With a little twist, Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley Top247 2021 tight end Jack Pugh is headed to the college he’s always wanted to attend. The four-star recruit announced his commitment to head coach Paul Chryst and Wisconsin on Memorial Day Monday afternoon.
“Ironically Wisconsin was his dream school for a long time, believe it or not, for basketball,” his father Dan Pugh started in. “He played his first year of football last fall and they came in early and offered and that was a big deal for Jack. He’s built a really good relationship with (Badgers tight ends coach) Micky Turner and the coaches are all down to earth and good guys and he feels comfortable with the coaching staff and the recruits coming in as well.”
Speaking of those recruits, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Pugh is commit No. 11 for the Badgers here in this 2021 recruiting cycle. He chose to play for Chryst, Turner and company over an offer list that also included Michigan, Penn State, Indiana, Boston College, Duke, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, West Virginia and Northwestern. Pugh’s older brother Trey plays for the Wildcats in Evanston.
“One of the things Jack said is Wisconsin is a couple hours away from Chicago and his brother is his best friend and his brother is going to be there another couple years and it’s nice to be close to your best friend,” the elder Pugh said. “There were some other schools he loved including Penn State and the coaching staff there was amazing but the proximity to his brother definitely had a part in the decision.”
Pugh’s pledge sees Wisconsin rise three spots to No. 17 in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings. He is tabbed by the Top247 as the No. 6 tight end in the country, the No. 6 overall prospect in Ohio and No. 159 player overall.
“The coaching staff is really, really easy to talk to,” Pugh’s dad said. “Good guys. Wisconsin comes across as a blue-collar type of program and that fits perfectly with the way Jack approaches things. They win a lot and it’s just a great fit.”
Pugh has been to Madison three times including one time for basketball, the Badgers win over Iowa last fall and then this past March.
“Jack talked to Coach Turner and he was pretty pumped and glad to have Jack in the program and they think he’s an every-down type of tight end. Blocking, catching and everyone was pretty pumped on the call.”
Pugh will enroll early at Wisconsin.
“He is very pumped to get started,” Dan Pugh said. “He’s going to work with the coaches on a workout plan in making sure he’s on the right track.”
247Sports National Analyst Allen Trieu compares Peery’s game to that of Buffalo Bills tight end Tyler Kroft.
“Prototypical frame for the position. Lines up out-wide as well as one the ball in high school. Long strider who can cover ground quickly. Natural pass-catcher away from his body. Runs well and runs tough after the catch. Shows physicality both as an offensive and defensive player. Can go up and get the ball in traffic but that is something we would want to see a player of his size do more of. Can be a complete tight end because he is willing to block but also runs routes and catches the ball like a wide receiver. Should be highly productive in college and have a great shot to play in the pros.”