JT Seagreaves had two football camps at the University of Wisconsin, six basketball games and a track meet over the span of six days this month.
It was a non-stop schedule that bore fruit — Seagreaves earned a scholarship offer from the football program for his standout showings at those camps June 3 and 7. After an official visit to campus over the weekend that included time at Memorial Union Terrace and at coach Paul Chryst’s house, Seagreaves accepted the offer Monday, becoming the third class of 2022 commit and giving UW a quickly rising prospect.
“It's been really crazy, honestly,” Seagreaves said. “It came from very little. And I got my tape out there and got some numbers with track and some other things. And it's really cool because it just kept building. I feel like it got me to where I am now. And I'm really happy with the decisions I made.”
Seagreaves, a 6-foot-6 tight end, has put his versatility and athleticism on display in a number of sports for the Cheesemakers, where he is a receiver and defensive end on the football field, a forward for the basketball team and a sprinter on the track and field team.
That range of skills and year-round focus were things Badgers coaches liked.
“I think all the coaches love that side of me,” he said. “Me always wanting to compete and do my best at whatever I do. And they see that it's helped me be versatile and be better at several things to the best football player I can.”
Seagreaves averaged 21.5 yards per catch for Monroe in the spring season, according to Wissports.com. He had six catches for 129 yards and a touchdown in four games as a junior after posting 19 catches for 499 yards (26.3 per catch) and three scores as a sophomore.
He’s a three-star prospect according to 247Sports, a two-star per Rivals and is not ranked by ESPN. His only other confirmed offer was from Illinois State, but he’d drawn interest from Minnesota and North Dakota as well.
With his size and speed — he’s run the 100-meter dash in 10.95 seconds at 6-6 and 220 pounds — there’s belief that the Badgers found a late-blooming talent who only will get better as he continues to mature.
With his college decision behind him, Seagreaves said he wants to add some muscle to his frame to prepare to play tight end at the collegiate level.
“Get faster, stronger, whatever they need,” Seagreaves said about his goals. “I’m going to work with (UW tight ends) coach (Mickey) Turner on some of the things about getting ready.
“I think that I have a lot of potential at the tight end position with my size, but I also think I'm kind of versatile with some speed to be able to move around. … I see myself being able to play wherever they need me.”
Breaking down the Wisconsin Badgers 2021 recruiting class by position
Number of players: 1
Who are they: Deacon Hill (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Quick analysis: Hill has a strong arm and shown enough in camps to rise to a four-star recruit on Rivals. Competition level is a question mark at the high school level, but he’s got the tools to be a good college quarterback.
Rudolph’s thoughts on Hill: Quarterbacks coach Jon Budmayr “identified him really early. We thought he had great arm strength when you compared him to the best players in the country who were out there. We thought he was right there from the jump. … We really liked him, we felt personality-wise the people that surrounded him and supported him, how he worked, all those things were a great fit for us.”
Number of players: 3
Who are they: Jackson Acker (Madison), Loyal Crawford (Eau Claire), Antwan Roberts (Nashville, Tenn.)
Quick analysis: There’s been talk about Acker switching positions at the college level, but UW listed him as a running back Wednesday. Acker didn’t play in the fall due to COVID-19, but he has shown a good mix of speed and power as a ball carrier. … Crawford has a James White-level ceiling as a third-down back and the most shiftiness of the bunch. … Roberts has explosion and proven ability to run through tackles.
Rudolph’s thoughts on the group: “I think they’re all kind of unique. Jackson’s a guy that obviously would have position flexibility, but he kind of is explosive. … Then you see Loyal, and Loyal’s got great speed, great change of direction, a chance for a home run hitter. I think he’s got great quicks in and out and, again, I think all these guys, we’ll find out exactly where they’re at when they come in, but I think guys that are just really good football players as well. … Antwan, what he does to this point, complete back and had a great senior year.”
Number of players: 2
Who are they: Skyler Bell (Bronx, N.Y.), Markus Allen (Clayton, Ohio, expected to sign Wednesday evening)
Quick analysis: The Badgers landed two players who possess good speed and agility at arguably the biggest position of need in the class. … Bell has a suddenness to his cuts that makes him dangerous as a receiver and returner. … Allen shows good ball skills when making contested catches and great body control.
Rudolph’s thoughts on Bell, who wasn’t able to visit campus before committing: “I just think you take the time to reach out. Whether it was Zoom meetings with him and his family, or whether it was phone calls, you took the time to be able to answer questions that pop up in their minds. I think those things are always huge.”
Number of players: 1
Who are they: Jack Pugh (Columbus, Ohio)
Quick analysis: He has long strides that help him cover a lot of ground and he’s shown an array of route-running skills from both an on-line and split-out positions.
Rudolph’s thoughts on Pugh: “Jack played his first year of football last year. This was his second year. Really a guy that was a hoop player that jumped into it. Watching his film, I thought he was really physical for a guy that hadn’t played football. He was physical at D-end as well as tight end. I think he’s got the ability to separate. I think he’s got really a lot of speed and explosiveness.”
Number of players: 3
Who are they: JP Benzschawel (Grafton), Riley Mahlman (Lakeville, Minn.), Nolan Rucci (Lititz, Pa.)
Quick analysis: The Badgers are set up to continue churning out great O-lines for years to come after an impressive haul of linemen in 2019. … Benzschawel is the third of his brothers to come to UW, and he’s shown great power and strength as a blocker. … Mahlman might be the most athletic of the bunch, having played tight end for a time in high school and as a basketball standout. … Rucci, the lone five-star recruit in the class, has all the tools to become an All-American tackle.
Rudolph’s thoughts on the group: “I think they’re big, athletic guys that you have to have as defenses are pretty darn athletic and being able to keep up with them. … I think those guys match in their work ethic and their mind-set, I think they’ll make a major impact here.”