Myles Burkett sure made the most of his debut at Camp Randall Stadium.
The incoming University of Wisconsin verbal commit threw three touchdowns to win a WIAA football championship. His performance was the standout moment of the weekend for the Badgers' Class of 2022, which included playoff successes (and failures) across the country.
Here’s how Burkett and the other future Badgers in the 2022 recruiting class fared this weekend:
Myles Burkett, Franklin, QB
Burkett finished the job, guiding the Sabers to a 14-0 season and a WIAA Division 1 championship Friday at his future home in Camp Randall Stadium in a 38-17 win over Sun Prairie. Burkett tossed just his third and fourth interceptions of the season but countered that with 276 yards and three touchdowns on 16-of-23 passing. He found Reese Osgood five times for 169 yards and two touchdowns, including a WIAA record 88-yard strike late in the first quarter. Burkett added fourth-quarter TDs of 30 and 7 yards that kept the Cardinals at bay. Burkett, who also ran for 20 yards, finishes the season 206 of 289 for 3,427 yards, 36 TDs and four interceptions.
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Cade Yacamelli, Penn-Trafford (PA), ATH
Yacamelli dashed for 207 yards on 19 carries, bouncing back from a first-play fumble to lead the Warriors (10-2) to a 24-6 win over Pine-Richland in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class 5A semifinals Friday night. Yacamelli scored three second-half TDs in the victory on runs of 33, 1 and 17 yards. He had 161 yards in the second half alone. He heads into this week's WPIAL championship game with 1,497 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Watch Yacamelli’s 2021 season highlights here:
Tommy McIntosh, DeWitt (MI), WR
Dewitt (12-1) popped St. Joseph 43-6 in the Michigan state semifinals. McIntosh was busy early. He caught a 61-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter on a stop-and-go to make it 15-0, then hauled in a 40-yarder in the second to put the Panthers up 29-0. Full stats were not available Sunday morning, but McIntosh added at least two more catches for 20 yards.
Watch his highlights here:
Vinny Anthony II, Male (KT), WR
Anthony caught two more touchdowns as the Bulldogs (12-0) pounded another playoff opponent, blanking North Hardin 46-0 in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class 6A quarterfinals. Anthony hauled in 11- and 17-yard touchdowns in the second quarter to build a 40-0 halftime lead while QB Nic Schutte tossed five TDs. Anthony finished with five receptions for 59 yards and had a 22-yard punt return. He now has 44 catches, 901 yards and 13 TDs receiving. Anthony and Male will face Trinity in next week's state semis.
Curtis Neal, William Amos Hough (NC), DT
The Huskies (13-0) beat Mallard Creek 31-17 in the North Carolina High School Athletics Association Class 4A third round. They'll play East Forsyth in next week's quarterfinals. No stats were available for Neal from the game.
Avyonne Jones, Southlake Carroll (TX), CB
Jones had his hands on, literally, a handful of passes thrown his way, recording three pass breakups as the Dragons thumped Midland Legacy 42-7 in the IUL Texas state second round. Complete stats were not available. The Dragons play Lewisville next.
Watch his highlights here:
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Billy Schrauth, Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs, OL
The Ledgers could not muster much in Thursday's WIAA Division 6 championship loss to Colby 22-7. St. Mary's Springs ran for 168 yards on 29 rushing attempts plus 39 yards on 5-of-16 passing. Schrauth was also credited with six tackles, including half a tackle for loss.
Isaac Hamm, Sun Prairie, DL
Hamm provided a sneak peek of what Badgers fans might be able to expect, if he commits to the Badgers, with a second-quarter sack of Burkett and six tackles in Sun Prairie's 38-17 loss to Franklin in the Division 1 state championship at Camp Randall. He also had two tackles for loss. Hamm finishes the season with 73 tackles, nine sacks, 18 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Hamm has said he will announce his decision after the high school season.
J.T. Seagreaves, Monroe, TE
Barrett Nelson, Stoughton, OT
Joe Brunner, Whitefish Bay, OT
Carson Hinzman, St. Croix Central, OL
Jackson Trudgeon, Madison Edgewood, WR
John Clifford, Watertown, OL/DL
Austin Brown, Johnston City (IL), S
Jaydn Ott, Norco (CA), RB
Injury: A’Khoury Lyde, DePaul (NJ), DB
Get to know the Wisconsin Badgers' 2022 football recruiting class
Myles Burkett became the Badgers’ first Class of 2022 recruit when he announced his decision in January.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from Franklin is a three-star recruit per 247Sports and Rivals, and showed great mobility and arm strength in his junior season. He battled back from a knee injury as a sophomore to throw for 1,236 and 11 touchdowns and rush for 180 yards and a score in a pandemic-shortened season.
He’s the first in-state quarterback to earn a scholarship out of high school since 2011.
As his recruiting stock started to rise, the Badgers were able to secure a commitment from Fall Rivers’ Barrett Nelson in late June.
The offensive tackle was 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds after his junior season, and his quickness off the ball has made him a load on both the offensive and defensive lines. Nelson is a three-star recruit per 247Sports and a two-star on Rivals.
He had offers from Iowa State, Northwestern, Nebraska, Purdue and others before choosing UW.
Nelson’s father, Todd, was a Badgers offensive lineman in the late 1980s, and his brother, Jack, is currently an offensive lineman for UW.
After wowing UW coaches at a pair of camps, Monroe tight end JT Seagreaves accepted a scholarship offer in late June.
