Wisconsin lands OL 2023 James Durand out of Arizona

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Sitting on a commitment since late January, the Wisconsin Badgers have been actively offering prospects over the past few months in search of the next player to add to the 2023 recruiting class.

On Friday morning, Wisconsin secured its second commitment in the class with offensive lineman James Durand taking to social media to announce his decision.

Considered a three-star prospect by 247 Sports and Rivals, Durand is likely to start his career with the Badgers as an inside offensive lineman. At 6-foot-6 and around 285 pounds, he moves well for a player his size, making him an intriguing guard prospect in Wisconsin’s offense.

From Chandler, Arizona, Durand made the long trip to Madison for an unofficial visit in late March to see spring training and came away with a scholarship offer from new offensive line coach Bob Bostad.

A month and a half later, he joined linebacker Tyler Jansey as the Badgers’ second Class of 2023 signing and first offensive lineman.

In the end, Durand chose Wisconsin over scholarship offers from Arizona, BYU, California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa State, New -Mexico, the State of New Mexico, the State of Oregon, the State of San Diego, Utah and the State of Utah. A top athlete, Durand also had several opportunities in the Ivy League.

Durand’s addition makes a lot of sense for the Badgers after taking mostly tackles along the offensive line in recent classes. A natural inside player, Durand could be an option at center or guard the line for the Badgers.

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With the official visiting season about to begin, Durand’s commitment could spur more movement in the 2023 class and potentially help Wisconsin gain some momentum on the recruiting front. Expect to pick up an extra offensive lineman or two in this recruiting cycle to team up with Durand, with Joe Crocker being the top player on the roster early on.

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