Chryst-Ruckert decision

Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst instructs his team during a stoppage in play during the first half of the Big Ten Football Championship Game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

The University of Wisconsin football team missed out Monday on landing the prospect many are touting as the nation’s top tight end for 2018.

Lindenhurst (N.Y.) High’s Jeremy Ruckert announced his verbal commitment to Ohio State on Twitter after naming Michigan, Notre Dame and the Badgers as his other three finalists.

Ruckert also had offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Penn State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia Tech, UCLA and many other Power Five schools.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end ranks as a five-star prospect and the No. 11 player in the country by 247sports. Scout, Rivals and ESPN all give Ruckert four stars, with Scout and ESPN ranking him in the top 40 overall.

The Badgers’ 2018 class remains at 19 members and could be complete with more than six months remaining until National Signing Day in February.

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