2014 Wisconsin football signings list

A W crest emblem is seen on the Field House from inside of Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Oct. 6, 2012.
A W crest emblem is seen on the Field House from inside of Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Oct. 6, 2012. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Coach Gary Andersen hopes he’s added speed and athleticism at receiver and defensive back in his first recruiting class after a full year on the job at Wisconsin.

The secondary is one area where playing time might be immediately available come spring ball with two starting spots open. The Badgers brought in four recruits there.

The secondary was exposed a bit in Wisconsin’s season-ending upset loss to Penn State.

The Badgers lost one of the Big Ten’s top receivers in Jared Abbrederis and struggled to get production from others at the position. Consensus four-star prospect Dareian Watkins from Ohio is one of five receiver signees.

Four-star prospect D.J. Gillins out of Florida is described as a dual-threat quarterback. He’s already enrolled at Wisconsin.

Football signees announced Wednesday by Wisconsin, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:

Beau Benzschawel, ol, 6-5, 280, Grafton (Wis.) HS

Taiwan Deal, rb, 6-1, 225, Dematha HS, Capitol Heights, Md.

Michael Deiter, ol, 6-5,  310, Genoa HS, Curtice, Ohio

D’Cota Dixon, cb, 5-11, 190, New Smyrna Beach HS, Oak Hill, Fla.

T.J. Edwards, olb, 6-0, 230, Lakes Community HS, Lake Villa, Ill.

Lubern Figaro, s, 6-1, 185, Everett (HS) Mass.

Rafael Gaglianone, k, 6-0, 220, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor HS, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Jaden Gault, ol, 6-6, 310, Monona Grove HS, Cottage Grove, Wis.

D.J. Gillins, qb, 6-3, 185, Ribault HS, Jacksonville, Fla.

Billy Hirschfeld, dl, 6-6, 270, Hartland Arrowhead HS, Okauchee, Wis.

Austin Hudson, s, 6-2, 190, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.

Natrell Jamerson, wr, 6-0, 175, Vanguard HS, Ocala, Fla.

Chris Jones, wr, 6-2, 190, Dematha HS, Baltimore

Micah Kapoi, ol, 6-4, 305, Kapolei (Hawaii) HS

Caleb Kinlaw, rb, 5-9, 190, Goose Creek (S.C.) HS

Jacob Maxwell, ol, 6-6, 280, Greendale (Wis.) HS

George Panos, ol, 6-5, 290, Arrowhead HS, Hartland, Wis.

Jeremy Patterson, dl, 6-3, 285, Wayne County HS, Screven, Ga.

George Rushing III, wr, 6-1, 180, Cardinal Gibbons HS, Miramar, Fla.

Krenwick Sanders, wr, 6-2, 190, Wayne County HS, Jesup, Ga.

Conor Sheehy, dl, 6-4, 275, Marquette HS, Milwaukee

Derrick Tindal, cb, 5-11, 180, Boyd Anderson HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Ula Tolutau, rb, 6-2, 235, Salt Lake City East HS, Glendale, Utah

Serge Trezy, s, 6-1, 200, Agape Christian HS, Eastern Arizona JC, Orlando, Fla.

Dareian Watkins, wr, 6-1, 200, Galion (Ohio) HS

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