Grading the Quarterbacks in Wisconsin's 2019 Signing Class

Grading the Quarterbacks in Wisconsin's 2019 Signing Class

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Grading the Quarterbacks in Wisconsin's 2019 Signing Class

MADISON, Wis. – It is hard to know how the careers are going to turn out for the 19 scholarship players who signed with Wisconsin during the early signing period, but the Badgers signed a top-30 class that experts are calling the best in the modern recruiting era (since 2000).

In this Badgers Insider feature, we will grade the quarterback position group and how it will impact Wisconsin.

Quarterback: Graham Mertz (Four Stars)

Mertz committed to Wisconsin on October 8, 2017, and stuck with his commitment when virtually every major school in the country offered him a scholarship. That’s a credit to Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst and quarterback coach Jon Budmayr selling Mertz on his potential in the UW offense.

Mertz will finish his high school career in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio (January 5) and then enroll in Madison, a decision that will help him make the transition to college football, get him comfortable taking snaps under center and perfecting his drop back. If he can throw with the same kind of consistently under center that he did as a high school senior (61.1 percent of his passes, 3,886 yards, state-record 51 touchdowns) and get the playbook down, he’ll give himself the chance of earning meaningful reps next season.

But until Mertz takes a snap in a college practice, it is hard to know how he compares to the other quarterbacks on the roster. The most realistic goal for Mertz would be to get his feet wet and prepare him to battle for the starting quarterback job in 2020. However, if quarterback Alex Hornibrook continues to underperform, the Mertz era has a chance to start sooner rather than later. When that happens, the roar of the fan base will be deafening.

Positional Grade: A

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