In an era where the sports world overflows with young talents, it’s the perfect time to cast our gaze back on some of the greatest high school football prodigies Wisconsin has ever produced. This is where we introduce the top 10 high-rated Wisconsin high school football players of all time.
Our list, painstakingly compiled, is based on the 247Sports’ Composite Rating – a proprietary algorithm, rendering an amalgamation of rankings and ratings into a comprehensive index. The rating symbolizes the athlete’s standing, with 1.0000 denoting the top rank.
These are Wisconsin’s High-rated Wisconsin high school football players of all time.
1. Josh Oglesby – 0.9936
The journey of Josh Oglesby took flight from the football fields of St. Francis. In spite of missing most of his senior year due to a knee injury, he was regarded as the top offensive tackle in the nation. His post-high school achievements include first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2011 and becoming an undrafted free agent, subsequently signing with Washington.
2. Justin Ostrowski – 0.9835
Portage High School’s pride, Justin Ostrowski, scaled the heights to become a five-star recruit, ultimately deciding to play for the Badgers over Notre Dame. Unfortunately, a broken kneecap and torn PCL in 2005 changed his trajectory. He did return to the field but retired from football in 2007.
3. Travis Beckum – 0.9827
Donning the Knight’s armor, Travis Beckum exhibited extraordinary skills as an outside linebacker with an impressive senior year record. His talents transitioned seamlessly when he moved to tight end for the Badgers, resulting in a selection by the New York Giants in the 2009 NFL Draft.
4. Ben Bredeson – 0.9799
Ben Bredeson, an Arrowhead graduate, played an instrumental role in four consecutive state championship appearances, winning two of them. His prowess earned him the Joe Thomas Award as the state’s top offensive lineman. Bredeson’s accomplishments carried into his University of Michigan tenure, leading to his eventual draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
5. Greg Pauly – 0.9771
Rising from Waukesha South, Greg Pauly etched his name in the 1999 all-state team before becoming a crucial part of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. His fifth year saw him record 37 tackles and one sack.
6. John Clay – 0.9751
The remarkable John Clay emerged from the Washington Park Panthers. His stellar high school career led to a commitment with the Badgers, where he racked up 3,413 rushing yards, 41 touchdowns, and the 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year title.
7. Rhyan Anderson – 0.9705
Rhyan Anderson, after playing in Florida and Oklahoma, found his footing at Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He achieved national recognition and contributed significantly to the Knights’ 12-1 record before pledging his loyalty to the Miami Hurricanes.
8. Darius Jones – 0.9703
Darius Jones became a standout player at Beloit Memorial, leading to his three-time all-state selection. Despite grappling with injuries during his collegiate career, he made a significant impact in the 2002 Alamo Bowl victory over the 14th-ranked Colorado team.
9. Nick Hayden – 0.9679
With roots in Arrowhead, Nick Hayden was recognized as the 10th-best defensive tackle in the nation. After a notable three-year career with the Badgers, Hayden was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2008.
10. Trey Wedig – 0.9641
Finally, our list concludes with Trey Wedig, a prominent four-star recruit from Kettle Moraine. Wedig committed to the University of Wisconsin, where he’s currently enhancing his skills and has already made significant strides in his budding career.
To conclude, these ten Wisconsin high school football heroes each carried the beacon of excellence in their unique ways. Their impressive ratings reflect not just their raw talent, but also their perseverance, passion, and commitment to the sport. As they remind us, success is not simply about making the team; it’s about leaving a legacy. And for these athletes, their legacy continues to inspire future generations of football stars.