Seagreaves is an intriguing prospect for the Badgers — at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, he has the physical frame to grow into an imposing tight end, and he possesses sprinter speeds. He’s averaged more than 21 yards per catch each of the past two seasons and was starting to gain more Power Five conference interested when he committed to UW.
Seagreaves is a three-star recruit per 247Sports and a two-star according to Rivals.
In multiple trips to UW’s campus in June, Cade Yacamelli was called “a football player” by UW coaches rather than locking him into a position. He earned a scholarship offer after an impressive camp workout and accepted it in late June.
The consensus three-star athlete was starting to earn more recruiting attention from Power Five schools when he accepted the Badgers’ offer. UW was the first Power Five offer for the 6-foot, 200-pounder. He’s played receiver, running back and defensive back in high school, but likely projects as a receiver or defensive back in college.
The Penn Trafford High School product has good quickness and change-of-direction that make him dangerous with the ball in his hands.
When A’Khoury Lyde accepted a UW scholarship offer in late June, he became the first player on the defensive side of the ball to commit in the 2022 class.
Lyde (5-foot-11, 170 pounds), a consensus three-star recruit, has strong ball skills and a willingness to hit that separates him from other cornerbacks.
The Wayne, New Jersey, native is the eighth-ranked player in his state, per Rivals.
The Badgers landed a tall, speedy receiver when Tommy McIntosh committed in late June.
The DeWitt, Michigan, native stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 200 pounds. He uses his body to shield off defenders at the point of the catch and does well catching the ball away from his body. His Hudl page lists a 4.47-second 40-yard dash time, and he has breakaway speed when he gets in the open field and can use his long strides.
A consensus three-star wide receiver chose the Badgers over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
UW beefed up its defensive front by landing defensive tackle Curtis Neal.
Neal — a 6-foot-2, 310-pounder — had more than 25 scholarship offers, and reportedly was deciding between UW and Ohio State at the end of his recruiting process. Neal is a product of William Amos Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina, where the Badgers found receiver Devin Chandler in last year’s cycle.
Neal, with his size and strength, likely fits best as a nose tackle in the Badgers’ 3-4 scheme.
Jim Leonhard may have found another rangy, smart cornerback to add to his secondary in Avyonne Jones, who committed in to UW in late June.
Jones — who hails from Southlake, Texas — was on campus the weekend of June 18 for an official visit and had narrowed an extensive offer list to UW and California. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back was previously committed to Oklahoma State, but retracted that commitment in late May.
With good recovery speed and a good feel for getting his hands between a receiver’s at the point of the catch, the consensus three-star prospect is a good fit for what UW cornerbacks coach Hank Poteat said he wants from his position group.
The Badgers landed the top-ranked player in Wisconsin for the sixth consecutive recruiting class when Joe Brunner committed the last week of June.
Brunner — a 6-foot-6, 300-pound prospect from Milwaukee who attends Whitefish Bay High School — is a consensus four-star recruit and a top-10 offensive tackle in the nation.
He held at least 16 Power Five scholarship offers, including ones from a majority of the Big Ten Conference, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon and Tennessee.
VINNY ANTHONY II
Receiver Vinny Anthony II — a consensus three-star prospect from Louisville, Kentucky — joined UW's class on June 30.
Possessing a good burst of speed and long arms that extend his catch radius, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Anthony has a chance to play across the formation as a receiver.
Anthony chose UW over Cincinnati and Duke.
Austin Brown — who hails from Johnston City, Illinois, a small town outside of Carbondale — was considering offers from Boston College, Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern before choosing UW. The consensus three-star prospect had 21 known scholarship offers.
Brown committed to UW on the Fourth of July.
At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, he has a good frame already and his high school film shows a willingness to lay big hits and attack blockers. He also plays quarterback for Johnston City.
The Badgers locked in their first incoming transfer of the class in late October in Kalon Gervin, a cornerback from Michigan State.
Gervin played in 19 games for the Spartans, including seven career starts. He had 22 tackles, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery at MSU. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder from Detroit will add some experience to a cornerback group that loses its top two starters to graduation.
Gervin was offered a scholarship by UW coming out of high school.
UW added an athletic defensive line prospect in mid-November when Tristan Monday flipped his commitment from Arizona to the Badgers.
UW was interested in Monday since he arrived in high school, but his size then didn't lend itself to a natural position fit in the Badgers' defense. Now standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 240 pounds, he'll start his career as a defensive end. UW offered him a scholarship in early November and he accepted it after visiting campus Nov. 12-14.
Monday is a consensus three-star recruit who had offers from Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, Florida State and Iowa State.
After much discussion and thought, Tristan has changed his commitment and will be accepting a football scholarship offer from the University of Wisconsin. He has the utmost respect and admiration for the University of Arizona but this is an opportunity he cannot ignore. pic.twitter.com/hqf8GGqZwp— Tim Monday (@pappamonday) November 16, 2021
Vaughan, a 6-foot-4 linebacker from Walled Lake, Michigan, committed to UW in late November, choosing the Badgers over offers from programs like Colorado, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and others.
Vaughan is rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals.
Vaughan has been a late-riser on the recruiting trail, with all of his Power Five offers coming since October, but he has potential to be an inside or outside linebacker for the Badgers. He could fill the big-bodied outside ‘backer role that C.J. Goetz currently has for UW or could be a hybrid type of linebacker like UW pulled in with Jake Ratzlaff in the 2021 cycle.
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