ORIGINAL: Karl H
ORIGINAL: Lynn G.
I have a question for all of you college football experts. For the second year in a row Wisconsin has brought in a transfer student to start at QB, which means that the kids they recruited for the spot have had to sit and watch.
Does this give QB recruits a reason to look past Wisconsin for the next couple of years because they can't be sure they'll get any playing time? If O'Brien turns out to be as much of a success as Wilson, who is to say that they won't bring in another transfer student again and again - thus leaving their recruits with nothing to do? Just wondering.
Short answer is no. Those two guys (Wilson & O'Brien) were pretty rare examples. A transfer almost always has to sit out a year, but both of those guys had already graduated so they could play right away. You just don't normally see that. As far as the recruits go, this past year they signed & are redshirting a kid named Houston. I think he was a 4 star and rated higher than Phil Nelson by most. I assume that's why Wisconsin never offered Nelson. Houston knew that O'Brien was coming and it didn't seem to matter (at least in his case). O'Brien is no Russell Wilson. Let's see if he even remains the starter. On a side note, I see Wisc already fired the offensive line coach :-)
The Badgers had injuries to the recruited QBs this year as well as last year, so it's not like they can't recruit...They just can't seem to stay healthy. It shouldn't have any affect on their recruiting in the future.