D.J. Gillins Commits to Wisconsin: Badgers Land 4-Star Dual-Threat QB

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJuly 9, 2013

Credit: 247Sports
Credit: 247Sports

Quarterback D.J. Gillins. a 4-star prospect, is the latest player to commit to Wisconsin, which is putting together a stellar 2014 recruiting class in Gary Anderson's first season as head coach.

Gillins picked the Badgers over Arizona and Boston College, according to 247Sportst. He also had offers from Kentucky, West Virginia and Vanderbilt, among others. The intriguing prospect told Gary Anderson last week that he was on board, telling 247Sports:

They were very excited...They kept saying they were fired up. I talked to the head coach and three other coaches at the same time. It was pretty interesting. All their reactions were pretty much the same. It was pretty cool.

Wisconsin now has 11 commitments for the 2014 class, but Gillins may be the biggest addition yet.

The Badgers have not had much success recruiting quarterbacks. But that appears to be changing. Gillins will soon join JUCO transfer Tanner McEvoy and eventually team up with 2015 commitment Austin Kafentzis.

Gillins is the 127th-best player in this class and is the second-best dual-threat quarterback, according to 247Sports. He displays solid arm strength and good touch on his throws. He can improve on his accuracy, but his athleticism and playmaking ability are tough to ignore. The Badgers will now have their first true dual-threat quarterback since Russell Wilson.

The downside with Gillins is that he is coming off a torn ACL that he suffered his junior season. Such a serious injury cannot be ignored, especially for somebody who uses his legs as a weapon. Per the report, Gillins doesn't seem concerned about the injury and said he believes Wisconsin is getting a top-notch player.

"They're getting a leader," he said. "A dual-threat quarterback. They're also getting a great person. That's all I can say."

This commitment not only brightens the future at quarterback, but it also opens the doors for other offensive players to consider Madison. Wisconsin is in the running for 4-star tight end Mike Gesicki, 4-star athlete Jamil Kamara and 4-star running back Joe Mixon.