They went from having no QBs to having every QB.
Evers and Mordecai transfer in
4* recruit from Texas in the
2022 2024 class
Myles Burkett is a promising Freshman QB
Chase Wolf saw this crowded room and said, "Great, I will come back for a 6th season"
Depth is good, but something tells me that some will exit after spring ball.
I haven't looked at their recruiting in years, so went looking, and it appears they have a top 300 QB commit from the 2024 class - is that what you meant? Can't find any other highly rated QB's from their past number of years.
The interesting thing I noticed when perusing their recruiting history (and future) is that there has been a dearth of high end RB recruits. Over the course of 5 years (2023 and earlier), their RB recruits are ranked: 136 (Berger, who has since transferred), 227 (Allen, who was recruited as LB), 553, 571, 668. So other than Allen, it's 3 kids ranked at 553 and lower. Maybe some of the "athletes" were recruited as RB, don't know. Considering this is WI, I found that fascinating. Obviously, with the caveat that the transfer portal can change that in a hurry.
Everybody seems to be saying that Fickell will air it out more (I looked it up when the news was fresh, but I believe his splits at Cincy were like 60/40 run/pass). The UNC OC I believe was closer to 50/50 run/pass split. So I think it's obvious they'll be passing more and relying on the running game less. If nothing else, it'll be a different looking WI team than we've seen for the past 30 years.
I can't say I'm going to get too worked up over their QB recruits yet. Mordecai has one year of eligibility left. Although he is likely an upgrade over Mertz. Between Burkett (who was not a big-time recruit, ranked at 760 overall, which at this point is all we have to go on) and Evers, it's likely the loser of that battle in 2024 will look elsewhere, as that is the world we live in now. The 2024 kid, who knows - a lot can happen between now and then. I think their QB play will likely be improved moving forward, but it's likely (based on comments above about RB recruiting and style of play) that their RB play will decline once Allen is gone. Can they get enough dynamic WR/athletes to complement a better passing game? Looking at the past 4 years at WR, their top WR commit from each year are ranked 376 (Markus Allen, who has transferred), 582 (Dike), 736, 765. So again, not ready to proclaim their offense as going to be rivaling the conference's best just yet.