recruit in the 2023 class when he announced his decision in late May.
The 6-foot, 175-pound speedster had offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, Purdue, Kansas and others before choosing UW. White averaged 8.6 yards per carry and had 20 touchdowns as a junior, according to WisSports.net statistics.
Jordan Mayer — Thomas Jefferson (Pennsylvania)
UW added long and strong outside linebacker Jordan Mayer to the recruiting class on June 12.
Mayer, a three-star prospect listed at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, played defensive end in high school but will join the Badgers' outside linebacker room. The former Boston College commit was choosing between UW, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. Mayer hails from Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania.
A.J. Tisdell — College Station (Texas)
UW defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard and cornerbacks coach Hank Poteat dipped into Texas to secure a commitment from rising cornerback prospect A.J. Tisdell.
The College Station native is a three-star recruit according to Rivals and he held offers from Baylor, California, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and others before choosing UW. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Tisdell shows fluidity in his hips and strong hands at the point of attack.
Jace Arnold — Marietta (Georgia)
The Badgers pulled four-star cornerback Jace Arnold out of Georgia to secure their 11th commitment of the class on June 22.
Arnold, a 5-foot-11, 184-pound prospect from Marietta, had offers from Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt, among others.
Arnold is a willing tackler whose speed will be an asset for UW defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard.
Cole LaCrue — Broomfield (Colorado)
The Badgers finally got their quarterback in the 2023 class when Cole LaCrue committed in early November.
The three-star prospect is listed at 6 foot 2 and 190 pounds and has shown good running ability at the high school level. He throws on the run well and shows good touch on throws down the field.
“I'm not your typical 7-on-7 guy," LaCrue told the State Journal. "I can sit in the pocket if you're gonna give it to me and I'm gonna dice you up. But if you're gonna take that, cloud it up, I'm gonna destroy you with my legs. So it's an opportunity where I see myself thriving and it’s an opportunity for me, I think, to revolutionize this Wisconsin offense and I can give it another look that it’s been waiting for.”
Jonas Duclona — Naples (Florida)
Three-star defensive back Jonas Duclona became the first recruit of the Luke Fickell era to commit to UW. He was originally committed to Fickell and his staff at Cincinnati, but chose to follow them to UW.
He had more than 30 scholarship offers out of high school. Duclona, listed at 6 foot and 170 pounds on his Hudl profile, is slated to play in the 2023 All-American Bowl in January.
Braedyn Moore — Stephan T. Badin (Ohio)
A second Cincinnati commit flipped to the Badgers when Braedyn Moore picked UW.
The four-star safety is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 15 athlete in the class. He's listed by 247Sports at 6 foot 1½ and 190 pounds.
Tucker Ashcraft — O'Dea (Washington)
UW finally landed a tight end in the 2023 class when Tucker Ashcraft made his commitment to the Badgers.
Ashcraft was originally committed to Colorado, but reopened his recruitment after a coaching change for the Buffs. The three-star prospect is listed at 6 foot 5 and 235 pounds.
Christian Alliegro — Avon Old Farms School (Connecticut)
The Badgers picked up an intriuiging linebacker recruit out from a post-graduate school in Christian Alliegro.
The three-star prospect is listed at 6 foot 3 and 220 pounds, and he was a three-star lacrosse recruit as well.
Alliegro has tweeted Power Five offers from UW, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, NC State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Amare Snowden — Roseville (Michigan)
The Badgers landed another former Cincinnati commit in four-star defensive back Amare Snowden on signing day.
Snowden was considering UW before he verbally committed to the Bearcats, but opened his recruiting after Luke Fickell became the Badgers coach. He signed with UW on Dec. 21. He is rated as a four-star recruit by 247Sports and a three-star by Rivals.
The 6-foot-3, 187-pound cornerback fits the prototype of long, rangy outside players that Fickell has had success with in the defensive backfield.
Trech Kekahuna — Bishop Gorman (Nevada)
Luke Fickell and the Badgers landed a signing-day flip from receiver Trech Kekahuna.
He was a three-star prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings, but a four-star per Rivals.
Kekahuna was committed to the Badgers under coach Paul Chryst, but decommitted after Chryst was fired. He stayed in contact with Fickell upon his fire in late November and decided to join the UW program after committing to Arizona the week before signing day.
Kekahuna is a Hawaii native and attended Saint Louis High School — the program that produced UW All-American Nick Herbig — before attending Bishop Gorman High School as a senior.