Will Campbell is the best offensive tackle that Louisiana has seen since Cam Robinson, who of course had a stellar run at Alabama before being drafted in the first round by Jacksonville. An impact blocker since his freshman year at Monroe (La.) Neville, Campbell was a nationally coveted tackle that at 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, has fantastic size, length and a tenacity to maul over defenders.
Campbell is explosive and agile. He plays with a mean streak, and most importantly he has been consistently excellent through the span of his prep career and at various events. He’ll be a building block for Brian Kelly and Brad Davis at they begin their tenure in Baton Rouge. – Sam Spiegelman, National Recruiting Analyst
Joe Brunner is no-nonsense, stays out of the limelight, doesn’t talk much about his recruitment, goes about his business and is a tough, physical offensive tackle who plays through the whistle and imposes his will on his opponent. Does that sound like Wisconsin football or what?
In terms of which prospect is the best fit for a program along the offensive line, Brunner fits the bill perfectly. The Whitefish Bay, Wis., standout committed to the Badgers in June without a lot of fanfare, never really played the recruiting game and will probably go to Madison, bulk up some more, kick butt for three or four years and then we will regret not having him even higher in the Rivals rankings. – Adam Gorney, National Director of Recruiting
Brunner is a lunch-pail-to-work guy in the trenches and will bring a welcomed hard-nosed mentality to the Badgers’ roster this fall. Brunner is big, athletic for his position and punishing. When college football fans think of Wisconsin’s power offense controlled by the offensive line, Brunner is a perfect fit. – Ryan Wright, National Recruiting Analyst
Brunner is the prototype when it comes to what Wisconsin offensive linemen are known for. He is nasty, as physical as they get, and comes with bad intentions on every snap. While there are still some questions about his prowess as a pass blocker, his ability to dominate in the run game is perfect for the Wisconsin offensive scheme.
He has the skill-set to play either tackle or guard, and at 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds, he already possesses Big Ten size. That combination should give him a chance to be an early contributor for the Badgers. – Clint Cosgrove, National Recruiting Analyst
Notre Dame has produced a ton of great offensive linemen over the years, many of them under Harry Hiestand, and Wagner could be the next great one. Hiestand, Notre Dame’s new/returning offensive line coach, turned Mike McGlinchey into a top-10 NFL Draft pick and, while McGlinchey is a couple inches taller than Wagner, there are some similarities in their games.
Both were very lean as high school seniors but played much stronger than they looked. McGlinchey didn’t earn his first start until Notre Dame’s bowl game during his sophomore year and it could take Wagner the same length of time to get physically ready to contribute on a consistent basis. Obviously, things worked out great for McGlinchey and Wagner could follow that same progression. – Adam Friedman, National Recruiting Analyst