Badgers: Top QB commit shuts down his recruitment

Graham Mertz will, in fact, be coming to Wisconsin this December as an early enrollee.

Committed to the Badgers since last fall but still talking with other schools, the 4-star quarterback took to Twitter on Thursday night to let everyone know the recruiting process is over for him.


“Thank you to every coach that has taken the time to extend an offer to me,” Mertz tweeted. “This past year has truly been an amazing blessing. I got to know many great people and coaches who have my utmost respect.

“I am ready to move on past the recruitment process and just play ball. I owe it to all my teammates to completely shut down my recruitment and focus on winning another state title.

“This process has shown me that Wisconsin is the best fit for me as a student-athlete. It is time to bring together the best recruiting class Wisconsin has ever seen and bring a natty to Madison.

“With that being said, I am completely shutting down my recruitment.”

Mertz will come to Madison as the highest-rated quarterback the school has ever recruited and likely the most sought after. Though Wisconsin was one of the first to offer the Kansas product a scholarship, tons more came through in the last eight months, including from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, USC and many more of the blue blood programs in the country.

Getting the Elite 11 finalist and Under Armour All-American to stick despite all that attention is a significant win for coach Paul Chryst and his staff.