Wisconsin LB Commit Bryan Sanborn Selected to Butkus Award High School Watch List

Jake Kocorowski

Good news for another Sanborn!

Wisconsin 2021 linebacker commit Bryan Sanborn was named to the Butkus Award's 2020 high school watch list, the Butkus Foundation announced on Monday morning. According to the organization's website, it "took stewardship of the award" in 2008 "to fully realize the original purpose of honoring athletic achievement and service to the community while honoring the nation’s best high school, college, and professional linebackers."

247Sports composite rankings, ESPN and Rivals all designate Sanborn as a three-star recruit. However, 247Sports standalone rankings grade the Lake Zurich, Ill., product as a four-star prep talent and the No. 13 inside linebacker in the nation for the 2021 class.

Sanborn announced his commitment to Wisconsin in December of 2019. His older brother -- Wisconsin inside linebacker Jack Sanborn -- was also selected to the Butkus Award collegiate watch list on Monday. 

Two other potential Wisconsin targets, Yanni Karlaftis and Jake Ratzlaff, also join the younger Sanborn on the high school watch list.

Karlaftis, who recently announced his decision day to be August 9, is rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports composite rankings, ESPN and Rivals. Rivals places him the highest among the other recruiting services as the No. 165 player overall and No. 11 outside linebacker in the 2021 class. 

In a July graphic that was part of his social media announcement, the West Lafayette, Ind., native noted Cal, Oregon, Purdue and Wisconsin with the words "Final Four" at the bottom. When asked if he has a top list of programs in a May interview with AllBadgers.com, Karlaftis acknowledged those quartet of schools.

247Sports composite rankings and Rivals rate Ratzlaff as a three-star talent, while the former's standalone rankings designate the Rosemount, Minn., native as a four-star recruit. 

247Sports reports "warm" interest for Wisconsin from Ratzlaff, while Rivals states "high" interest regarding the projected outside linebacker.

Sanborn and Karlaftis are also candidates for Sports Illustrated's SI All-American team, which will be comprised of high school senior football players..

2021 WR Reopens Recruitment

On Sunday, Joseph Manjack announced he was de-committing from SMU and reopening his recruiting process.

247Sports and ESPN designate Manjack as a three-star recruit, while Rivals grades him as a two-star prospect. The latter reports 14 offers for the Texas native, which includes opportunities from Power Five programs Arizona, Colorado, Kansas and Washington State.

The Tomball (TX) Memorial product committed to the Mustangs in early May, but he also announced the Wisconsin offer on June 17.