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Get to know the Wisconsin Badgers' 2020 football recruiting class

Get to know the Wisconsin Badgers' 2020 football recruiting class

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Our Wisconsin State Journal team offers a closer look at the athletes that have committed to playing football at the University of Wisconsin beginning in the 2020 season. 


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Linebacker Jake Chaney, a three-star prospect out of Lehigh Acres, Florida, tweeted Sunday that he had committed to the Badgers. UW won the recruiting battle for Chaney over 10 other offers, including ones from Michigan, Minnesota, and Indiana.

State Journal beat reporter Colten Bartholomew does a solo podcast from his bedroom closet to talk about Badgers football news. He starts by breaking down how COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting coaches and players on the recruiting trail, how they're adjusting, how the regular season might be altered by COVID-19, and the financial impacts that football has on UW athletics. Then, he shares part of his conversation with Alvis Whitted, UW's new receivers coach.

"I would always maybe not take things as seriously or do all the things that I should be doing. To me, that’s not what a leader should do, and I think those are the things that I’ve fixed now,” Van Lanen said. “I’ve put myself in this position, and I’ve been playing for a few years now and I’m one of the oldest guys in the room. That’s all part of it, too.”